Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Paying too much in property taxes? Learn to Appeal.

Property owners sometimes feel that the department's estimate of their property value is wrong. The assessment appeal process is available to allow property owners the opportunity to dispute the value determined by the department. Property values rise and fall to reflect the market. A property owner should file an appeal when they believe that their property is not valued at its current market value.
Appeals may be filed on three occasions:1. upon receipt of an assessment notice;2. by a petition for review; and3. upon purchase of property between January 1 and June 30.
APPEAL ON REASSESSMENTProperty owners will normally receive a Notice of Assessment every three years that shows the old market value as well as the new market value. The new value reflects the market influence and other conditions affecting the property from the time of the last assessment.
If you decide to appeal, the first step is to reply to the Notice of Assessment by signing and returning the appeal form within 45 days of the date of the notice. Following this, a personal or telephone hearing will be scheduled. Appeals can also be made in writing, eliminating the need for a hearing.
PETITION FOR REVIEWIf events have occurred since your last regular assessment that you believe have caused your property value to decline or if you failed to respond to the Notice of Assessment within the required time frame, you may file for a petition for review by January 1 of any year. Click here to obtain a Petition form. The completed form should be mailed to your local assessment office. After filing the petition, you will be scheduled for a hearing; or, if you prefer, your written submission can be reviewed eliminating the need for a hearing.
Via Brian Turner Keller Williams Preferred Properties

Neighborhood Stabilization Program

Neighborhood Stabilization Program Grants - Community Development - CPD - HUD
HUD's new Neighborhood Stabilization Program will provide emergency assistance to state and local governments to acquire and redevelop foreclosed properties that might otherwise become sources of abandonment and blight within their communities. The Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) provides grants to every state and certain local communities to purchase foreclosed or abandoned homes and to rehabilitate, resell, or redevelop these homes in order to stabilize neighborhoods and stem the decline of house values of neighboring homes.The program is authorized under Title III of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008.Read HUD's news release.

Angel S. will Race for the Cure on behalf of her clients

This year, I'll be participating in an incredible event called the Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure®.
More than 50,000 people will all gather on the National Mall on June 6 to take a stand in the global movement to end breast cancer. Each year, up to 75 percent of the Komen Global Race's net income stays in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area to fund local screening, treatment and education programs for the medically underserved. The remaining dollars support the Global Promise Fund, a program of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which is dedicated to reaching underserved people in areas where breast cancer mortality rates are the highest.
I have clients and past clients that are survivors of breast cancer. Some of my clients and past clients have lost loved ones to this desiese. Because of that this cause is near and dear to me.
I've set my personal goal at $125. So I need your help. You can give online at Just follow the link below to visit my personal fundraising webpage and make a donation.
Without a cure, an estimated 25 million women around the world will be diagnosed with breast cancer - and 10 million could die over the next 25 years. That's why I'm joining the fight. I hope that you'll support me.
Thank you in advance for your generosity!
Angel S.Godfrey Realty Group @ Keller Williams Preferred Properties240.737.5052
P.S. Ask your employer if they will double your donation through a matching gift program!
Click here to visit my personal page.