20% of apartment building sales this year were tax assessed for more than their selling price. – Dupre+Scott

Are you reviewing the property tax assessments on your apartment building investments every year? In Seattle apartment research providers Dupre+Scott found that “this year almost 20% of the sales were assessed for more than they sold for. They were over-assessed by an average of 22%”.

In their video narrated by the xtranormal sounding ‘Kate Gardens’ she says: “With apartment prices climbing so much in the past year, we didn’t think many properties would be assessed for more than they sell for”. But their research shows that’s not entirely the case.

Real Estate taxes as percent of apartment building investment Effective Gross Income

“… between 2000 and 2008 the average apartment was assessed for only 70 to 80% of what it sold for. Then things changed. In 2009 and 2010, the average property sold for less than its assessed value. And even though assessed values make more sense today, compared to prices, they are still higher than they used to be”.

OK that’s Seattle you may be thinking but the article gets even better after slicing the local data because they go on to discuss tax negotiation and appeal strategies in great detail with Appeal Specialists, property managers and owners. Given that property tax is such a big line item on the P&L do you negotiate or appeal your assessment every year? Do you know when it makes sense to hire an Assessment Appeal Specialist? Read the whole article here to learn the best practices (note, you may have to register on the site but it’s free).

Percent of Apartment Building Investments over-assessed by unit size

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