The most simple answerâ€¦ in the City of Boston most Tax Assessments (as a representation of value) are not up-to-date with the current Real Estate Market. Tax Assessments are based on a broad range of market data based on a history of sales in that area, and Assessments will slowly increase or decrease along with the current economy and Real Estate market trends. An Assessment anywhere from 10% - 25% below List Price is not uncommon.
Other Towns in the Greater Boston area may have Tax Assessments closer to actual List Price, especially if they are in an area known for better schools or higher municipal costs (police, fire departments, etcâ€¦).
The fact that the City Tax Assessment is lower than List Price does not necessarily affect the value of that property in the â€œrealâ€ Boston Real Estate Market; and keep in mind that a lower Assessment will mean lower quarterly Property Tax Bills.
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Norman D. Hodson
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Keller Williams Realty
BOSTON - METRO
607 Boylston Street, 5th floor, Boston, MA. 02116
Office: 617-542-0012 . Fax: 617-542-0016