Sacramento home owner is taxed on twice the amount of his property value

How would you like to pay taxes on twice the value of your property? I just finished a property tax appeal today for a Sacramento condominium owner. This condo was assessed at $166,000 by the Sacramento County Assessor’s Office, but the actual value was $84,500. Have a look below by comparing the blue dot ($166,000) with the rest of the black dots, which represent all sales in the neighborhood. Isn’t that wild? This condominium was assessed nearly two times actual market value, which amounts to about $1,000 too much in property taxes for the home owner to pay. 

Condominium values have been hit hard in the past several years as the real estate bubble in Sacramento burst. Why? In addition to property values decreasing for condos just as value has declined for other types of property, crammed condo living and HOA fees have seemed less appealing for buyers who can now more readily afford a backyard of their own.

If you have any questions about property tax appeals, or would like to have my property tax consulting company look up your property for free, call 916.595.3735 or see

What do you think of the property tax scenario above?


    • says

      Bryan, when a client engages my serivces, I do give them an idea before the final number (when I wrap things up) about what I am seeing in the market. In this case, I think the property owner was aware of values that were so low, but he was probably very glad to get to see how the graphs and data to add credibility to the notion of “property values have declined.”

  1. Michael Bolton says


    Are you able to REO/Distressed sales for your tax appeals? Almost of the counties in MN don’t allow the use of distressed sales, even if that’s all there is.

    • says

      Michael, I am not aware of any rule against the usage of REOs for tax appeals. The most representative comparable properties should be used. I won’t choose all REOs if I have a handfull of arms-length sales to choose from. There would probably be a value difference in that case. But if the market is saturated with REOs (like this condo market), that is really what properties are selling for. In this case, the REOs (and short sales) are driving the market. That’s a silly rule, if you ask me.


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