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Stacey, Home Buyer in 18951

Why are taxes so different in same area? What exactly determines the rate?

Asked by Stacey, 18951 Sat Apr 28, 2012

I have seen 2 houses, roughly the same square feet, the same number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the same school district, the same area (within 5 miles of each other) and the taxes are hugely different. The one house is on 1 acre and the taxes are roughly $3800 and the other does have 10 acres but the taxes are over $6000. Everyone I talk to says land taxes are cheaper than house taxes but is that true and if so, why are the taxes so much higher?

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The 9 extra acres are going to be the reason.. your paying tax on the land as well not just the house
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 30, 2012
One property could have been reassessed recently, since home values have dropped. Are you working with a Realtor yet? If you'd like to send me the addresses I can look into it more for you!

Thanks,

Rebecca Utermohlen
Coldwell Banker Realty Corp
215-896-1935
rutermohlen@cbrealtycorp.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 30, 2012
I am not sure about your state but in Ca. the raising of property taxes year over year is regulated. So if the one property was purchased at a lower price many years ago and the second one was purchased at a higher price more recently the property taxes could be quite different.
Good luck,
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