List Price = $800k, Tax Value = $400k

As I’ve written previously, a home’s tax assessed value isn’t particularly relevant for establishing a home’s actual, what-will-it-sell-for market value.

Rather, fair market value is determined by: a) scrutinizing the comp’s, or comparable sold properties, to set a list price; then b) testing it on the market.

While in theory the tax value should approximate market value, there are all kinds of reasons why they can diverge.

So why do Realtors still consult the tax assessed value?

Speaking for myself, I always check to see if the assessed value appears too low.

Especially if the home hasn’t sold recently, that can be a sign that major remodeling was performed without the requisite permits.

If the home has sold recently, it’s possible that the appropriate permits were pulled, but that the new tax assessed value simply hasn’t caught up yet.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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