How Do I Protest My Denver Property Tax?

by Doug Jones on May 9, 2009

The new property valuations are out from the assessors office, and many homeowners have been left wondering, what happened and what can I do now?

Denver Area Real Estate

First, start with a review of your property details as listed on the letter.  I’ve seen mistakes from the county assessors ofice on numbers of bedrooms, numbers of bathrooms, even square feet.  This could affect your valuation.

Second, most counties are including comparable sales.  Review those sales and see if they truly are comparable to your home.  Remember, the valuation period is using comparable sales from a period ending June 20, 2008, not from our current market.  If you feel the valuation is in error, give me a call.  Let’s see if we can find some other comparable sales for you to use.

And finally, know that you can protest your valuation.  The instructions are included with the letter and it really is a simple, painless process.

Here are some helpful links to answer any other questions you may have.

http://www.douglas.co.us/assessor/documents/2009UnderstandingPropertyTaxes_000.pdf

http://www.co.arapahoe.co.us/Departments/AS/faq.asp

http://www.denvergov.org/Assessor/ProtestingYourPropertyValue/tabid/378144/Default.aspx

Best of luck.  And as always, if you have any real estate questions, feel free to contact me.

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