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Old 11-05-2013, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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I know that property taxes have been addressed before, but it is still confusing to me. We just got our bill based on the land we are building on. I finally understand the different rates, and millage, but what I can't find an answer to is when the assessment is done. Our home will not be ready until early next year; will our next bill be based still only on the land, or on the house as well? Taxes are higher than I was expecting, and we won't be able to get the exemption based on my husband's age until the following year since we won't have been in SC for a full year until 2015. Please help! This was the part of the real estate exam I disliked the most
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Piedmont, SC
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I know that property taxes have been addressed before, but it is still confusing to me. We just got our bill based on the land we are building on. I finally understand the different rates, and millage, but what I can't find an answer to is when the assessment is done. Our home will not be ready until early next year; will our next bill be based still only on the land, or on the house as well? Taxes are higher than I was expecting, and we won't be able to get the exemption based on my husband's age until the following year since we won't have been in SC for a full year until 2015. Please help! This was the part of the real estate exam I disliked the most
I am wondering this as well, since we are considering buying a new construction home. Looking forward to hearing some feedback.
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Old 11-05-2013, 09:34 AM
 
Location: home state of Myrtle Beach!
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I know someone that built a home several years ago. Let me do some digging and see what I can come up with for you.

As far as I can tell and remembering when these people left our neighborhood, it appears as soon as you are able to inhabit the home, the assessment is changed.

So, you have this year's bill now. If you don't complete the home until very late in 2014 that next year's bill will be based on the land only.

Note, we got our tax bills on November 1st. They probably need at least a month to prepare those and so I'm thinking if you don't get the home ready for habitation by October you will pay only for the land next year.

My mom and dad built a home in 2006 and I know the builder had to get something like a certificate of habitability. Not sure that's the correct term to use, but hope you get the idea.

If you go to County Square they can probably tell you exactly what you need to know. They have been very helpful to my Mom dealing with Dad's "Estate" that includes the home she lives in.

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Old 11-05-2013, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Piedmont, SC
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Thanks, that is very helpful!
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Old 11-05-2013, 01:21 PM
 
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I built a home in 2012 on land I purchased in 2012.

In 2012, I was taxed for the land and only part of the construction. It appeared as if the house was assessed based only on its current condition (1/2 built at the time).

In 2013, I am now taxed based on the full value of the home + land.
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Old 11-05-2013, 01:25 PM
 
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Not an expert on the property taxes there in this situation. My thinking is maybe the can pro-rate it?
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Old 11-05-2013, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Thank you; it looks like next year we will be taxed on the full amount. At least then we will be owner occupants. The tax rate seems to be much higher than I expected.
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Old 11-05-2013, 01:51 PM
 
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Would think they would pro-rate and maybe take of a bit for the few months in year that was not owner-occupied. Maybe you can dispute it when you get the tax bill?
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