Listing Comparable Sales
You may obtain comparable sales information from records at the Assessor's Office or through the Assessor's Page, from realtors, or title companies. Select sales that are "arms length transactions" of properties which sold closest to the assessment or appraisal date of your property. The best sales comparisons are sales of your property or sales of similar properties located in your area or neighborhood.
For each comparable sale you use, be sure to include the parcel or account number, the address of the property, the date of sale, and the sale price. Also include comparable characteristics of the property. Comparable characteristics to consider are land, improvements, and other supporting evidence.
Desirable features such as view or waterfront
Location (Sales in the same subdivision or neighborhood are the best evidence)
Unit of Comparison (lot size, acreage, square feet, front feet)
Improvement type and grade
Number of bedrooms and bathrooms
Number of stories
Square footage of total finished living area
Type of construction (wood frame, brick, other)
Other Supporting Evidence
A map showing the location of your property and the comparable sales properties
Appraisals prepared by others
Documentation by others concerning problems
Real Estate Market Analysis (a letter from a Real Estate Agent is not sufficient)