Formal Assessment Appeal Was Easy

I was expecting a dogfight heading into my formal appeal for the Allegheny County property reassessment Monday morning.

Instead, the process with my assessment hearing officer was painless and went through with barely a whimper from either one of us.

 

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Assessment appeals pay off for many Allegheny County homeowners

Nearly half of homeowner challenges saw average reduction of $20,695
 
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By Len Barcousky / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

About half of Allegheny County homeowners who challenged their new property assessments saw those property values reduced.

Those who made successful informal appeals received an average reduction of $20,695, according to statistics from the county Office of Property Assessments.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/business/legal/assessment-appeals-pay-off-for-many-647879/#ixzz24BwWcHXw

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47 percent of Allegheny County homeowners got assessment cuts after informal appeals

By Len Barcousky / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Almost half of Allegheny County homeowners who lodged informal challenges to their new property assessments won a reduction in value.

Successful informal appeals lowered residential property values by an average of $20,695, according to statistics released today by the county Office of Property Assessments.

Those numbers show that 47 percent of 59,143 residential property owners who filed informal appeals won assessment reductions.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/reassessment/47-percent-of-allegheny-county-homeowners-got-assessment-cuts-after-informal-appeals-647849/#ixzz24Bw9d1wk

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Allegheny County to mail out last informal reassessment hearing decisions

By Len Barcousky / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Allegheny County’s Office of Property Assessments next week will mail out results from the last informal reassessment hearings, a county spokeswoman said today.

Informal hearings ended June 1 and the recommendations were sent to the Office of Property Assessments. That agency completed its review of proposed changes by a July 31 deadline, county spokeswoman Amie Downs said.

The final step — approval of the remaining changes by the Board of Property Assessment Appeals and Review — took place Thursday.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/politics-local/allegheny-county-to-mail-out-last-informal-reassessment-hearing-decisions-647451/#ixzz24BvdgQCR

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Homeowners allowed to fight new assessments

Judge Wettick says city, Mount Oliver property values may be appealed
Saturday, November 05, 2011
By Len Barcousky, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Homeowners in Pittsburgh and Mount Oliver will get a chance to challenge their new real estate values through informal appeals next month.

Allegheny County Common Pleas Court Judge R. Stanton Wettick Jr. on Friday issued an order setting up a new schedule for completing the city’s portion of the county-wide reassessment that includes 38 days for those reviews. Read more

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Property assessments in Pittsburgh on track, despite setbacks

By Jeremy Boren, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Allegheny County officials told a judge today that they’re on track to complete a court-ordered property reassessment of Pittsburgh and Mt. Oliver by Dec. 10, despite setbacks last week in assessing some commercial properties in the city.

Common Pleas Senior Judge R. Stanton Wettick ordered the county’s reassessment staff in September to focus its time on Pittsburgh and Mt. Oliver so city tax collections may begin early next year. That would allow the city and Pittsburgh Public Schools to avoid being forced to borrow money to support operations. Read more . . .

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Allegheny County housing market — feast or famine

By Timothy Puko, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Last updated: 12:29 pm

When Melissa Sharrocks left Long Island, N.Y., to move to Pittsburgh in 2009, she sought an affordable place to buy a new home. The community she found happened to be among Allegheny County’s best suburban real estate investments of the past decade.

It isn’t Sewickley, Mt. Lebanon or Pine, with some of the most expensive housing stock around.

Though home values in those places are rising, it’s one of the county’s smallest, newest suburbs that outdid all the rest: Pennsbury Village.
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