When Real Property Taxes are a Little too “Real”…

This week I attended an event where my local property tax assessor explain how she does her job.  She is responsible for distributing an $86 million dollar tax levy across 3,600 properties.  The task involves a fair amount of investigation and subjective decisions.  I’ve compiled a video to capture 10 points that you can use to get your own assessed valuation under control.  We all need to pay taxes to support municipal services and the schools, but where I live the assessor aggressively pursues physical improvements as a means to elevate the assessed valuation of the town.  This means if you do work on your house, and file a permit, you are very likely to pay more taxes.  The only recourse is to grieve the assessment or go to small claims court and make a case that your assessment is too high based on a new appraisal, comparable sales or other info.   I hope these tips are valuable to you.

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1/ 1:00 You Control Interior Inspections
2/ 1:39 Take Down MLS Pictures
3/ 2:00 The Town Needs You to Hack the Tax Cap
4/ 2:24 Mass Appraisal, with adjustments
5/ 2:40 Inferior Site Desirability
6/ 3:06 Grievance Day
7/ 3:37 Small Claims Court
8/ 4:14 For Sale By Owner (FSBO)
9/ 4:45 Rat On Neighbors
10/ 5:09 Solar, AC and Generators
11 (BONUS)/ What counts as a bedroom?

Political Vacation: DeKalb Market Hall

Taking a break from political headaches for some food at Brooklyn, New York’s DeKalb Market Hall.  DeKalb Market has over 40 food vendors that reflect the culture and diversity of Brooklyn.  It is one of the largest food and entertainment centers in New York City.

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Fire Hydrant Out of Service, Watch What I Do To Fix It

It’s not as serious as say North Korea. The fire hydrant on my block is out of service, that’s a serious problem.  In this “part 1” video I explain what’s going on. I plan to make calls this week to find out what’s being done about it.

This week I will call the Fire Department and the Town Supervisor until I get some clarity on when this will be fixed. Stay tuned.

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