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hector h,, Other/Just Looking in 03079

House that i made an offer on a two family house in lawrence, used to have to have a pool but doesnt anymore... should seller reassess it?

Asked by hector h,, 03079 Mon Mar 25, 2013

Taxes per year are over 4000. the pool was an inground pool but its not there anymore. should i buy it then reassess it myself? or have the seller do it? Is it expensive and will a pool make a lot of difference? $4200taxes in lawrence seem to be a bit too high...

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Heath Coker’s answer
Hi Hector,
You can search the internet for info about a Tax Abatement.
This is what a reduction in the tax bill is called.
You have to go through specific steps with specific time constraints in order to be successful.
The current owner may be beyond the time allowed for them to request an abatement for the current tax assessment.
It may have to happen with the new owner.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 3, 2013
Pool will add very little to the tax bill and the home may of already been re-assessed over the years if the pool is no longer there. As to getting your assessment lowered you will have to compare your two family to others or equal size, condition, location and amenities to see how yours relates as to assessment. If yours is higher you have a case, if yours is lower are you going to complain????

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Louis Wolfson
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 25, 2013
Hi Hector,

definitely talk to your buyers agent. It sounds as though you are serious about buying and you should have your own representation and answers to your questions can be answer by your agent. And buyers agent do not cost you anything so take advantage of it. info@wenrealty.com
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 25, 2013
The residential rate for Lawrence is $14.xx per thousand, even at that rate a pool even one valued at $20K would only be $280-$300/yr. You should find out if it's being counted into the property assessment. Your buyers agent will be able to handle this with you and what your game plan is going forward.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 25, 2013
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