Tax records

Real Estate Agent with Atlanta Communities 303302

There are records that exist in the local government that keeps track of important things like what your home's tax value is. This is so the taxman can collect his due from you every year. Also included are numbers for square footage, lot lines, how much your mortgage was that you took on to buy the home and other pertinent gems. I also like to use this information when I value homes. So, WHY ARE THEY WRONG?

They are I tell you. The square footage can be wrong, the unfinished basement really is finished, the tax appraisal is way to high or too low as compared to the neighbors homes. All this drives me crazy when I am trying to accurately value a home for sale.

Yesterday, all my valuation models tanked on a $675,000 home I was valuing. 2 out of 3 models showed this home to be in the mid $400,000 range. Wrong. Tax records showed an unfinished basement.

 Last month I worked on a home valuation where the local count had completely over valued the home by 20%. When I brought this to the attention of the homeowner, she commented that her husband had unsuccessfully fought that battle a few years ago.

I believe that valuing a home for sale is one of the hardest jobs we as agents do for our clients. The counties are not making it any easier with incorrect tax records. When I become king I will get this fixed!

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Peter den Boer, Associate Broker, Realtor

Atlanta Communities Real estate Brokerage


Ph. 770.713.1545


I write about daily life as a Realtor in the Towne Lake Community in Woodstock Georgia.


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Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Thank you for the information Peter. Yes, a clue that tax records may not be right is when sellers list square feet as "by  owner",  "by appraiser", "by builder" etc.

Feb 16, 2015 11:49 PM #1
Harold Smith
Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices - Acworth, GA

Let me know when you run for King. You have my vote. You have a better chance at becoming king than the tax records becoming accurate.

Feb 18, 2015 03:29 AM #2
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

We have this issue all the time. People want to pay less for property taxes even if the Sqft are larger, yet, when they are ready to sell, it is becoming important to show a real sqft.

Feb 26, 2015 03:21 PM #3
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