More Property Tax Relief For The Unlucky

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Many Californians who bought their home since late 2006 now find themselves facing mortgage payment shock, and are unable to refinance due to a drop in the value of their home.

This double whammy is the major cause of the increased number of foreclosures and short sales.

While there is no easy answer for many in this situation there is one thing they can do to at least reduce the cost of owning their home.

California Proposition 8 allows for a reduction in Property Taxes when the current value of the house is now lower than the assessed value (usually the purchase price in this scenario.)

For example. You paid $450,000 in December 2006 for a beautiful 4 bed 3 bath home in Elk Grove.

The Builder is now selling the same house in phase 3 of the development for $380,000.

Your property taxes are $5,628 per year.

The buyer at $380,000 is paying $4,752 per year. That’s $868 per year less than you.

Prop 8 allows you to file for a “reduction in assessed value” in the County where you live. Example: www.acgov.org/forms/assessor/decline_market.pdf for Alameda County. There is some paperwork required but nothing you cannot handle yourself.

There is no need to fall for the flyer in the mail offering to take care of this for you at at a  price.

Simply call the County Assessors office and explain you want to apply for a “Reduction in Assessed Value” for your home. They will send you the required forms which you complete and send back. It may take a couple of months before they respond but respond they must.

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