Profile picture for Cook56

What points do you recommend that I be prepared to speak on at my property tax appeal hearing?

How should I prepare myself for my property tax appeal hearing?

  • April 08 2010 - East Orange
  • 0
    0Yes

  • Report a Problem

    Please enter a valid email address.

    Content flagged

    We will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.

    We're sorry. This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.

Be a Good Neighbor. Be respectful and on-topic. No spam or self-promotion! See our Good Neighbor Policy.

Answers (3)

How did the hearing go?
  • June 17 2010
  • 0Yes

  • Report a Problem

    Please enter a valid email address.

    Content flagged

    We will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.

    We're sorry. This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.

Profile picture for sunnyview
WP has a good plan for appeal. Successful appeals happen when the purchase price or appraised value is lower than the assessed value. You must prove that the taxes are based on a value that is too high to win. You can use the comp list from your area and select houses like yours that sold to try to make a case for the value of your house. Zillow has a video here to help you find comps on the site. They also have an article here on picking the best comps for your house. Like WP said pick a minimum of three, but make sure you know them well and why they are comps for your house. Also look up their taxes to see what they are paying, that can help too.

You can also use the Zindex for your area to look at the % of change in values in your zip code. Assessor's will not consider Zestimate values on your house or other as they are not appraisals, but only an opinion. What they will use is sold comparable houses to yours and the % change in your zip code market. If you are doing a tax appeal, that is the best information you can come to the table with on a tax appeal short of paying for an appraisal. If you build your case, you can win, but come prepared. One number like the change in your Zestimate will not make the case to win your appeal. You might also consider asking a local agent for a CMA (comparative market analysis) on your house. Some will do it for free if you have worked with them before, others may charge a small fee for their professional time. The more solid information you have the more likely you are to win your appeal. Hope the links and info help. Good luck with your appeal. If you win, come back on and gloat about how you beat the tax man. Then we can have an online tax appeal party with a virtual cake :) I love virtual cake.
  • April 08 2010
  • 1Yes

  • Report a Problem

    Please enter a valid email address.

    Content flagged

    We will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.

    We're sorry. This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.

Prepare 3 comparable sell in your area in last 3 months, your local realtor can help you (maybe for free) with that.

  • April 08 2010
  • 1Yes

  • Report a Problem

    Please enter a valid email address.

    Content flagged

    We will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.

    We're sorry. This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.