MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Location: file:///C:/273411F3/ResidentialTaxAppeals.htm Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/html; charset="us-ascii" Did you just receive a real property tax assessment notice

I Can Help With Your Property Tax Assessment Appeals!!



  •   Is the value too high?

  •   Is the assessor right?  Or= , is the assessor too high?


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My name = is Marty Skolnik and I can help you sort out these questions.  I am a former Assessor for the Sta= te of Maryland and the former Director of Real Property T= ax for the District of Columbia.  I also hold the prestigious MAI appraisal designation from the Appraisal Institute, and I am a Licensed/Gen= eral Certified real estate appraiser in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia.  I have been valuing real property = for over thirty years and I can help you with your tax assessment appeal!!

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Although= the tax appeal system is a bit different in Maryland and in the District of Columb= ia, there are similarities that I can help you with.  In both jurisdictions, you can mee= t with the assessor assigned to your property and discuss evidence that might lead= to a reduction in your property taxes.  If this meeting is unsuccessful, you have the right to have your app= eal be heard by an impartial Appeals Board and then, if you wish, to court. 

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The most compelling evidence to assist you with your appeal is a professional apprai= sal of your property.  That is whe= re I can help…

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I offer a multi-level approach to helping you with your appeal of your tax assessment.  I offer a range of services to provide you with the support you will need to approach the asse= ssor and/or the Appeals Board with the type of evidence they are looking for. 

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My servi= ces include:


  • Preparation of an appraisal of your property

If all you want is an idea of= the value of your house, I can provide you with a basic appraisal of your property.  You might find th= at my appraisal indicates that your tax assessment is within a reasonable range= and that you have no need to further appeal your tax assessment with the assessor.  But, this apprais= al might also indicate that you have grounds to continue with your appeal. <= /p>


  • An analysis of your tax assessment

The tax assessment analysis g= oes a step farther than just a basic appraisal and that is where my years of experience with tax assessment issues come in. 

      • I review the assessor’s worksheet and/or property card to ensure that the assessment office has properly described the physical features of = your home. 
      • Where available, I a= lso obtain a copy of sales data from the assessor to check their listing of s= ales and other market data for reasonableness. 
      • I produce a separate document with my tax assessment conclusions that I attach to the appraisal for the assessor to consider.

  • Meeting with the Assessor and/or the local Appeals Board

If all you need is my apprais= al and/or the analysis of your assessment, you may submit my report(s) as pa= rt of your appeal, whether you yourself have a discussion in-person with the assessor or the Board, an appeal over the telephone, or if you just want = to submit your appeal in writing through the mail.

However, I can also attend the appeal meeting with you or in your place. Some= times the property owner cannot take the time from work to attend the hearing – I offer to attend the hearing in your = place; not as an attorney or legal representative but as the appraisal expert.  I will present my appraisal and = tax assessment report to the assessor, answer his/her questions, and report b= ack to you on the dialog.


  • Court preparation and appearance

Sometimes an appeal is not successful at either the informal discussion with the assessor or in fron= t of the Appeals Board but the property owner still has a compelling case to be made in an attempt to obtain a reduction in its property tax assessment.<= span style=3D'mso-spacerun:yes'>  I can work with you and your att= orney to provide expert appraisal testimony in court. 

The basic appraisal and tax analysis reports are the beginning point for this testimony, but the time necessary for the court preparation and appearance will vary based on property location, taxing jurisdiction, and the needs of your attorney.



Fee Schedule for Residential Properties


Appraisal Fee

Tax Assessment Analysis Report

Residences under $600,000



Residences between $600,000 and $1,000,000



Residences in excess of $1,000,000

Call for quote

Call for quote

Residential rental properties

Starting at $750; = Call for a quote

Commercial properties (i.e., office condos, free-standing commercial buildings, etc.)

Starting at $1,500; Call for a quote

Specialty properties

Call for quote


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Meeting with the Assessor

Flat fee of $150.00
(for up to a maximum of two hours)

Meeting with the Appeals Board

Flat fee of $175.00
(for up to a maximum of two hours)

Court preparation and appearance

To be discussed in consultation with your attorney=


Notes to the Fee Schedule:=

1.  The dollar amounts on which the fees are based refer to the original assessed v= alue being appealed and are based on the complexity of the appraisal and tax analysis.

2.  Meetings of more than two hours (including drive time) will be billed hourly on a pro-rated basis.


3.  Fees are due and payable at the time of the property inspection (to be arranged with the property owner).


4. Please call or email to discuss multi-family = or non-residential properties (i.e., commercial, office, industrial, retail).<= o:p>



For further information o= n my background and appraisal credentials, please visit = my website at www.realestate= -consulting.com.


Please note that I cannot guarantee a successful property tax assessment appeal. 


So, if I can be of assist= ance to you in your property tax appeal…whether you need just a basic real es= tate appraisal so that you know if the assessor’s value is reasonable, or = if you need further documentation, analysis and/or in-person expert appraisal testimony…please call me or send me an email and let’s talk abo= ut your case.



I can be contacted at:


Mar= tin A. Skolnik, MAI  (= Marty)

Skolnik Real Estate Consulti= ng Services

Phone:   443-473-2748

Email:    Marty@realestate-= consulting.com

Web:   =    www.realestate-consulting.co= m

Office:        &= nbsp;      27 Woodholme Village Court

        &= nbsp;      Baltimore, Maryland 21208




Items needed to begin:


  • Signed contract with the property owner
  • Copy of the assessment notice
  • Letter of Authorization from the property owner (jurisdiction-specific)
  • Arrange an appointment to tour the property
  • Copies of comparable sales from the area
  • Get a copy of the assessment works= heet
  • Get a listing of the assessor̵= 7;s sales


  • Figure out how to take credit card= s
  • Re-start the business name
  • Residential software