Preparing an Appeal

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)
  • Sewer/Septic systems
  • Undesirable features
  • Unit of Comparison (lot size, acreage, square feet, front feet)
  • Water systems
  • Wetlands
  • Zoning

  • Basement (finished/unfinished)
  • Building condition
  • Fireplace
  • Garage/carport
  • 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)
  • Year built

Other Supporting Evidence

  • A map showing the location of your property and the comparable sales properties
  • Appraisals prepared by others
  • Cost data
  • Documentation by others concerning problems
  • Income data
  • Photographs
  • Real Estate Market Analysis (a letter from a Real Estate Agent is not sufficient)
  • Written estimates of the cost to repair problems