Zestimate v. The Assessment – Property Estimate from Zillow.com was not Probative Evidence of a Home’s Value According to the Indiana Board of Tax Review

Zestimate v. The Assessment – Property Estimate from Zillow.com was not Probative Evidence of a Home’s Value According to the Indiana Board of Tax Review

In Harris v. Madison County Assessor (April 2, 2019), an Indiana Homeowner contested the January 1, 2017 assessment of her residence in Anderson.  She had the burden of proof on appeal, and the Indiana Board of Tax Review wanted to know why Homeowner thought her home was overvalued. Her answer, in part? Because … [Read more...]

Don’t Get Overtaxed: A Guide to Colorado Property Taxes and Appeals

Don’t Get Overtaxed: A Guide to Colorado Property Taxes and Appeals

Benjamin Franklin’s famous statement — “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes” — remains true to this day. But while the need to pay taxes is unavoidable, the amount you owe for your real estate taxes is not necessarily so set in stone. That amount can be challenged if you think … [Read more...]

How Office Owners Can Help Lower Sky-High Property Tax Assessments

How Office Owners Can Help Lower Sky-High Property Tax Assessments

Managing fixed expenses is the best way to ensure the long-term profitability of investment properties, especially in a flat market. The largest continuing expense for most commercial properties is the property tax bill, and in a market with skyline-defining properties and headline-grabbing sales prices, tax … [Read more...]

Indiana Tax Court denies petition to enjoin the collection of property tax, where Taxpayer failed to show former school building and athletic facility had zero value

Indiana Tax Court denies petition to enjoin the collection of property tax, where Taxpayer failed to show former school building and athletic facility had zero value

Name:  Wigwam Holdings LLC v. Madison County Assessor Date Issued: December 14, 2018 Property Type: 220,000 SF building, including a natatorium, auditorium and 8,996 seat basketball facility Assessment Date: March 1, 2015 Point of Interest: Wigwam Holdings LLC (“Holdings”) claimed that an appraisal and … [Read more...]

Delaware Court unlocks opportunities to reduce property tax burden

Delaware Court unlocks opportunities to reduce property tax burden

Reducing property tax assessments can be challenging under the best of circumstances, and distinctions between state tax systems make minimizing that burden across a commercial or industrial portfolio especially daunting.  Delaware's property tax regime is amongst the most difficult systems in the United States, … [Read more...]

Property Tax:  Add Value Through Correct Valuation of Student Housing

Property Tax: Add Value Through Correct Valuation of Student Housing

Even in a booming market, managing expenses is the best way to ensure the long-term profitability of investment properties. For most student housing, the largest expense after debt service is property tax. Assessors in college towns are happy to shift the tax burden onto out-of-town students and investors in … [Read more...]