jimjom wrote:@Ben Klingston, same here -- same boro and everything. I had an appeal on a Tuesday morning in April and went by myself with no lawyer. I came prepared with photographic evidence of why my house should be assessed at a lower value including photos of the busy road I live on, photos of all of my supposed comparables that ALL have more square footage and living space than mine, and I got turned down via a letter in the mail.
I didn't appeal it, it's just a waste of time IMO, the reassessment people were hired to be adversarial to home owners and are nothing more than hatchet men and women.
The escrow will automatically go up, you don't have to tell your mortgage people anything. Sucks that we didn't make the three mile move into Washington County when we were looking at houses.
Thanks for the reply.... I have a bunch of questions, if you don't mind... you can PM me responses if you'd prefer, or just respond here (someone else on board may find useful):
1. So the sales price of your house was more than the assessed value it was at? If so, how did you argue that the house should be assessed at below the sales price? It just seems to me that's a losing battle - you (and I) obviously thought the sales price was what the house was worth... that's what I'm struggling with - I just don't see a logic path to arguing my assessed value should be anything but my sales price (in fact, the lender's assessment came in at about the same as the sales price, which I understand is not uncommon, and seems like a sham, but that's another story...)
2. What did the 'other side' (a law firm representing school board, I assume) present, and did they just argue that it should be assessed at your sales price, or did they argue (and win) that it should be higher than sales price? This is really my biggest fear/reason for even thinking of attending/hiring representation... Just like I don't think there's much of an argument of it being assessed for < my sales price, I can't imagine there is much of an argument for it being greater, either. The market showed what I paid was 'market value).
3. Was the new assessed value only going-forward, or did they make it retroactive to some point (which I'm assuming would have to be handled outside of monthly escrow part of the mortgage)?