Is it worth fighting your assessment? Sometimes it is. Sometimes you run the risk of the Tax Man realizing that he didn’t know about the addition you built, or the half bath you added and your assessment might go off in directions you didn’t intend or expect.
Scrutinize your assessment for mistakes – I recently talked with a homeowner whose square footage for the basement is listed on the assessment as double what it should be. If you can find an old appraisal, that can help in establishing the correct square footage.
I talked to a real estate appraiser earlier this week who also works with homeowners to help them fight their assessments. He says Prince George’s County and Baltimore have the most mistakes on their tax records in terms of square footage. If you want his name and number, let me know and I’ll send it to you.
And sometimes you get the following result:
I about fell of my stool tonight opening mail. I received a Final Notice of Assessment from the State of MD.
They have reduced my total assessment from $301,000 down to $208,000. Land stayed at $70,000 but the buildings, other went from $230,900 down to $138,000.
Overall I know it’s not great news but until values go back up at least I will be paying less property taxes.I have you to THANK for the comps and the dialogue we had. I owe you!
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!
If you want to fight your own assessment, you can use a recent appraisal – that’s the best tool, especially if it’s within the past 3 to 6 months. However, even though comparable properties were scarce, we apparently found enough to convince the assessor that this particular property was being over-assessed.
For those of us here in Cheverly, we’ll be reassessed this fall and we’ll have our new tax bill in January.
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