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The property taxes in North Plainfield seem very high though property values seem to be dropping.

Asked by Home Buyer Piscataway, Piscataway, NJ Tue Dec 23, 2008

If purchasing is there any chances of getting property taxes reduced?

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Hi Carol,

The same question was asked a few hours ago and I copied/pasted the best parts of two answers together for your benefit:

The tax assessments are based on the property values, but do not move up and down with overall property values. In other words, if a house on Main Street is now worth 20% less than a year ago due to a decline in the entire housing market, all the other houses on Main Street are now worth 20% less. Your ratable did not change and you therefore are still paying your same proportionate share of local taxes.

With budget squeezes coming at both the state and county level, I expect that we may even see tax increases at the local level (although I sincerely hope not). The only way to lower taxes is to lower your proportionate share of the total tax pie. Typically that is done by building a development for tax paying residents without children (55+ restricted) to add to the school burden or by attracting additional business/commercial/industrial development.

What you may have missed in the tax situation is that the home values going down are universal in the town. They may be uneven in their decline but until there is a reassessment, the tax burden per dollar of ASSESSED VALUE will NOT be reduced. The town, even if it has tightened it's belt somewhat, can not reduce the buget significantly and so the taxes will have to be paid.

If, for some reason, (and it will not be the price you paid for the property) the taxes on your specific property are out of line and unfair, there is an appeal process. It is limited to one calender period per year and is limited in what will constitute proof that the burden has fallen more heavily on the property in question than it should.

One hears from many people that, because their house has declined in value, they expect to pay less in taxes than they used to. Since the town's police, sewerage and administrtive salaries and all town expenses are not going down, how do people expect that their taxes will go down?

Hope this helps in your understanding of the tax process.


Jacobus "Jack" Vollenberg
RE Appraiser/RE Sales Associate
Vollenberg Appraisers/ERA Statewide Realty
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Dear Carol,

There is another one just came out that's on 1/4 acre, only $299,000 with full finished basement ... http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/112-Gibson-…

It just a block walk and nice trail to http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=40.565142… Grandview Elementary School of K to 3 http://www.piscatawayschools.org/grandviewschool/site/default.asp

The school bus to all other piscataway schools http://www.piscatawayschools.org/pway/site/default.asp from 4 to 12 is right at the front. Besides, it is very close to http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=40.586777… Dunellen Train Station. http://dunellentrain.blogspot.com/

What that means is that location like this is always very popular and when you need to move up to bigger home, you will be sure many families with kids be very interested in houses like this. In fact, the next door is a white family with 2 small kids, and they just bought and moved over to Piscataway not too long ago...

This house, as I heard is estate property, so the price should be very good.
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Housing market has also gone up phenomenally in terms of Circuit City shares. I have loads of them. Any sellers willing to take them ? :)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 27, 2009
>>Answer to post on Mon Dec 29 2008, 22:05

So if we buy house in gas barrels, the housing market is going up by leaps and bouds accross the nation.
It is also going up if we buy in Australian $ or say number of plasma TV sets. What housing market crisis ? LOL :)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 27, 2009
Cheng...no it was not me. The property was too close to the park for me. Carol
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 23, 2009
If teh specific property you own or purchase seems higher relative to other similar propeties, it may be a subject for a tax appeal. It does not matter that all properties have lost value. It does matter that the relative share each property carries is fair when compared to similar ones.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 23, 2009
Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in Brick, NJ
121 Brewster Ave Piscataway NJ 08854 just passed attorney review and now under contract ... 1-21-09
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 21, 2009
Dear Carol, did you buy this 121 Brewster Ave Piscataway NJ 08854 house? http://maps.google.com/maps?client=opera&q=121+Brewster+…

I heard it is just sold under attorney review ... 1-19-09
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 19, 2009
Great! and keep in mind mortgage rate just collapsed http://www.bankrate.com/brm/graphs/graph_trend.asp?tf=360&am…

For great value house like this, it is very hard to fine...
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 2, 2009
Thanks Cheng...I'm going to see what I can find out.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 1, 2009
You are welcome, Carol. In fact, many Chinese families from NYC moved to North Plainfield and Piscataway area because there is a huge Asian Food Center http://www.asianfoodcenter.com/ almost all Chinese food in NYC Chinatown can be found here... So, the area is booming...

If you would like to get a great house http://maps.google.com/maps?client=opera&q=121+Brewster+… in a less crowd area, I know there is one right next to http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&saddr=40.587299,-74.4678… Irishtown Park at Piscataway http://irishtownpark.blogspot.com/ at 121 Brewster Ave Piscataway NJ 08854 also near http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&saddr=40.587299,-74.4678… Dunellen Train Station http://dunellentrain.blogspot.com/

By reading all your Trulia posting, I feel this may be your dream home...
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 31, 2008
Thanks for all your replys. I guess I have to stay out of North Plainfield. I love the area but a taxes are amost a second mortgage.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 30, 2008
The property taxes seem to be higher but that's because former NJ governor Whitman cut the state tax by 30% ... The price calculated by US dollars seemed to be lower because US dollar has been appreciated a lot for past months. If you use Euro dollars or many other currencies to price the house, you will find out, in fact, the value of North Plainfield is rising ...

If you prefer using number of gallon of gas to compare the value. A house at North Plainfield that was able to trade 100,000 gallon of gas just 6 months ago, now can trade about 300,000 gallon of gas. So, do you prefer to buy a house in North Plainfield 6 months ago with the money or buy a 100,000 gallon gas contract?

The "value" of a property is evaluate based on the "income" or "rent" that it can generate. If the same house can general MORE rent now than 6 months ago, you know the "value" raised.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 29, 2008
Home prices in NJ are generally back to about 2004 levels. If the town reassessed since this time, then there is a good chance that the assessed value is higher than the selling price. Typically, there has to be a 20% difference before you can appeal.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 23, 2008
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