Making Sense of Residential Real Estate Taxes | Self-Paced V.3

3 modules



Course Length
3 hours

REALTORS Real Estate School

$25 - 28


While real estate tax computations are not within the duties of the real estate agent, it is the broker to whom the client often turns for clarification of taxes and tax prorations. Therefore, it is a benefit to the broker and to the client that the broker understands these processes.

The course educates the real estate agent in how real estate taxes are calculated. Learning how taxes are prorated for closings enables the agent to assist a seller in estimating closing costs when preparing a seller net sheet. The course educates agents so that they can explain how taxes are levied, prorated and protested. The information on how to protest real estate taxes is useful for the agent in assisting sellers and buyers in determining if they should protest their taxes.


3 Hours Elective CE Credit


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Learning Objectives:

  • Where tax monies are used in the community.
  • The process by which real estate taxes are levied.
  • What the Property Index Number (PIN) means.
  • How to read and understand a tax bill.
  • Understanding that real estate taxes are an automatic lien on a property which, if unpaid, can force a sale of the property.
  • How property taxes are calculated.
  • How to prorate real estate taxes for closings and assisting the seller to calculate a net sheet.
  • What exemptions and deductions can be applied to the tax bill.
  • How to protest real estate taxes.
  • The types of property sales that are a result of unpaid real estate taxes.
  • Special Assessments
  • The process by which the state of Illinois levies taxes.


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Online_Making Sense_Transcript - 564.003012

Learning Credits

CE Self-Paced Course Overview
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