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Subject:Property tax followup
Time:04:26 pm
I wrote Ron Thomsen, Alameda County Tax Assessor, a nice letter explaining that I thought his assessed valuation was a fantasy, and including two valid comps from my building that suggested the value was $130k lower than his delusional one.

He sent back a nice letter saying that my assessed valuation had been changed, and the new valuation was the one that I suggested.

This was surprisingly painless. 20 minutes plus one letter equals a four-figure savings.
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fich
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Time:2012-08-19 12:32 am (UTC)
I think there should be a law that, had they insisted on the fantasy valuation, the government can be made to by the property for 90% of it.
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whipartist
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Time:2012-08-19 09:00 am (UTC)
They actually did have one out for claiming that the assessment was valid. The rules say that comps have to be sold under "similar conditions". Both of the comps I had were foreclosures.

My counter-argument would be that nobody will pay more than that when there are foreclosures available at lower prices.
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rcfox
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Time:2012-08-19 03:25 am (UTC)
Well done!
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wild_irises
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Time:2012-08-21 07:48 pm (UTC)
Nice when it works like that!
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