Posts Tagged ‘California Property tax’

How the New Tax Reform Could Effect Real Estate

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

If you own a home or are thinking about purchasing one, you need to be aware of how the new proposed tax reforms could effect you and the effect they may have on the real estate market. Here are some of the proposed changes:

Tax Increases/Doubling of the Standard Deduction. Taxes could increase for hundreds of thousands of California homeowners, and this will hit the middle class hard. It would also put homeownership out of reach for many buyers.

Recently the National Association of Realtors stated that increasing the standard deduction and erasing others would “effectively nullify the current tax benefits of owning a home” for the majority of people. This could reduce housing demand and home values.

Elimination of State and Local Tax Deductions. These deductions make home ownership more affordable. This could include property taxes, and if implemented homeowners could see a rise of up to $3000 annually, leading to plummeting home values. Potential buyers may not be able to afford property tax increases, pushing them into lower price ranges. Homeowner equity would suffer.

If these new tax laws are implemented it will be a big hit to the housing market, with home purchases slowing  or even grinding to a halt; more importantly, we could face large foreclosures waves heading into the future, which of course could have big implications for the mortgage and banking industries.

Hopefully we will soon see some clarification regarding these proposed changes. Write your Congressional representatives and express your views on the new tax laws. Unless you exist in the 1% of the uber-wealthy you will not likely benefit from the expected changes.

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Property Tax Bills May Go Down

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Good news for California homeowners: there is a good chance your property tax bill will decrease this year.

Proposition 13, which puts a cap on the maximum amount property tax bills can be raised, is to thank; it prohibits property taxes from rising more than 2% annually. This number is based on the Consumer Price Index, which documents increases in the overall cost of living (thus the increase is not based on home value exclusively).

Notices regarding changes in value are usually sent out mid-July, so look for those to see if there is a new, lower valuation on your property. If you still feel your property value is lower you can apply with the county Assessor’s office for a request for review of valuation.

The total assessed home value in San Diego has declined by approximately 1.56%. Make sure to check your home value and see if you will get a slight break this year on property taxes.

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