How do I appeal the property taxes on my Mission Valley condo?

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How do I appeal the property taxes
on my Mission Valley condo?

If you believe that your Mission Valley condo property taxes are too high, you can file an assessment appeal, but you have to do it my November 30 at 5:00 p.m., or postmarked by midnight if you mail in your appeal.

San Diego County Administration CenterYou have to apply for an appeal by completing an application from available from the County Administration Center (picture at right), 1600 Pacific Highway, Room 402, in downtown San Diego (across from the Star of India). Applications can also be downloaded from the County's web site.

This is not an easy process, so it's best to get started now rther than waiting until Thanksgiving weekend! You will neeed to know:

  1. How do I appeal my property taxes?Parcel ID number or Tax Bill number
  2. Property address
  3. Your opinon of the property's marketing value — This is critical. You can't just say, "My property's not worth this much!" You have to back up your opinion with at least three examples of comparable sales in your geographic area.The condominium complex next door to YOUR condominium complex doesn't necessarily make good comps for you! If you don't know how to get good comps for your Mission Valley condo, feel free to contact me.
  4. One you have everything together and completed, you need FIVE COPIES of all the documents you plan to present to the appeals board! FedEx Office will welcome you with open arms!

How do I appeal my property taxes?Property taxes that are eligible for appeal include residential, commercial, and industrial real estate, as well as airplanes and boats.

If the County disagrees with you, your case will go to an assessment appeals hearing where an independent board will reveal the appeal, related forms, and any other relevant documentation, and make a final determination. The independent board includes licensed real estate brokers, real estate appraisers, CPA's, and other experts. I hope those other experts aren't the ones who got us into this real estate and economic mess!

Good luck!


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Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Hey Jim.  Great information.  So many people don't know where to start with this process.

Jul 09, 2011 11:08 AM #1
Kathleen Vetrano
RE/MAX Gateway - Falls Church, VA
Helping YOU Achieve YOUR Dreams

Jim,  I know quite a few people who have appealed their property taxes.  Good outline on the procedure to do so in Mission Valley.

Jul 09, 2011 04:30 PM #2
Toronto, ON

Hi Jim - If you mail in the appeal, it is VERY IMPORTANT to keep a copy of the postmarked envelope and the envelope with a postage meter impression.  Whenever I file appeals by mail, I always use registered mail.

Keeping proof of mailing is very important if you have a later dispute with the authorities.

Jul 10, 2011 01:44 AM #3
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Jim, That is great information to have!  Great post

Jul 10, 2011 11:46 AM #4
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

Thanks to everyone for stopping by and commenting.

I’ll read through all the comments to see if any of them need a specific response. If so, I’ll respond below this comment. Otherwise, since I like to return comment for comment, I'll be by your blogs soon to do a little reading and commenting. I find that a better way to acknowledge you stopping by and commenting on my blog.

Jul 20, 2011 01:34 AM #5
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