I used a company specializing in challenging Tax Assessments.
Call me and I'll give you the company' contact info, if you wish.
They will be able to tell you, upfront, if you have any chances....
Meir Aloni & Team
CRS (Certified Residential Specialist)
CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert)
RECS (Real Estate Cyberspace Society)
Successfully selling Broward County since 1986!
Direct phone# 954-338-5220 http://www.WeSellBroward.com
All Star Realty Inc.
There are two basic ways of challenging your assessment. Let's go through the easiest way first. Go on http://www.bcpa.net which is the property appraiser's web site. Look up your property. Verify everything is correct. If you have an improvement click on the see sketch tab on the right side. Make sure the information they have is correct. It's very hard to contest assessment for residential properties HOWEVER if they've made a mistake on your property they will correct it. Now to the hard part. There are 3 ways you can beat an assessment. First, they missed some sales (very unlikely as they have every sale in the county). Second, they used sales that were actually unqualified (very unlikly as they verify all sales). Thrid they used bad sales. This CAN happen. If there are no sales in your subdivision and they use sales from a nearby project that's superior to yours you could have a higher valuation than you should. This one is hard to prove. If you look at the sales history of your property you'll see above it "search subdivision sales". Click on that and all the sales in your subdivision will appear. Sort them by date. This only works in a large subdivision with a lot of activity but if you look for the sales with a Q, those are the sales they used in determining valuation. The best thing to do is call them. They're actually pretty good at explaining the valuation process.
Let me know if you have any luck with that.
Prudential Florida Realty