Lower Your San Bernardino County Property Taxes Now! Free and Legal

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Empire Realty

There are two ways to lower your property taxes in San Bernardino County which are legal and FREE.

1) If you qualify, appeal your property tax assessment

2) Claimed your Homeowner's Tax Exemption

 

APPEAL YOUR TAX ASSESSMENT

  • Home values in San Bernardino County have decreased over the last year, you may be able to lower your property taxes?
  • This will only apply if you purchased your home or have been re-assessed in the last couple of years?

 

If the above information applies to you, you may be able to do something that will cost you nothing.  This simple process can save you hundreds of dollars in future property taxes.

   

Lower you Property Tax Bill NOW !

Each county operates differently but the simple answer is that all you need to do is ask for your property to be re-assessed.
Some counties are proactive and are already planning on reassessing your area, but their opinion of value may be very conservative.

In 1978, we in California passed Proposition 8, allowing homeowners to request a reassessment of their homes.  More information on Proposition 8.

If prices have declined since you were last assessed this simple process could save you some serious cash.

How much can I save? 
Let's take a home purchased a couple of years ago for $750,000.
With a current tax bill of $9,000 a year, at tax rate of 1.2%. Your tax rate can be as high as 1.9%.
Let's assume that the current value has dropped 10%, not unrealistic in this market, making the current value around $675,000.
The tax bill on a property of that value would be $8,100 or $900 less!  That is a savings of $900 every year that the new lower tax rate applies.

Get started by filing an assessment appeal with County Assessor's Office, Click for Directions and the Form 

*****Empire Realty will provide you with a free opinion of value for the assessment appeal, just drop us an e-mail with the address of the property of the property to be reassessed and we will get that information to you. *****

The more value you have lost since the last assessment, the greater you may be able to save!

 

HOMEOWNERS TAX EXEMPTION

There is also a Homeowner's tax exemption which lowers your homes taxable value by $7,000.  Available only to qualifying owner-occupied homes.

How much can I save? 

Let's use the same example as above, your homes present taxable value is $750,000.
With a current tax bill of $9,000 a year, at tax rate of 1.2%. Your tax rate can be as high as 1.9%.
Let's assume that you qualify for the homeowners tax exemption of $7,000 which brings your taxable home value down to $743,000.
The tax bill on a property of that value would be $8,916 or $84 less!  This amount may seem low but you will save this amount year after year. 

Homeowner's exemption information can be found Here and download the Form.

For information on purchasing your next home in San Bernardino County or anywhere in the Inland Empire call Empire Realty at 909-579-6611 or visit us on the web at Empire Realty.

Empire Realty is your one stop shop for information and Full Service at a Discount.

Comments (1)

Anonymous
tack joe kwon

Hi, how are you?

My mortgage bank(washington mutual) sent me a bill which says that my property tax was increased(about 35%). I have not received any letter from county regarding tax increase. Send me the notification. Let me know from when and how much the tax was increased.

Mar 05, 2008 04:42 AM
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