ASSESSMENT APPEAL SERVICES
Most localities determine your property tax burden based on an ad valorem assessment of the property's value. Sometimes, as a property owner, you get an unwanted surprise in the mail telling you your taxes are going up, and sometimes it may seem as though your assessment is too high.
Sometimes, matters like this can be resolved with a phone call. However, if after discussing your assessment with your local taxing authority you still feel as though your property was overvalued, a professional, independent, third-party appraiser is often your best bet in proving your case.
Please note: It makes sense to do your own research before determining whether to go forward with a property assessment appeal, especially before you make the decision to hire a professional appraiser. However, according to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), we are not allowed to take "shortcuts" -- i.e., your research -- and use it on its face as part of my independent evaluation. When you hire me for an assessment appeal, you're commissioning an independent, third-party professional appraisal report. As such I do my own evaluation, beginning to end. If you're right that your property has been overvalued, an independent report will be even more persuasive than any other evidence you can marshal on your own. But it depends on my ability to do the work independently.
Sometimes, you will have a hearing on your assessment appeal and will need for the appraiser you've hired to testify on your behalf. Be assured that I am able to professionally and persuasively testify at appeal hearings, and have had experience in doing so.