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Lower Property Taxes – Central Florida Property Appraisals & Appraiser

As a longtime property appraiser, former home builder for twenty years, and licensed real estate broker I learned something from someone who seemingly was a novice in the real estate market and industry.

My son Paul Jr. lived in Oviedo, FL (Seminole County) at the time when he phoned my Lake County office at Midstate Appraisals and asked me about his recent county home value assessment. I never thought to fight the county, or anyone within the government (local, state, or federal).

My son Paul Jr. however has a bit more chutzpah when it comes to negotiation and doesn’t roll over easily. (It also doesn’t hurt that he was trained in Strategic Negotiations & Deal-making at Harvard Business School.)

Nevertheless I at the time thought he didn’t know what he was talking about and immediately told him, “Don’t even try it. You’re not going to win. Don’t waste your time.” Unmoved, Paul Jr. half-heartedly listened to me and proceeded to ask to speak to another appraiser at our office to get a second opinion.

The office associate asked Paul Jr. how much the county had valued his home for. To which he replied $229,000. Paul Jr. bought the two-story, six bedroom, four bath home with swimming pool a year prior for $223,500 ($6,500 off the asking price which he also negotiated). The county’s assessment seemed like a mild price increase based on the fact that home values have been known to escalate up to $100,000 in a single year in Florida.

Not wanting to discourage him, the associate somewhat agreed with Paul Jr. that he might have a valid point and said he might want to ask the county to remedy the discrepancy. Paul Jr. completed the documentation and phoned the Seminole County property appraiser to dispute the valuation.

As is customary Paul Jr. asked the county appraiser to come out and look at the house for himself and see how poorly the 6 bedroom, 4 bath home was constructed (He learned about construction from me as a kid growing up).

Upon buying the home, Paul Jr. began to notice several minor flaws in the construction. Trivial stuff like poor carpentry on the stairway, settlement cracks on the pool deck, and some drywall gaps around the air conditioner unit in the garage. When the appraiser came out, Paul Jr. patiently walked him through the house pointing out all of these flaws and requested that his home’s assessed value be reduced accordingly.

A few weeks later, Paul Jr. received a letter from Seminole County saying they had agreed to reduce his home valuation to $209,000. Though this kind of adjustment may not be what most homeowners want, my son had his house completely paid off. That being said his tax burden was decreased by $600 that year. Not a bad chunk of change to save for a few minutes of negotiating.

Based on my son’s success, now we not only appraise property but also help in any negotiations with the county property appraiser. For a fee of course.

Paul Jr. learned when reading the fine print of his county property appraiser’s assessment that third parties can represent homeowners when disputing property valuation assessments. I guess you could say through Paul Jr.’s own experience and professional academic training (which cost me a pretty penny), he serendipitously stumbled into a market niche working with his old man.

Incidentally in case you’re wondering if Paul Jr. took a loss when he bought his Seminole County home, not in the least. He owned it for about two-years and sold it for $282,500, above the price my brokerage listed it for (the kid knows how to negotiate), and pocketed a $59,000 profit upon sale.

I wish I could say I taught my son everything he knows. What I can now say however is that we now know the ins and outs of property appraising, which keeps our phones constantly ringing.

Paul Davis is Central Florida’s favorite and most reputable property appraiser frequently called upon by banks, homeowners, and savvy real estate investors to assess property values. A builder for over twenty years and also a real estate broker, Paul Davis brings a wealth of knowledge to the table as an appraiser.

Paul’s company Midstate Appraisals serves Central Florida (Lake, Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Sumter and Davenport in Polk counties).

Contact Paul Davis and Midstate Appraisals for your next appraisal:

Office: 325-242-9973

Cell: 352-636-6672

Fax: 352-242-4912

midstateappraisals@earthlink.net

http://www.midstateappraisals.org

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Central Florida Appraisals Property Valuations – Real Estate Appraisal Central Florida

Property appraising historically has taken three approaches:
1. The Cost Approach
2. The Sales Comparison Approach
3. The Income Capitalization Approach

Motivations for acquiring an appraisal are to obtain financing when buying property, determine the appropriate price when selling, to gauge the amount of tax one should pay based on valuation, and as an investor to stay current with market.

Beyond the intangible benefits of material comfort, pride, and security that come from owning real estate is the permanence of land and the attachments thereon. Unlike other assets and investments, land and property tend to appreciate in value, particularly in the state of Florida.

The financial benefits of owning your own home, possessing rental income from investment properties, and capital gains from accrued appreciation over time all make real estate a noteworthy investment be it for family or financial reasons. Nevertheless the speculative nature of anything so commonly owned and so readily emotionally invested in as well give room for fluctuating values based on what the market will bear.

When snow birds and Europeans on vacation in Florida suddenly began buying second homes in the sunshine state, prices began to go up. Years later prices are beginning to level out and decline as the economy slows. Such are factors and variables that effect property values.

Within the residential market, the sales comparison approach is the one most commonly used. This is the approach most counties and municipalities use when assessing home values when it is time to collect property taxes every year. By no means is the use of the cost approach a surprise, considering local governments usually find it increases annually when they collect property taxes.

Knowledgeable homeowners and savvy investors employ property appraisers to help them in the buying, selling, and refinance process as doing so has proven both profitable and prudent.

Paul Davis is Central Florida’s favorite and most reputable property appraiser frequently called upon by banks, homeowners, and savvy real estate investors to assess property values. A builder for over twenty years and also a real estate broker, Paul Davis brings a wealth of knowledge to the table as an appraiser.

Paul’s company Midstate Appraisals serves Central Florida (Lake, Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Sumter and Davenport in Polk counties).

Contact Paul Davis and Midstate Appraisals for your next appraisal:

Office: 325-242-9973

Cell: 352-636-6672

Fax: 352-242-4912

midstateappraisals@earthlink.net

http://www.midstateappraisals.org

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