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Real Estate Transfer Stamps

Thinking of Selling or Transferring Your Home?

If you are considering selling or transferring the ownership of your home, you need to follow the steps below in order to obtain a Real Estate Transfer Stamp.

Beginning in the Community Development Department, you will need to:

  1. Apply for and submit a Real Estate Transfer Application for Certificate of Inspection no less than 21 days prior to closing, unless the property is exempt (see checklist for more information).
  2. Submit an application fee ($100 for a single family home).
  3. Have your property inspected. When the inspection is conducted, you will be provided with a report of any items that need to be corrected. You may make the corrections and have a re-inspection, or the purchaser may sign a Guarantee of Compliance and post an escrow to guarantee that the work will be completed within 30 days. (Sample Real Estate Transfer Inspection Checklist) Please review the additional inspections guidelines applicable due to the COVID-19 pandemic on the inspection requirement form.
  4. Submit a plat of survey of the property that is less than one-year old. Community Development can be contacted with inquiries on the application and inspection process at 630.260.6030. Email inquiries can be sent to

Once the inspection passes or the Guarantee of Compliance is signed and escrow posted, you may obtain a Transfer Stamp by finishing these steps at the Finance Department. You will need to:

  1. Submit a FOIA request to determine if there is any outstanding debt owed to the Village (i.e., unpaid invoices related to building, code, lien filing fees, parking ticket fees, and applicable rental fees).
  2. Obtain and pay the final water bill along with any outstanding debt owed to the Village.
  3. Submit the Real Estate Stamp Transfer Declaration.
  4. Submit a copy of the deed.
  5. Submit a State of Illinois Real Estate Transfer Declaration (PTAX-203) form.
  6. Pay for the transfer stamp. The tax is $3.00 for every $1,000 of value or fraction thereof.

Specific Requirements

The following checklist provides additional information on each step in the process to assist you with the necessary requirements in obtaining a Real Estate Transfer Stamp. If at any time during the process you have questions and require additional clarifications or assistance, please contact the Finance Department at 630.260.6000.