Property Tax filter: In August I bought a house in King County WA. The county's assessment of the property is very high. I would like to appeal for a review of the assessment. The desired result is a lower tax bill. I would be grateful for any strategy or advice.
- The house is in the City of Shoreline, WA (north of Seattle).
- The August 2009 sale price of the property was over $200k less than the 2009 assessed value, and $40k less than the 2010 assessed value.
- The bank's appraisal, done prior to sale, estimated the value as just slightly higher than the actual sale price.
- House and yard are in good clean condition.
- The County's "parcel viewer
" assessor information database states that the house has 4 bathrooms. Not true. It has 2 full baths, 1 half bath, and 1 water closet without sink. There is also a "roughed in" bathroom without any fixtures.
- The assessor database states that we have half a finished basement. Not really true. The basement has four small rooms. Three rooms are unfinished with concrete floors and no finishing over the wall and ceiling framework. The fourth room has ancient carpeting, a couple sheets of old wood paneling, one wall covered in old wallboard, no finish on the ceiling.
If I understand it right, I can appeal either to the King County Dept of Assessments
or to the Board of Equalization
. Which one is likely to give me better results?
Apparently I just missed a July 31st deadline for 2010 appeals with the board of equalization. Is there any lee-way for me to get an appeal in, since I didn't own the house until August?
Would it help my appeal to remove the old carpet in the basement and expose the concrete floor? Should I take down the wood paneling?
Is there an easy way to measure the square footage of my house?
Any other tips on get them to re-evaluate in my favor? Is there a way to get it done quickly? TIA.