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Should I Appeal my Assessment - Part 2 of 4

by Susan Pruden
January 23, 2018

This is a series about filing an appeal for your property tax assessment. The information is generally good for all of Prince George's County, but the data is specific for Cheverly (part 4 of this series).

From a neighbor who filed and got her worksheet:

"I got our house worksheet for the appeal, but didn't understand a bunch of the coding and numbers on it. So I called and spoke with Maureen Wilson at the Assessment Office - she is the one who actually handles all of the appeals paperwork. She spent a lot of time on the phone with me - though I'm still not sure of how some things are computed. But the most important piece of advice was to come to our appeal meeting with the sales comps on all the Cape Cod 3bd/2bth/unfinished basements built about the time our house was. She said to subtract out the flips and distressed sales. And Voila!!! I pulled up your spreadsheet and sorted it on those items, and I'm all set to go to our hearing. You saved me a bunch of time (and it seems like we should get our assessment reduced!) - Thank you , Thank you, Thank you!

  • Even if you don't want to do an appeal, you might want to get the worksheet anyway - My assessment has a 12' x 16' deck on the house, which doesn't (and never did) exist. I've been paying for that ever since we moved in 19 years ago.
  • Pay attention to the two areas where the house (Section 1) and garage (Section 11) are rated for quality. A 3 is Average, and your garage will be rated the same as the house unless you appeal. If your house is more 'original' than 'updated' or 'remodeled', then your Quality might be more of a 2 - Poor, than a 3-Average. You might consider going for a 2 rating on the house if you have water issues in the basement.
  • Measurements for both the garage and (in our case) brick trim, are supposed to be the square footage and will be listed under Size/Units.
  • The Curtilage code (Section 1) supposedly has to do with agricultural properties, and the code there should not have any impact on your assessment.
  • A Cape Cod is listed as 1.5 Story with Basement in Section 2. The basement is considered unfinished, UNLESS there is an additional entry in Section 5 called Basement Room with additional square footage."

More in this series:

 

 

A lifetime Maryland resident, Susan Pruden has the ideal foundation for selling and buying homes. After 8 years working in just about every facet of the mortgage industry, and several years with her own company specializing in marketing for real estate agents, Susan got her real estate license in 1994. Susan has earned several industry awards. The CENTURY 21 Quality Service Pinnacle Award is based on reviews from Susan's clients and is earned by a very small percentage of agents. She has earned that coveted recognition since 2012

Two others were awarded by the Prince George's Association of REALTORS®. The Distinguished Sales Associate of the Year Award is based on a mixture of community involvement, association involvement and real estate education and designations. The other, the Distinguished Service Award, is for "exceptional meritorious service."

Susan is involved in her local community. She was named Cheverly Volunteer of the Year in 2018, even having June 25th designated "Susan Pruden Day" in the Town of Cheverly. She is also a Commissioner on the Prince George's County Historic Preservation Commission and President of the Cheverly American Legion Auxiliary.

Susan Pruden has lived in Cheverly lived with her husband, Joseph, for almost 30 years.

Susan Pruden, REALTORĀ®
CENTURY 21 New Millennium
1000 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
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© 2019 Susan Pruden. All rights reserved. Each CENTURY 21 office is independently owned and operated. Listings provided by Bright MLS from various brokers who participate in IDX (Internet Data Exchange).
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