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Old 01-25-2012, 01:46 AM
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Go to this website and plug in your address: Real Estate Tax, Assessment & Parcel Database (http://inter1.loudoun.gov/taxadmin/webpdbs2008/default.aspx - broken link) Then click on the box on the top that says ''recent sales" that will tell you what they used for comparables to your house.

If you want to appeal, please do so. Most people seem to get some kind of reduction when they do that. Call Bob Wertz, Commissioner of the Revenue, he'll explain the process of assessment and how to appeal. He's a super nice guy who will help you.
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Old 01-25-2012, 01:49 AM
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So I've done my homework. If I just look at building value and square footage, we all come out about the same assessment per foot give or take a few bucks. Those with basements must be valued with some adjustment because they are out of whack compared to those without basements. Not going to worry about it.

It just seems like our own assessment has been going up in BIG chunks these past 3 years compared to those around us but I guess it really doesn't matter in the end. If the county wants more money, they will just increase the rate. Lower assessment/increase rate. They are going to get their money one way or another.
Loudoun county voters just voted in ALL republicans on the board of supervisors to avoid any increases in taxes. They had better NOT want more money!

It's not just square footage, it's also builder and quality of the building.
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Old 01-25-2012, 05:17 AM
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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We appealed our Fairfax County assessment a few years ago. Inside improvements (such as a renovated kitchen) do not count toward assessment price for county assessments because these are "mass assessments" For Fairfax anyway, what our assessor told me counted or added value toward your assessment - square footage (not number of bedrooms), bathrooms, fireplaces, basement square footage (I cannot remember if it being finished counted - I think it did), whether basement is a walk out or walk up, whether you had a deck/patio and its size, whether you have AC. Those are the big ones I remember. I think they do an overall assessment of its condition from the outside.

For our appeal, we needed to submit 3 comparables in our neighborhood - I got it from their website. So you look for ones that are valued lower than yours that have similar features. Don't overlook things. You may see a house that is valued lower but might not realize it has much less square footage or doesn't have AC or something like that.

The assessor took the three that I gave him and came in my house and did an add/subtract comparison to each one, I believe. There were some things that were inaccurate in our assessment to begin with (some to our favor and some to our detriment). He was very nice and it was interesting.

I forgot the stats, but he told me that most people who appeal had their assessments lowered or it stayed the same, a few had theirs raised. Contrary to popular belief, it will NOT raise your neighbor's assessment, so do not feel bad about using them as a comparison. Only YOURS can be changed based on your appeal.

We got a letter a few weeks afterwards that our assessment was lowered by some dollar amount (can't remember - I think it was $20K or $30K) and we ended up saving about $200-$300 that year.
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Old 01-25-2012, 06:39 AM
Location: Tysons Corner
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No, they really dont, they look at the overalls,
#1) Location
#2) Lot size
#3) Total Livable Square Footage (which only includes basement if completely finished and with separate egress)
#4) Total number of bed/bath
#5) General state of the property (this is alllllll the aesthetics)

That list is order of priority and really the top 2 control 70% of your assessed price and the 3rd controls about 25% so #4 and #5 are pretty meaningless as far as the County is concerned.

I can ask my tax assessor friend to log on to add more detail if you'd like (he works for FFX)
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