Presenting property tax appealsOctober 2009Column, Page 532Q: The fair market value of my house has decreased since the recession, but my property taxes haven’t. I’ve filed an appeal of my assessment with the Board of Review, and I’m waiting for the hearing. What is my best argument at the hearing? What should I take with me in the way of evidence? What are my chances in getting the taxes reduced?
Real Estate on HoldBy James K. WestonApril 2009Column, Page 206The real-estate market, still frozen by fear, is producing few opportunities.
Creative ways to fend off foreclosureBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2009LawPulse, Page 116Two lawyers think outside the box to help clients hang on to their homes, one by negotiating with lenders, the other by leveraging the power of Chapter 13.
New law attempts to simplify zoning hearingsBy Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2008LawPulse, Page 498 A new law classifies zoning decisions as legislative acts, not administrative rulings. This will streamline zoning proceedings, proponents say.
The New RESPA RegulationBy James K. WestonOctober 2008Column, Page 532The Federal Reserve finally issues a new RESPA rule.
Bidder bewareBy Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2008LawPulse, Page 438Winning bidders at judicial foreclosure sales can ultimately lose if a subsequent buyer offers more and the lender withdraws its foreclosure motion before the judge confirms the sale, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled.
Cashing in on home sweet homeBy Helen W. GunnarssonApril 2008LawPulse, Page 174Reverse mortgages are a popular, if controversial, way for elderly clients to cash in on the equity in their homes. Here's how they work and why you should be wary.