Highly experienced with professional service, we perform accurate real estate appraisal reports that can help to reduce your property taxes.
It is likely that you are paying too much in property taxes, especially if you live in an area where property values have declined. In recent years, home values are down 25-30%. Ad valorem (real estate) taxes are based upon a past assessment of your home, so if values have declined in your area, you can appeal your assessment and save money. An appraisal from American Realty Appraisals is your best evidence when building your case.
The first step in reducing your property taxes is to see if your home is eligible for a tax appeal. If we don’t believe it is eligible, we do not want to waste your money or our time and reputation. In order for your home to be eligible, we would need to believe that the home is worth 15% less than what the Township thinks it is worth. This valuation is based on the effective date of October 1st of the previous year. As part of the first steps, we will send you a questionnaire so that we have a good idea about your home. Then we will research comparables sales that have sold within the time parameters allowed and make appropriate adjustments for differing amenities. Once we determine that your home is eligible, we can move forward with the appraisal inspection.
Based on the New Jersey tax appeal legislature Chapter 123, when you have a successful tax appeal, the savings and lowered assessment are locked in for three years. This means the township cannot bump up your assessment after a tax appeal for the following three years. Also keep in mind, the filing date for a tax appeal is January 1 to April 1.
A NJ tax appeal without a certified real estate appraiser can be a challenging task. On the other hand lowering your property taxes can be easier than you think. We work with several different attorneys who can handle all of the filing and correspondence directly with the tax assessor. It is not mandatory, however the vast majority of cases we have won have settled before a hearing date with using one of the attorneys partnered with American Realty Appraisals. Another benefit is that the attorney’s only charge if you are successful at lowering your property taxes. If a hearing is required, we will be there for expert testimony.
As the appellant, it is the burden of the homeowner to prove that your assessment is excessive, unreasonable, or in error. This is where a solid factual appraisal report can heavily persuade the assessor or board that the assessment is too high.
Evan from American Realty Appraisals came out to our home last spring to conduct a home appraisal in support of our property tax appeal. He arrived promptly at the agreed time, was very professional and conducted a thorough walk through. We were very satisfied with the results of his appraisal - they were well-researched and accurately captured the features of the home. His appraisal proved to be a crucial element in a very successful tax appeal. I would gladly recommend his services to others.
I was extremely pleased in my experience with American Realty Appraisals. Evan was very knowledgeable and was happy to answer any questions I had. His appraisal was useful in our being able to successfully appeal our taxes. It was worth every penny. He also shared some suggestions on how to shore up insulation efficiency around the house. 5 Star service. thanks!
Evan was extremely helpful in our obtaining a favorable result from our tax appeal and I highly recommend his services
If you want the Do's and Dont's. I would say DO use Evan. It was a very smooth and easy process. He worked around my schedule. His turnaround time was very impressive. Price: He was in line with the other quotes I received. And you DON'T need to worry. I will recommend him and use him again
Prepared the documents to submit for a tax appeal and accompanied me to the tax appeal hearing to present my case. I have used American Realty Appraisals twice and have won my tax appeal each time.
I was appealing my real estate taxes and American Reality did an appraisal on my home. The appraisal went well and as a result the tax appeal was successful and our real estate taxes were lowered.
I was ignoring go through Tax appeal process because I thought it was so cumbersome with very little chance of winning. In this process, I used Evan for a tax appeal. Not only we won but it was very easy and simple process between him and the lawyer. I highly recommend to use Evan, he knows what he is doing!
The tax appeal through you and Lisa Walsh was successful, and you may use me as a reference any time in the future
Evan was great. He was instrumental in helping me to appropriately lower my taxes via an accurate appraisal. I highly recommend his services to anyone in need of an appraisal in NJ.
When the interest rates dropped last year, I decided that it was a good idea to refinance my mortgage. I was recommended to American Realty Appraisals by my mortgage company. They were affordable, expedient, and ultimately put together a very comprehensive report with figures, photos, and local comps. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a professional and honest appraisal company.
Evan and his team at American Realty Appraisals are simply the best at what they do. As a mortgage banking professional, I have worked with dozens of appraisal firms over the years and I continually return to American Realty Appraisals when I can for their expert advice and service. I would highly recommend them if you are an individual looking to have your home appraised, or a banker looking to add a high quality appraisal firm to your list of approved appraisers.
Before I went to list my home, I hired Evan at American Realty Appraisals. I wanted an unbiased opinion of what my home was worth. He provided a thorough report that gave me piece of mind and a leg to stand on when it comes time to negotiate. I was also pleased with how fast he turned the report around after the inspection.
I am an attorney in Westfield and I refer all of my clients to American Realty Appraisals. I have worked closely with Evan Siegel for the past two years and I have been impressed with his professionalism, integrity and expertise as an appraiser. Relying on his appraisals, I have been able to negotiate property tax reductions for numerous clients in Union County. I highly recommend American Realty Appraisals for all of your residential real estate appraisal needs.
ARA did a great job of handling my tax appeal. The guidance was spot on and the staff, specifically, Evan Siegel, was professional and knowledgeable. The outcome was excellent and I'm saving a good amount of money on my real estate taxes. Thanks ARA!!
I used Evan for a tax appeal project. It was a seamless operation between him and the lawyer. Zero blips, and we won.
Mr. Siegel performed an appraisal for my home for tax appeal purposes. He was very professional and helped me lower my taxes by 17%. I am quite satisfied with his work.
Highly recommend. Excellent service, professional, prompt. Great result