1. How does the guide help me ensure that I pay no more than my fair share of taxes?

    The Guide does this in three ways:

    • First, it familiarizes you with the property tax system, so that you are able understand how your tax bill was established.
    • Second, it shows you how to determine the real market value of your home so you can compare that value to the true "assessed" value on your tax bill. Thus, you'll know if you have a strong case for an abatement due to an "over-assessment".
    • Third, if you do have a case, the Guide clearly shows you how to present your case for abatement to your local assessor in an effective manner, and advocate effectively on your behalf to establish that you are entitled to a property tax abatement.

  2. How long does this process take?

    It is essentially a five step system which can be completed in about three weeks.

    • Carefully Read the Guide and Listen To The Audio Segments (Week One)
    • Obtain the Abatement Application Ground Rules in Your State/Locality (Week One)
    • Determine the Fair Market Value of Your Home as of the Assessment Date by Preparing a Comparable Sales Grid (Weeks Two and Three)
    • Complete the Abatement Application. (Week Three)
    • Then just follow through with the scheduled meeting with the assessor/appeal board when it is scheduled.
    Of course, the timing on the meeting will vary from one area to the next, depending upon the ground rules in your locality. And, it is important to understand that, like most everything in life, what you get out of this program, will depend on what you put into it. That means you'll have to roll up your sleeves somewhat, and absorb, apply and execute what is presented here. And of course the strength of your case will also affect the outcome. But following the system, you'll know if you have a strong case, and will know exactly how to take action on your behalf.

  3. Why is it important for me to learn how to do this myself?

    First, for most homeowners retaining an attorney, appraiser or property tax representative to handle a typical residential property tax appeal and/or paying for an appraisal is simply not practical or cost-effective. So the only viable, cost-effective option for these homeowners is to familiarize themselves with the property tax system and handle the matter themselves as any taxpayer has the legal right to do. It's either that or pay the bill without question.

    Second, property taxes continue to rise unchecked year-after-year. On an absolute level, stripping away inflation, property taxes have grown four-fold since the mid 1950's. For many homeowners, the property tax is becoming a huge financial burden. One that needs to be watched over carefully. Most of us don't have money to throw away, and so it is critical to know if our tax bill is accurate.

    Third, we are in the midst of the most severe residential real estate recession to hit this country in decades. Not since the early 1990's have home prices fallen so rapidly. This free fall has occurred in almost every major US city, from Atlanta to Washington, D.C. Fueling the downturn are massive numbers of foreclosure sales, which are taking place at a record pace in the vast majority of markets. Many experts believe the slump in housing prices will not diminish until the foreclosure rates go down, but no end is in sight. The bottom line is that many homes are worth less and less each year. Since the value of your home is the primary basis for establishing your property tax, you must rely on your assessor to not only get the trend right, but also reflect YOUR home's diminishing value in the assessment. Moreover, the property value may have dropped significantly since the home was last valued by the assessor.

  4. How difficult is this process for me to do?

    We've developed this program for the non-professional, typical homeowner. The Guide is written in plain English, using a step-by-step approach. If you are willing to spend a very reasonable amount of time educating yourself, you'll have the tools and confidence you need to help control your property taxes.

  5. Can I use this system to help another family member, elderly person, etc.?

    Absolutely. This information in this Guide is useful even if it used assist another family member or elderly relative to ensure that they are paying the proper amount of property taxes.

  6. What is the background of the author of this Home Tax Guide? What makes them an expert?

    The author is a professional, who specializes in the abatement process, having completed over 3000 property tax abatements in the last two decades. The knowledge he shares in the Guide is based on his experience and on time-tested appraisal standards and appraisal literature.

  7. Why don't more people do this?

    You'd be surprised how many people do contest their property tax assessments. In fact, each year hundreds of thousands of homeowners already do this for themselves and file for property tax abatements on their own. But, sadly, many of them go about it the wrong way. Perhaps that explains why the majority of the applicants are turned down. The National Taxpayers Union has reported that it is estimated that only one-third of those who file for an abatement are successful. But that doesn't have to be you if you take advantage of the information and ideas shared in this Guide.

  8. What kind of guarantee do you offer?

    We are so confident that you'll find the Homeowner's Guide To Property Tax Abatement so invaluable, that we offer a full, no questions asked 30 day Money Back Guarantee. If, for any reason, you find that the Guide is not what we say it is, or are dissatisfied in any way, let us know, and you'll receive a full refund (less shipping costs if applicable).