Boulder County Property Tax Assessments

Every couple of years Boulder County property tax assessments come out. That is, owners of Boulder real estate get an updated notice of valuation from the county.

You may or may not like what you see, depending on your viewpoint. It’s great to think that your property value has increased, after all, isn’t that one of the big financial reasons many of us become property owners?

I’ve had several phone calls and emails from clients and friends that live and own property in Boulder county to ask me what they can do to appeal the new valuation of their property. You see, while we’ve been hearing about declining property values all over the nation, it seems weird that you would get a notice from Boulder county that the value is higher than it was two years ago. Well, the values reflect the real estate market for the period which is 24 months prior to June 30th, 2008, not 2009 values.

Now isn’t that interesting?

If you’d like to explore how to appeal the assessed value of your property in Boulder county, Call or email me right now. I’ll be happy to look at your assessment and review the data with you to see if you have reasonable grounds for appeal. I’ve already helped several people this way both this month, and in years past.

Not everyone is getting a bum deal from the county, but in many instances, I’ve seen the county use comparable property for their analysis that really isn’t a good match. That is, it’s happened that the county used what I’d call inaccurate comparables.

Does that sound like a screwy deal? I agree, and you’re not alone in thinking that way. In fact, the county even says in print, right there on your 2009 Notice of Valuation, that “Your property has been valued using mass appraisal techniques.”

How about getting a little personal attention from an actual human? Don’t get bamboozled by the county, let’s take a look at the data and see what’s really going on for you. I can’t guarantee there’s a problem, the county does in fact get it right sometimes, but if you think if feels ‘off’, trust your instincts.

I can’t help hundreds of people, but I’d like to help you! We have until the end of May to get you what you need so you can consider an appeal.

Call or email me today if you’d like to have me pull some data and review your situation to see if you’ve got what seems to be an accurate valuation.

Zachary Epps, full-time professional Realtor® and EcoBroker® at RE/MAX Alliance Boulder

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