Two reasons to be careful of those “lower your property taxes” mailers

Have you received one of those mailers from a company promising to reduce your property taxes? I’m not saying at all there is some sort of ethical problem with these companies, but home owners in the Sacramento Region would be very wise to not hire companies like this to dispute their property taxes in the early part of the year. I made a brief video PSA to explain why (or watch HERE).

 

I know a video like this sounds really self-serving at face value, but it’s not, and here is my logic why. In the first quarter of the year when these mailers typically get sent out, the Assessor’s Office has not yet published their yearly assessed values. In my mind, why pay someone to reduce your property taxes before you know if the Assessor is going to automatically reduce them? The Assessor is supposed to adjust assessed values up or down depending on what the real estate market has done in the previous year. Secondly, the formal time period to disupte taxes in most counties surrounding Sacramento is July through November (or September for Placer County) – not the first quarter of the year.

What do you think?

If you have any questions about the tax appeal process or you’d like to sign up on my property tax email list to let you know about important tax appeal dates and deadlines for the Greater Sacramento Region, comment below, send me an email, fill out this form on my tax appeal website, or call 916.595.3735.

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  1. says

    Ryan, great video and information about when to dispute taxes and when the assessor publishes values. Definitely two things every homeowner needs to know when wanting to appeal their taxes.

    • says

      Thanks, Bryan. I appreciate that. Speaking of property taxes, I just got a piece of mail today from the Assessor stating they received my tax appeal for 2010. This will be three or four years in a row of appeals (and checks back to my household). 🙂

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