Your assessment is one factor, the tax rate is the other factor. One can go up and the other can go down making the tax you paid increase or decease. You can argue assessments to the local tax office, but you better be loaded with real facts and not any silly online estimates from Trulia or Zillow. They won't believe those silly things. You have to show where they made an error in the assessment by showing sales that occurred recently.... more
Different Counties have different ways of doing business:
Some may evaluate the tax rates annually.
Some, only when the property is sold.
Some Counties are efficient and well run; some are in the RED.
Most Counties do not care what the property is worth; they are just trying to survive and pay their bills.
Almost all Assessments are not tied to the Market Value of the houses.
You, simply, got socked with a new assessment.... more
You need to check with city regarding the zoning of your home. What is the mimum lot size can be?
You need to have the access from front lot to back or the lot can be split side by side.
RE/MAX RES... more
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If you go to the tax assessor's web site (http://www.sccassessor.org) you will find a form to complete. You will need to support it with like homes that have sold within one mile of your home in the last 12 months. They are looking for a change in value tax-year to tax-year. Have an agent that works in your neighborhood assist in pulling comps. I have done this before for folks.
Make sure to click the "more information" link near the bottom of the page it outlines how your application will be reviewed:
The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors and City of Cupertino Sponsor a First-Time Home Buyer Seminar Date: Saturday May 7th.Time: 9 AM to noon.Location: Cupertino Community Center at 10250 Torre
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