I’m up to 22 as of this morning. I wish it were 22 running miles but my wrecked knee precludes that.
I have 22 requests to help clients protest their tax assessment in Larimer County. I expect that to double as the month progresses. People are asking if it’s worth it and my answer depends on the difference between their 2015 assessment and 2017’s. It seems as if the 2015 assessments were reasonable and I didn’t have many clients asking for help. Most of us shrugged our shoulders and accepted the 10-20% increase.
The highest so far that I received from a client is a 55% increase between the two years. I can’t imagine what she thought when she pulled off the tab from the county’s postcard and saw what her one level ranch (no basement) was now worth. Wrong. But the county admits that the heavy lifting for these assessments is done by an algorithm, calculated by a computer. It’s not possible to go out and look at each property’s condition, location, etc. They are prepared to consider your comparables and your protestations and make a reasonable adjustment.
The actual value is based on house sales PRIOR to June 2016. Think about what happened that summer. I wrote a ton of offers which were submitted along with a ton of offers from other agents. The consequence was that most homes got offers that were over the list price. The average list to close price in Fort Collins in 2016 was just shy of 100% which meant that most sales closed at a price that was over the asking price.
Sometimes Opportunity Only Knocks Once
This may be your last chance in a long time to protest and receive a positive response.
Remember, protesting is patriotic!
But if you want me to help, don’t procrastinate. Protest forms are due June 1 and I don’t want to spend Memorial Weekend hunched over the computer researching the past, unless I’m finishing my memoir.
But that’s another story.