What sales or property transfers are utilized when determining assessments?
Only sales that are arm's length transactions are considered when determining a property's value. Reasons that a sale may not be considered in the analysis are numerous. One property may have sold for more than it is worth because the buyer was in a hurry and would pay any price. Another may have sold for less than it is worth because the owner needed cash right away and was willing to sell to the first buyer who made an offer. Other examples include foreclosure sale, short sale, divorce settlement, etc.

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1. Why are assessments determined annually?
2. What is the effective date of an assessment?
3. Does the assessor determine the tax rate and the real estate tax?
4. Does the assessor set assessment policy?
5. Does the assessor control the amount of taxes collected?
6. Who is responsible for mailing the real estate tax bills and who collects the tax?
7. Will routine property maintenance increase your assessment?
8. Do demolitions affect the assessment?
9. When are buildings under construction assessed?
10. I am building an addition to my already-built house; when will the addition be assessed?
11. How are property owners notified of any change made in the assessed value of their property?
12. Is it fair for my assessment to increase at a rate greater than the city average?
13. How often is my property visited by an appraiser?
14. I just bought a house for X dollars; shouldn't the assessment be set exactly at X dollars?
15. I'm a retired person, why should my assessment increase?
16. What sales or property transfers are utilized when determining assessments?