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Enjoy some posts on market trends, the tax appeal process and resources.

The Lone Ranger & overpaying $800 in Sacramento property taxes

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

“Hi ho Silver”, let’s take a closer look at an Elk Grove property tax situation. This is a real life example we just completed for a home owner in Sacramento County (Elk Grove). We pieced together the best available comparable sales and put together some very solid trend graphs to help illustrate what the specific neighborhood real estate market was […]

How a home owner paid us $89.00 to save $1,016 on his property taxes in Sacramento County

Friday, September 24th, 2010

When should a home owner formally appeal his/her property taxes? How do you know if you should dispute the Assessor’s value? The rule of thumb is really simple. If there is enough savings left for you after you have paid someone to help you appeal, then it’s absolutely worth it. If there really isn’t any potential for money […]

My $449.02 property tax refund in Sacramento County

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

I shared some good news a few weeks back that Sacramento County refunded me $398.96 after I appealed my 2008 property taxes. Well, yesterday another check arrived in the mail for $449.02 for my 2009 property taxes. Taxes are a part of life and we should only pay our fair share – and no more!!! Please […]

A Decade of Unemployment Rates in Sacramento County

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Put on your economist hat and let’s take a look at the past decade of unemployment rates in Sacramento County based on the month of June. What do you see? Is it any wonder why property values have decreased so much? If people are out of work, mortgages cannot be paid and higher prices cannot […]

My property tax refund of $398.96 from Sacramento County

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

After returning from a camping trip to Shaver Lake this past weekend, I was very happy to find a property tax refund check had come in the mail from Sacramento County.  Yes, I also appeal my personal property taxes in addition to helping clients. If I had not disputed my property taxes, I would have never seen this refund. Please […]

Success Story: Property Taxes lowered by $200,000

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

We had great news this week again in that a property owner we helped last December just got word that the Sacramento County Assessor has agreed with our opinion of value for his property. They had previously assessed his Elk Grove home for 2009 property taxes at $945,000, but we provided support to show his […]

2010 Property Assessments are posted by Sacramento County

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

We wanted to let you know that the Sacramento County Assessor posted updated 2010 property values on their website yesterday. You ought to have a look at the link below to see if they have assessed your property correctly. This posted value is supposed to be based on January 1, 2010. Don’t worry, other local Assessors such as Placer County and […]

When are new 2010 property tax assessments coming out in Sacramento & Placer County?

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

If you live anywhere in the Greater Sacramento Region and you’re wondering how to lower your property taxes, you’ve come to the right place. Here is our advice though. Before you make a decision to hire someone to help you reduce your property taxes (including our tax appeal company), wait until new assessments come out to determine if there […]

Neighborhood Boundaries, Real Estate & Tahoe Park in Sacramento

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Are you in or out? It could make a huge difference in property value (and property taxes) whether you live in a certain neighborhood or not. A boundary line for a neighborhood could include anything from a street, park, city or county line, different design of houses, train tracks, commercial district, etc… Whatever it is that separates one […]

A look at REOs & Short Sales: Is the Sacramento real estate market getting healthier?

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

How is the Sacramento real estate market doing? Is it getting better or worse? Are there more bank-owned sales right now than in recent years? There are so many indicators for the health of a real estate market, but let’s take a look at the percentage of bank-owned foreclosure sales (REO) vs. short sales. What do you see? What […]

Market Trends for the “Anatolia” area of Rancho Cordova: What do you see?

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Here are a couple of trend graphs below for the 95742 zip code of Rancho Cordova. This area is comprised mostly of “Anatolia”, but also consists of a development called “Sunridge”, which is not part of the Anatolia HOA.  You be the appraiser here. What do you see in the trend graphs below when looking […]

Common Questions about Property Taxes in Sacramento County & Beyond

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Home owners and real estate agents ask us property tax questions all the time, so we figured it would be helpful to make a video to answer some of the most common questions. In the video below or HERE we walk you through the calendar year of events and deadlines surrounding reducing your property taxes so you can […]

Do you need help preparing for your tax appeal hearing?

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Maybe you appealed your taxes on your own and now you have a formal appeals hearing coming up. Do you need some help? We’d be glad to answer questions and offer tips, and we are available for hire to provide you with quality research for your appeals hearing (the fee is minimal). Keep in mind also […]

Success Story: Taxes Lowered by $36,622

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Hi Everyone. It’s Ryan here and I wanted to let you know some good news. I am very pleased to have learned last week that the Sacramento County Assessor reduced my property taxes by $36,622 after viewing the evidence I presented for a lowered opinion of value. They agreed with my value and the tax refund will be roughly $350.  This is […]

Graph of Sales in 95828 Zip Code of Sacramento

Friday, March 26th, 2010

I thought this might interest anyone living or considering purchasing in the 95828 zip code of Sacramento. What do you see? What stands out to you about this trend graph? All sales are based on information provided in Sacramento MLS (single family detached sales only).