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PROPERTY ASSESSMENTS & TAX APPEALS

Many homeowners like you are getting saddled with increased property tax bills.  Establishing your home's true market value by a State Certified Appraiser will help you determine if you are paying too much.  And it's the smartest way to contest your taxes.  The National Taxpayers Union estimates that as much as 60% of taxable property in the United States is over-assessed. This means many may be paying more in property taxes than necessary.

Contact John Cummins at JCI Appraisals, Inc. if you think your property taxes might be unfairly assessed.  JCI Appraisals, Inc. has the knowledge and experience needed to help you determine if your property has been assessed too high. 

  WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TAX APPEALS

  • The time to appeal your taxes is between 1/1/2011 and 3/31/2011.
  • Ohio is not a mandatory licensing state.  This means that the person who assessed your property may not be a State Licensed/Certified Appraiser and not held to high standards required by the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).  Ask your County Auditor's office if the mass appraisal was USPAP compliant.
  • It may not be enough to present evidence like MLS, courthouse records, printouts, etc., to the Board of Revisions without showing how it affects the property being appealed.
  • The Board of Revisions may not place reliance upon an appraisal if the appraiser is not available to explain how the opinion of value was determined, and not subject to cross-examination.  JCI Appraisals is available and experienced with tax appeals. Do not hire an appraiser who is not willing to testify.
  • Appraisals prepared for financing purposes (i.e. obtaining a mortgage) are not necessarily a complete and thorough evaluation of the property for purposes of tax appeals due to wrong effective dates. The appraisal must identify the tax lien date for which the appraisal was prepared.  In other words, the appraisal must be for a specific date.
  • Showing evidence of current market trends (like appreciation or depreciation occurring in a marketplace) is not probative evidence supporting a change in an individual property's value.

 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER HAVING YOUR PROPERTY APPRAISED BY A PROFESSIONAL

  1. Your assessment used comparable properties from 2006 or 2007, the height of the market.
  2. The mass appraisal may not be USPAP compliant.  Ask your County Auditor if it was USPAP compliant.
  3. The appraiser who performed your assessment may not be as qualified as a Licensed/Certified Appraiser.
  4. A unfairly mass appraisal can affect your property for up to 6 years.
  5. You may be due a REFUND for overpayment of taxes!

   Don't Trust Just Anyone With Your Tax Appeal

Contact John Cummins at JCI Appraisals, Inc.

(937)438-3894 or jciappraisals@woh.rr.com