Lately, we've seen, and I've received several requests like yours. At first, the requests were a bit perplexing. But after asking a few questions, it turns out that the folks who are inquiring are seekiing to have their property taxes adjusted.
Is this the same question for you?
As such, there is a methodology to determine what the comps are. And engaging your realtor to help you is one of the steps you can take. I don't charge to help my clients, so I hope your realtor won't charge a fee for this service either.
Just getting a list of houses in a zip code won't help since the true comps will have to based on your immediate area. The difference could be night and day once you cross MacArthur, for example,.
Start by identifying the type of property you have (house? condo? townhouses?), how many bedrooms, what square footage (house/lot), condition of the property, And most important, property address or location.
*Search sold properties in the vicinity of your property within a certain period of time (for our purposes, we can even go 6 months prior to end of March 31, 2008)
*Select a few possible comps
*Select the most recent and most comparable properties and choose three for the comparison
* Then using $/sq ft, making adjustments for condition, upgrades and improvements, we recommend thr market value of the property as of March 31, 2008.
Then your realtor can complete the form you can download from the Alameda County. Some folks know where to go, how to proceed. Some need a little help. As a service to folks in Alameda County, CA, here is a good start:
Assessor's Office http://www.acgov.org/assessor/assrinfo.htm
Assessment Appeals http://www.acgov.org/clerk/assessment.htm