A well written appraisal is the most powerful and persuasive form of evidence that can be used to establish market value. In Illinois, a high quality appraisal can only be performed by a state certified 153 General Appraiser. We only engage an appraiser when it appears likely that the result obtained will be cost-effective to the client in terms of tax savings.

The major advantage of an appraisal is that it gives the assessing officials something tangible to base their assessment on. Without an appraisal, the assessing official is forced to rely on homemade data which is often conservative and tends to value the subject property at a higher than realistic value.

The Cook County Board of Review encourages the use of appraisals bearing the MAI or CAE designation for larger properties. An analysis of results from the Cook County Board of Review during 2014 showed that those appellants who engaged such an appraiser fared much more favorably than those who offered other types of evidence.

On June 6, 2005, the former Cook County Assessor announced that his office no longer required an appraisal for a property that is fully or partially leased. We thought differently then and proceeded accordingly. As thousands of cases have proved, there is no stronger evidence, nothing more compelling, than a high-quality appraisal.

We’ve dealt with more appraisers than you can imagine. In my opinion, the appraisers below represent some of the best and brightest in terms of quality and efficiency.

Buchaniec & Company,
Richard Buchaniec, MAI, CAE
1758 Bittersweet Drive
St. Anne, Illinois 60964
Telephone: 312-719-5851

Andrew G. Hartigan, MAI
515 Ridge Road
Wilmette, IL 60091
 (847) 800-3904

LaSalle Appraisal Group
Joseph M. Ryan, MAI
11 S. LaSalle Street
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Telephone: 312-541-1661

Meridian Appraisal Group
George K. Stamas
2100 S. Marshall Blvd.
Chicago, Illinois 60623
Telephone: 773-277-8201

Real Estate Analysis Corp.
Michael J. Kelly, MAI
205 N. Michigan Avenue
Suite 3916
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Telephone: 312-346-1020

Regional Valuations
P. Charles Hynes, MAI
1002 N. Cleveland Ave.
Des Plaines, Illinois 60068

SAS, Inc.
Michael Gilligan, MAI
10448 S. Western Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60643
Telephone: 773-233-6044

S. Siegel & Associates,
Martin Siegel
2217 Lakeside Drive
Deerfield, Illinois 60015
Telephone: 847-283-0101

Terrence O’Brien & Co.

Terrence M. O’Brien, MAI
1247 Waukegan Road
Suite 103
Glenview, Illinois 60062
Telephone: 847-729-1310

Zimmerman Group, Ltd.
Susan Z. Ulman, MAI
111 W. Washington Blvd.
Suite 750
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Telephone: 312-782-8000

This list is not exclusive. All licensed appraisers are encouraged to apply to be listed here.

Contact Us

For more information about our services:

Fitzgerald Law Group, PC
7035 High Grove Boulevard
Burr Ridge, Illinois 60527
Telephone: (630) 371 – 4000

Other offices in Chicago & Culver

E-mail: jpf@fitzgeraldlg.com

Text: 312.346.3000