The other agents who have already responded to you are accurate in the information of what the tax rates are and where you go to get the current rates. The one other factor that must be considered is the tax valuation of the property. Our tax rates were set in January 2008 to be effective for the next 8 years (likely to be only 4 years, but nothing official on that yet). You'll remember that the market was rising in 2006 and 2007 when the assessors were completing their caculations. Keep in mind that with a rollout date of January 1st 2008, the majority of the work was completed by mid-2007. By mid 2007 the market had flattened and by early 2008 the market was going down. Assessments were based on their projections of where the market would be in January 2008, not on what turned out to be reality. Virtually all homes in Wake County are assessed higher than what they will sell for, particularily in the high prices ranges. The home that you might purchase for 1M is likely to have a tax value of 1.1-1.4M which is what you'd pay taxes on. Your anticipated tax bill on a home in Raleigh city limits is likely to be around 10K+ not 9K.