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Updating county records after a remodel

We recently added a bathroom and reduced a bedroom, going from a 5/2 to a 4/3 configuration (all with permits). The county records still indicate the old config. What are the pros/cons of having the records adjusted ? Does property tax increase based on that ?
  • December 15 2011 - Saratoga
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As everything was done with permits,  and the county didn't  modify it's records -  I would make sure that all the final paperwork and inspections are on file with the county. 

If it has been "final"  and approved save the records for when you go to sell.  Unpermitted modifications will cost you in re-sale value.  I can't say it will affect your property tax, I am thinking that if it does not affect the sq ft of the property .. the tax will remain the same -- that should be "confirmable"  with a call/visit to the records department.

In Santa Clara County, there are times when what is published on the Multiple Listing Service is in conflict with what is reported by the county. As a listing agent puts the listing on the MLS -- many fields are auto populated by the MLS using county records.  Then the agent has the choice of leaving it, or modifying and indicating whether the modification is by the owner, or the agent. 

If the MLS indicates it is not "per county record"  .. that is a flag to any buyer or buyers agent (if they catch it :) ) ... for further investigation,  in any event, in a normal sale -- the owner once an offer is accepted (and often before an offer occurs)  will have to disclose the remodel.

I think at that time,  the home owner gets "highest and best" property value, including the remodel -- if the county record accurrately reflects the condition of the property... It just simply eliminates questions.

Next best, certainly is to have a copy of all the permits and inspection reports. 

don
  • December 16 2011
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Have you checked the records again recently? Sometimes it take a while to update things.

All the best,

Arpad

  • May 16 2012
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Dont mess with trying to update your home with the property appraisers office. leave it alone.
  • December 16 2011
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Since permits were filed, that should be enough for property appraiser/tax assessor to get things figured out. I would guess that since no square footage was added, the value for tax purposes wouldn't go up. It may depend on how much attention to detail your county will go into. Best of luck.
  • December 15 2011
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Not sure how it works in Florida, but in Michigan if you pulled the proper permits, you can expect the assessor to follow.  The net result of your modifications may not result in a change in property taxes however.

The county's records should be changed according to the plans you submitted for your permits.  A simple call to the building department at your county should get the job done.   

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