How are property taxes calculated in Marin County?

Asked by Van Woerkom, Novato, CA Wed Aug 21, 2013

We're interested in buying a home in San Anselmo or Fairfax and have noticed that the taxes vary with similarly priced properties.

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Claudia Mull…, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Fremont, CA
Wed Aug 21, 2013
Here is the link to the Marin County property tax collector.
It will give you the tax calculation factor.
You may also type in your address and it will give you the current tax bill information.
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Mary Kay and…, Agent, San Rafael, CA
Wed Aug 21, 2013
Your base property tax is 1% of the assessed value of your property plus typically an additional approximately .25% (1/4%) for the assessments/bonds/services for your local area, which are usually charges per parcel rarther than a percentage. If you are declaring your property as your personal residence, they subtract $7,000 from your assessed value before computing the tax.
There are certain areas where there are additional fees included in the property taxes such as Hamilton, Pointe Marin, & Bel Marin Keys in Novato where the total property taxes will be more than 1.25% (approx.) of the assessed value.

There is a website that you can go to to check the property taxes at We hope that this helps!!

Mary Kay & Kathy
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Vance & Anna…, , San Anselmo, CA
Wed Aug 21, 2013
Hi Van,
The property tax is limited to 1% of the purchase price. However all towns have added fees for services such as paramedics, added school bonds, sewer fees. As mentioned below, total bill will be in the 1.15% to 1.25% depending on the town. When you purchase a home, you will be given a copy of the current tax bill which will show all the fees as well as the 1% base tax. If you would like to discuss this further, please call me at 415-459-5900.
Best, Vance & Anna Frost (we live in San Anselmo, and can help in Fairfax as well).
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Liz Williams…, Agent, Mill Valley, CA
Wed Aug 21, 2013
Hi Van,
A rule of thumb is take the purchase price and times it by 1.125. This will give you a good idea. But depending on the area, there maybe some added assessments. I know in Mill Valley it can be more due to the special school assessment.. Check your title report when you are in contract to see if there are any other assessments. Your agent too can also check with the tilte company.
If you haven't decided on an agent yet, please feel free to give me a call, for an interview, I would love to help.
Thanks so much and Good Luck!

Liz Williamson
Frank Howard Allen
cell: 415 260-3750
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Steven Ornel…, Agent, Fremont, CA
Wed Aug 21, 2013
Hi Van,

1.25% is a common "quesstimate"; however, in fact, your effective property tax bill actually consists of three separate levy categories: General Tax Levy, Voter Approved Indebtedness and Direct/Special Assessments. So, where you buy make a difference in total taxes.

See: "Estimating Property Taxes in CA" for a thorough review.

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Alexander Gr…, Agent, San Jose, CA
Wed Aug 21, 2013
Property Taxes are based on their assesed value.

Great to hear that you are looking to buy. If you are looking to get pre-approved or need a purchase loan now, I can certainly help you out there.You can call me at 408-352-5147 or email me at You can check us out at I will look at your situation and present you with some options.

Alex Greer
NMLS #1056079
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