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Hal, Home Buyer in Lansdale, PA

Property taxes for Downingtown Area?

Asked by Hal, Lansdale, PA Fri Apr 11, 2008

One home I was interested in had an annual tax bill of almost 6 Grand.

1. Is that usual for the area?

2. And if I feel there's been an error, could I appeal the assessment?

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how do I change the mailing address for RE taxes in
Downingtown borough
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 1, 2016
I will pull public record to see comparisons for similar property, maybe it has never been appealed? Call me today 610-363-7140.
It's a good life,
Michele
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 28, 2011
Dea Hal,
This is my market area, give me a call and I will pull public record, just have the address ready. 610-363-7140
It's a good Life,
Michele
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 28, 2011
Yes, depending on how big the home is and the lot size. I personally have taxes of 7,600 per year in Downingtown. Yes, you can normally appeal the assessment- it is especially worthwhile on newer homes especially if the assessment has never been appealed. We bought brand new and our taxes were originally close to 10,000 dollars- we appealed and got them reduced... you can usually only do it once a year- there is a form you fill out then go to West Chester once you get the date to appeal. Check out the website for Chester County for the latest info.
Web Reference: http://www.chesco.org
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 6, 2011
check out the homes listed for around 500K.. Taxes will be around 10K.
So you are lucky to only pay around 6K.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 4, 2010
Key thing to do is look at the assessment. If the home was purchased as new, the assessment should be about 51% or the sales price. If it is higher than that, you should be able to secessfully appeal the taxes (nearly automatic). It takes $25 and a 30 minute hearing.

You can still appeal assessments on ANY property if you can show the board that your home is over-assessed. They use a figure called a common level ratio which gives the proportion of marke value that assessments are derived from. They may ask you to obtain an appraisal from a certified appraiser. Assessments must be appealed by September for the upcoming year. Bear in mind you cannot appeal the taxes - you appeal the amount of the assessment.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 5, 2008
The taxes are high for the area. I think due to the enormous amount of children now cramming into the Downingtown School District.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 20, 2008
Hal,
Chris from the Cindy Dickerman Team with Keller Williams again. John is absolutely right $6k is on the high side. If you do buy new construction, there is a certain time period every year that you are able to appeal the taxes.
Here is a link that give you more information:
http://dsf.chesco.org/chesco/cwp/view.asp?a=1413&q=573702
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Apr 12, 2008
Hal,

I see you were asking about new construction in your prior post. I wouldn't call the number "typical" as you say, but yes it could conceivably be $6K depending on the assessment of the property. New construction does tend to be higher than resales initially.

Yes, you can appeal your tax assessment. It's a fairly easy process.
Web Reference: http://www.JohnLauber.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 11, 2008
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