property tax appeal

Realtors and “Non-Billable Hours”

Realtor “Loss Leaders” First of all, how can professionals who are paid via commission have such a thing as “non-billable hours?” Don’t you have to be a lawyer (I was), CPA (ditto, a long time ago), financial advisor, etc. for that to apply? Technically, yes. But what I mean by “non-billable hours” for Realtors is...
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"Property Tax Protester Beware"

The Downside of Appealing October is not exactly high season for property tax appeals: it’s too late to contest 2010 valuations — set way back in January — and too soon to challenge as-yet undetermined 2011 taxes (due to a lag, property taxes in MN are set each January 2 for the following year). Yet,...
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Property Tax Appeals

‘Shrunk to Fit’: Tax Values in a Declining Market Homeowners across the country are challenging their property tax bills in droves as the value of their homes drop, threatening local governments with another big drain on their budgets –Jack Healy, “Tax Bill Appeals Take Rising Toll on Governments“; The New York Times (7/4/09). Which would...
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