How is residential property appraised?

Residential and rural properties are appraised under a mass appraisal system that conforms to State laws and Administrative Rules. Values-based on market sales are established for each property, as well as a reduced Measure 50 (M50) value. That value, called the Maximum Assessed Value (MAV), is the 1995 to 1996 tax year value less than 10%. That value may not increase by more than 3% each year.

Market-Related Cost Approach

Residential and rural properties are appraised using a market-related cost approach. Sales of properties within a given market area, or an area of similar properties, are compiled and analyzed to develop the data used to appraise all similar properties within that given area. Once these values are established, they are monitored yearly using sales that occur within these areas by comparing those sales prices to their Real Market Value (RMV). If the average property sales price is higher than the RMV, the properties in that area are adjusted to reflect the change in the market.

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1. How is residential property appraised?
2. I recently purchased my newer house and there is no improvement value on my tax statement. Why not?
3. You have valued my house for more than it cost me to build it; why is that?
4. I'm going to build a new garage/carport or add concrete/blacktop to my property. What will my taxes be?
5. Are portable buildings and garden sheds taxable?
6. I need an appraisal to get a loan, can you do that for me?
7. Do I have to let an appraiser on my property?
8. Why are my neighbor's taxes lower than mine?
9. Will you review my property value without an appeal being filed?
10. Why am I not being taxed on my sales price?
11. If I find an error in the square footage of my house or the acreage of my property can a correction be made?