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Welcome to the Vermont Property Tax/Property Transfers Website
Who should use this site?
.....Vermont Property Taxpayers who may want to appeal their tax assessment.....
.....Vermont property purchasers who want to know how much to offer.....
.....Vermont property owners who want to know how much to ask.....
.....Vermont Real Estate Professionals- Realtors, Appraisers, Attorneys, etc......
This website contains the Grand List of every property in Vermont, Every property transfer in the State of Vermont, and much more. Let's start with......
HOW TO BE SURE, FOR FREE, YOUR PROPERTY ISN'T OVERTAXED DUE TO MISTAKES, OUT OF DATE INFORMATION, MARKET TRENDS, OR MARKET ERRORS
This website will help you determine if your Vermont Property Taxes are too high, too low, or just about right.
You will find information in the following pages to help you decide if you should file an assessment grievance with the Listers. If you decide an appeal is warranted, you will learn what information you need to present to the Listers as well as the steps involved to have a successful appeal.
This website has a free section as well as a paid section. In the free area is the Grand List for your town as well as information on how to conduct your own assessment appeal. This area also contains studies conducted by the Vermont Property Valuation and Review Department. These studies are performed by the State to determine at what level the Grand List is when compared to market value. These studies are very important when appealing your property assessment.
The paid section contains all the property transfers from your town. When appealing your assessment you may want to subscribe to this area, however you do not need to. This area will help you find the most recent sales data available for comparable properties. You can find the same data at the town clerk's office. The paid area of this site simply makes it easier to locate the sales data you need.
Many appraisers, real estate agents, and other real estate professionals subscribe to the paid area to obtain the most up-to-date on-line data available for property transfers in Vermont. This data includes sellers and buyers of property, addresses, sale prices & dates, deed references, type of property, etc.
If you are buying or selling VT property you will find the sales data very helpful. Simply click on the "Register Here" link in the log-in box in the upper left area of this page to access all the sales in the State of Vermont.
Why you should consider an appeal of your assessment
Homeowners need to understand that paying property tax is similar to paying State & Federal Income Tax-it is the homeowner's responsibility to be certain their property is correctly assessed to insure they are paying the lowest legal tax.
Most people do not realize-paying property tax is the same as paying Federal & State Income tax. It is your responsibility to be sure you pay the lowest tax allowed by law. You are expected to pay your fair share, but not more than that. When you file Federal and State income taxes, you use all the deductions possible to reduce your tax burden to the lowest amount legally allowed by law. If you make a mistake and pay more than necessary, and don't discover the error, you generally do not receive a refund. It is the same with your real estate taxes-if there are errors and you do not discover them, you will pay more property tax than legally required.
The real estate market has been in turmoil over the past year. Many values have plunged from their peak values of the recent past. These significant drops may leave your property over-assessed by many thousands of dollars. In addition to this, when a town does a town wide reappraisal, sale data is used from the previous three year period of time. During the past three years real estate values soared. Now they have dropped. You may well be over-assessed simply because of a market correction.
Did you know.......?
Because of the way Vermont law works, it places the listers in an adversarial position with a property owner at grievance....
The Vermont Supreme Court has ruled certain types of assessments are illegal.
Most towns use the "Cost Approach" for appraisal. This is the fastest & cheapest appraisal method, however it is also the least accurate.
You have the right to contest your property assessment to be certain your property is fairly assessed, and you are not taxed for incorrect items.
Your assessment record is a public record. You can read it, copy it, etc., as well as every other assessment record in the town. (Inventory & equipment excluded).
This website is provided to give information about how the Listers arrive at property values, the various methods of property appraisal, and a number of relevant Court decisions. It is published with the express understanding that the author is not providing any legal, accounting, or any other professional advice. If the reader requires legal or expert assistance, they should seek the services of a professional in that particular area. Every effort has been made to make this information as complete, and as accurate, as possible, and is designed to serve as a guide for the average property owner to learn how to grieve their property assessment. To that extent, this information is a guide only. Additional information may be found by the reader at various libraries. Copyright © 2007 by Richard Lagerstedt. All rights reserved. Reproduction or copying of this information is not permitted without the written consent of the author. About the Author Rich Lagerstedt is a Vermont Certified Real Estate Appraiser, and was also a Licensed Real Estate Broker with over twenty years experience. Rich served on the Planning Commission in his community during the introduction and implementation of local zoning. He was a land surveyor for approximately 10 years. He has served as a Town Lister for five different terms, holding the Chairman's position.. Rich has represented taxpayers in the tax assessment grievance process in the capacity of the appellants agent. Rich also provides property appraisals to numerous well known banks, including Northfield Savings Bank, Banknorth Mortgage Company, The Granite Bank, The Howard Bank, Community National Bank, and many nationally known lenders.