Why do my property taxes go up every year?

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asked May 3 in Real Estate - Renting by Pleightno (890 points)
Why do my property taxes go up every year?

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answered May 5 by sayinghitoyou (4,080 points)
Your property taxes can go up every year as a result of recent home sales in your area or if you do improvements to your home, landscape etc.

If others are improving their homes and their home values go up then your home value may also go up which in turn increases your property taxes too.

You can protest your property taxes by having a property tax hearing with your county and it can sometimes lower your property taxes although there's no guarantee it will.

Property tax can sometimes increase after buying a house.

For example if you buy a house and you pay more for the house then the sale price of the house can increase the value of the house.

So when you get the mortgage on the house or the house goes into your name then you may pay more for property taxes.

However you may not always see an increase in property tax after buying a house but it can happen.

Even with a loan estimate from your lender, there is no guarantee that the property tax amount will stay the same over the lifetime of the loan.

You'll get a figure that includes your property tax estimates (which are usually backward-looking) but the general trend is that property taxes increase.

Real estate taxes are annual taxes a homeowner must pay on the assessed value of their house.

Every city and state municipality determines how much the real estate tax rate is by multiplying the fair market value of a home by the predetermined percentage in that municipality to arrive at the tax assessment value.

Also if you do any improvements on the home and landscape and increase the value of your home then your property tax can also increase once a tax assessor comes by.

And if you have a mortgage on your home the property taxes will be paid through your bank with the money being added to your mortgage payment.

So when you pay your mortgage each month a percentage of the mortgage payment goes for the property taxes.

Then once you get the home paid off and in your name then you will get the property tax bill in the mail and will be required to pay the property taxes.

Failure to pay the property taxes within 3 years will result in a foreclosure on your home and a public auction sale of your home.

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