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how can I seek review on my Property Taxes.

I bought a home in 2008 and since then the prices have gone down around my area. I want to know if I can get my Property Taxes reassessed to account for the reduction in Property prices. Please advise.
  • January 19 2011 - Huntley
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This technique won't work if your taxes are modestly high but if they are way high and it's a hardship it will work:

Print off your zestimate and get a real estate professional to email you comps for your n'hood and then contact your tax assessors office and go from there.

If they turn you down then in a pleasant manner say that you make this into a local news story.  

If that doesn't work, make it into a local news story and then send the article to the governor, local representatives, us senator, etc until your
taxes go down.  

If it has already been made a news story and it is considered a dead issue from a news perspective, then just skip that step and go straight to the politicians.

good luck!
  
  • January 26 2011
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Easiest way is to walk into the township assessors office and let them fill out the right paperwork and comparable property info for you.
  • January 24 2011
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Start by checking with your county's auditors office or real estate filings office. Most county's will have a procedure for filing a challenge to your real estate taxes. Once you have that procedure, read it, follow the instructions and try to fill out the paperwork involved.

Often you will need a copy of recent area sales comparable to your property or an appraisal. Local area real estate agents should know whether a few home sales from the MLS will work or if you will need a more formal appraisal. If so, order this information before filing your paperwork. A real estate attorney may be another source of information regarding this.

Good luck!
  • January 24 2011
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using a Realtor is a good idea, or hire a professional appraiser to show you and the tax office what your home is worth. This is what I have personally done in the past, it seems to be more readily accepted.

Good luck
  • January 20 2011
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Are you in Kane or McHenry county?  You should be able to go to the Assessor's website which will explain how to appeal your taxes.  There should be a form online, instructions on what to bring, the deadline for filing, etc..

Good Luck!
  • January 20 2011
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Your first step is to contact your County Tax Assessor's office and ask them what procedure to they have to protest your property taxes.

Then you will need to get some help from your Realtor to look up properties in your area with same size homes and land to give you comparables.
  • January 19 2011
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Every year you have a chance to have your tax amount reviewed by your local City or Township. Each Town or Township varies slightly as to the time period in which you may contest your tax amount. In Michigan it is usually the last 2 weeks of February or the first 2 weeks of March, so call right away so you know ahead of time when you will have the opportunity to have your review. Whenever it is, you usually have only a one-week window to have your tax review. Usually you have to have an appointment.  DO NOT GO IN UNPREPARED! Pay a small fee to a local Real Estate Broker to run the figures for you so you have ammunition with you to prove your case when you go in. Those that go prepared usually get their taxes adjusted. Those who go in ranting and raving leave the same way. So call your favorite agent!
  • January 19 2011
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