Challenging a Property Tax Assessment
We just received our property tax notice. It has our property value going DOWN almost 20%. Now, I know people challenge their assessments going the other way -but I don't think our value has gone done that much in the last year. We live in Michigan and our economy has pretty much been flat lined (in the tank) since 2007, although it has improved a little this past year. The past couple of years our value has gone down maybe 2-4%.
My reason of concern is that we are planning on putting our house back on the market this Spring, so, ideally would like our assessment as high as possible.
1) Any "tricks" to increasing your odds of winning? (maybe I should bring the assessor's mom cookies...she lives across the street from us and we've watched her cats before..) :) Our next door neighbor's assessment barely changed, as did many on our street -so, it's not like they dropped values across the board.
2)Should we pay for our own assessment so that when we list we can show the potential buyer what it has been assessed at or is that just a waste of our time/money?
Should we contact our realtor and have her run comps?
TIA for your advice!