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I have a refinance appraisal- Will you change my assessment to the appraiser's value?
We will be pleased to review any professionally prepared appraisal completed within the past year.
Upon examination, it is common to find substantial appraisal errors and a wide disparity between the few comparable sales used and estimated value selected on one hand & all the other available comparable sales and the value they support on the other.
Please keep in mind that our first obligation is to make sure that similar homes have similar assessments in order to preserve basic tax fairness. Also, in the interest of fairness, we cannot adjust an assessment based solely on a private appraisal without review.

We recognize that not all appraisals are performed for the same purpose or carried out in the same way. Assessments are performed for the purpose of ensuring tax fairness while a Refinance or Mortgage appraisal is performed to reassure the lender that the loan amount is within a certain range of acceptable risk. In contrast, estimating the cost to replace a building in the case of fire is the only concern of an Insurance company.

While we find that Comparable Market Analysis prepared by Realtors often ignore fundamental appraisal principles, we will be pleased to review any professionally prepared market analysis completed within the past year.

Each of these appraisal purposes may conclude that a different value is appropriate for the same property on the same day.

Frequently Asked Assessor Questions

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1. What does an Assessor do?
2. How does the assessor value property?
3. What if I think my assessment might not be correct?
4. How do I know if my assessment is fair?
5. If after discussing my assessment with the Assessor's office staff I still think the assessment is not correct, what should I do?
6. What is the Board of Review
7. What happens after the Board of Review makes its decision?
8. What is a "Valid" or Market Sale?
9. Do the market values of all properties change at the same rate and over the same time frame?
10. Why do assessors avoid considering foreclosure or estate sales when calculating assessments.
11. What is a Revaluation?
12. Will I be notifieed if there is a change in my assessment?
13. How can my assessment change when I havn't done anything to my property.
14. Can my assessment change in the years between citywide revaluations?
15. What will happen to my assessment if I improve my property?
16. I have recently built a new home. Will cost to build my property be considered when my assessment is calculated?
17. I have a refinance appraisal- Will you change my assessment to the appraiser's value?