A LITTLE BIT ABOUT REAL ESTATE TAXES IN SOUTH FLORIDA:
If you live in Florida and own property, you will receive a TRIM (Truth in Millage) notice in late August. This notice will give you an estimate of the real estate taxes that the property owner must pay, based on the assessment and millage rate.
The assessment is established each year by the County Property Appraiser using mass appraisal techniques and covers the over 880,000 parcels in Miami-Dade County. The millage rate is derived by dividing the funds the city and county government need to operate, the total assessed value of real estate. The real estate taxes for a property is then calculated by multiplying the assessment by the millage rate.
THE COUNTY’S BUDGET / TOTAL VALUE OF ALL PROPERTIES = MILLAGE RATE (AKA TAX RATE)
ASSESSED VALUE X MILLAGE RATE = YOUR REAL ESTATE TAXES
As a taxpayer, you are only obligated to pay your fair share and the only part of the real estate tax equation which can be appealed is the assessment. For non-homestead property, the tax year of 2008 is very important because the Florida Constitution was changed to limit the increase in the assessment from year to year to a maximum of 10%. After you receive the TRIM notice, there is usually a period of 25 days to file an appeal petition if you wish to protest the assessment. Then, sometime in the next 12-18 months there will be a hearing before a Special Magistrate to present evidence that the property is over assessed.
As a property owner, you can file your own appeal and present your arguments before the Special Magistrate. However, most property owners have found that using a professional is much more effective. With our 40 plus years of combined knowledge of South Florida real estate valuations as estate brokers, a professional appraiser, teacher and economic analysts, we are well equipped to represent property owners in the successful appeal of real estate tax assessments.
Assisting property owners in maximizing their investment returns by:
Proactively filing appeal petitions
Annual review of real estate assessments
Preparing a no-nonsense valuation analysis
Personally presenting the appeal to Special Magistrate
Reducing real estate taxes by reducing taxable values
Specialized skills to achieve results:
Knowledge of local markets – Residents of Miami for 40+ years.
Extensive use of latest technology for research
Over 20 years of Commercial Appraisal experience
Over 10 years of Property Tax Appeal experience
Owner and developer of commercial real estate
Commercial Realtor and past president of the CIASF and Miami Association of Realtors (fka RAMB)
Author of the annual CIASF Industrial Market Report and Co-Producers of the CIASF Office Market Reports
Only $20/folio to cover County filing costs ($15) and review research.
Fees are contingent on successful reductions. We don’t make any money unless you do!