Boulder County Property Taxes

Did you get your Boulder county property tax bill? If you got yours recently and think you might like to pay less property tax, you need to know that you have a right to contest the value of your property. Even though most Boulder real estate prices have remained strong,

you may be in a part of the county where prices have been flat or slightly lowered in the last couple of years. If you have questions about your property’s value, and want to talk about ways to determine what the current value is of your home, call or email me and we’ll get to work on it.

I’m not going to offer tax advice, or legal advice… but my personal opinion is that there are some of you that are going to pay higher taxes that you might need to this year.

You should have your bill from the county by now, and it’s likely going to be paid through your lender. That doesn’t mean the money still doesn’t come out of your pocket!

If your property is worth less than it was a couple of years ago, even if it’s just a little bit less, you should look at contesting the value with the county and lowering your tax obligation.

There is information and and there are steps outlined, which are included with your bill, to start this process. If you follow those steps properly, and can get the county to agree that a change is appropriate, you’ll save some money!

I’ve helped many people over the past years with working to establish the current value of their property, and I’d be happy to help you. We can look closely at historical sales in your neighborhood to see what’s really going on.

The appeals process information is available on the Boulder County website. And it looks like we have some time to figure out the real value of your property. The assessor’s website says that the appeals process is from May 1, 2009 until June 1, 2009. Start now figuring out the value of your property, and you’ll be ready to be first in line in early May.

And, if you think you might be ready to sell, this is the perfect time to explore the true market value of your home. Discuss your plans with your family, see where you want to go and why, and then see if the numbers work when you measure your financial plans against the actual market value of your house.

Do that work before you sell, and just like keeping Boulder county in check, you’ll have the straight information you need to decide what works best for your personal finances. Remember, it’s your money, so make it work for you… instead of always working for it.

Thinking about moving soon, or need to know what the real value is of your home? Call or email me, and let’s talk about it! I’d consider it a privilege to help you get some straight answers about real estate.

-Zachary Epps, full-time professional Realtor® and EcoBroker®


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