Are financial institution sales used in the sales study?

Normally, sales that involve mortgage foreclosures and sales from relocation companies (Distressed Sales) are not considered typical sales and are not used to determine the value of property in the assessment process. The State Tax Commission has allowed the use of these sales but only under strict conditions. The assessor has to be able to contact and interview the mortgage company holding the original mortgage, the seller, the buyer, and the buyers mortgage company. The assessor must also be able to perform an interior inspection to determine that the structure when sold remains in the same condition as when it was assessed.

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1. How do I contact the assessor about a property?
2. I just received a Notice of Assessment that has "This is not a bill" on it. What is it and what does this mean?
3. I recently purchased a home in Livingston County. Why isn't my assessed value half of what I paid for the property?
4. Why can't current real estate listings be used when determining the value of my home for assessment purposes?
5. Are financial institution sales used in the sales study?
6. How do I calculate an approximate amount of annual property tax dollars for a property?
7. How often is my property evaluated?
8. If I add a deck to my house is it taxable?
9. How can I appeal my assessed and/or taxable value?
10. What is the Board of Review and what does it do?
11. How can I obtain Property Tax Forms?
12. How do I qualify for a Homeowners Principal Residence Exemption (FKA Homestead Property Exemption)?
13. How can I get a copy of a subdivision plat or master agreement?
14. Do you have a survey of my property?