One unfortunate side effect is that the property tax assessment that you just got in the mail probably reflects a significant increase to your assessed value.
I just received my property tax assessment from Gwinnett County, for my home in Hoschton, GA, and my assessment went up over 198%. I wish I could call them and tell them I'll take their offer!
Make sure to check your assessment and don't just throw it into a pile of paperwork that doesn't ever get looked at, or get's looked at six months from now. This is time sensitive information.
My assessment is 50% higher than I have any hope of selling my home. So, needless to say, I will be appealing my value.
The process is very simple. In Gwinnett County, you file your appeal online and wait for a date to go before the board. If you live in a different county, the assessment should outline steps to appeal. The important part is to make sure you file your appeal before the deadline. My deadline is May 23rd, 2016. Your deadline should be listed on your assessment.
An added bonus, is that in Gwinnett County, if you win your appeal, your property tax assessment will not increase for 3 years. My understanding is that is also the case in other counties, however, I cannot personally verify that.
Finally, if you live anywhere in the metro Atlanta and want to know whether you should appeal your assessment, and would like help putting together comparable sales for the appeal, let me know. I will be happy to do that for you. There is no charge or obligation, we just want an opportunity to build relationships in our community.
And if, by some chance, you stumble on to this article outside of the state of Georgia and you need help, I would be happy to find someone in your area that could help you out.
Just another way we hope to help you make the wise move! Take care and thanks for stopping by my blog.