5 Property Tax Questions You Need to Ask
is the assessed value of the property? Note that assessed value is
generally less than market value. Ask to see a recent copy of the seller's
tax bill to help you determine this information.
often are properties reassessed and when was the last reassessment done?
Generally taxes jump most significantly when a property is reassessed.
the sale of the property trigger a tax increase? Often the assessed value
of the property may increase based on the amount you pay for the property.
And in some areas, such as California,
taxes may be frozen until resale.
- Is the
amount of taxes paid comparable to other properties in the area? If not,
it might be possible to appeal the tax assessment and lower the rate?
the current tax bill reflect any special exemptions that you might not
qualify for? For example, many tax districts offer reductions to those 65