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Tax Grievance Appraisals

 We all know what's happening to the market value of our homes, in most cases the decline in
 home values are not reflected in our home's assessed value, which means you are paying more taxes
 than necessary.  Homeowners must take the time to review their home's assessed value and
 make a determination as to whether or not it's fair.  Tax grievance guidelines can vary widely by
City, Town, or Village, if you disagree with the  assessment, appeal it.  A successful real
 estate tax appeal is based upon the current market value of your home.   

 The procedure to appeal an assessment is relatively simple, in most cases you do not need an
 attorney, or a company specializing in tax reduction (most charge 50% of the tax savings plus a
 filing fee).  All you need is creditable evidence to support the current market value of your home.  If
 you decide to go it alone I strongly suggest you hire a
Certified Appraiser to determine your
 home's market value.  This will help you in two ways:

  1. There is no more creditable evidence of a properties market value then a Certified Appraisal.
  2.  If you have questions about the filing process an experienced appraiser should be able to
            answer your questions.

 In New York State:

  • Appeals must be postmarked no later than 30 days after final assessment roll is filed... Dates
  • Initial grievance must be filed with the board of assessment review.  Upon notice and if
    dissatisfied with the board of assessment's determination, an appeal can be filed with the small
    claim assessment review section of the NYS Supreme court.
  • A successful appeal is based upon first establishing the Market Value of your property. In order
    to reduce your property taxes you must prove that the value of your property is less than the
    valuation assigned by your assessing district (according to New York State Law, the
    Assessment is deemed to be correct, and the burden of proof, falls on the petitioner-homeowner
    to prove otherwise).
  • A recent bona-fide arms length sale of the subject property is the best evidence. If the property
    was not recently purchased, or the purchase was not at arms length transaction (as in an inter-
    family sale, foreclosure or other sale made under conditions of distress),
  • An Appraisal by a New York State Certified Appraiser is the next best type of evidence,
    which is typically used to prove value of your home throughout the process.
  • To determine if you are over assessed, you can multiply the estimated market value of your
    property by the residential assessment ratio that has been established for your assessing district.
    If the result is lower than your property's current assessed value, you may reasonably expect
    that your assessment be reduced to that amount with proper proof and timely filing in
    accordance with the guidelines set forth by the New York State Office Of Real Property