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Thinking about filing your own grievance?  Just like anything else, tiling your bathroom, changing your oil, or cutting your own hair, you can certainly file your own grievance.

The problem as with anything else that you do for yourself, with little or no experience, is how good a job are you going to do?  Are you going to fill out the paperwork correctly, do you know the procedures, the deadlines, the tricks and secrets that the local officials don’t want you to know?

In addition, do you have the time and energy to deal with the process, jump through the hoops, and do it all effectively?  These are all things to consider, but once you have made your decision to go for it, the thing you will really need is a good appraisal.

When I say a good appraisal I don’t mean one that you got when you refinanced your home, bought your home, or a CMA from a local realtor.  All of these valuation tools serve their purpose, but that purpose is not a tax grievance.

When it is time to fight your property taxes you need an appraisal that demonstrates the fair market value of your home as of a specific date, known as the valuation date.  This appraisal is going to be used for all of your negotiations and the stronger it is, the more air tight, the less leaks or holes it has will make the difference between winning and losing. The difference between a $500.00 deduction and a $2,000 deduction.

So, if you are going to try and save some money by handling your own grievance do yourself a favor and don’t skimp on the appraisal.  Trust me this will be money well spent.

One of the things that has led to my outstanding success record as a Tax Grievance Specialist is my 12 year background as a Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser and NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson.  So, if you are going to go it alone on your tax grievance do yourself a big favor and start the process with an appraisal performed by someone who has handled in the neighborhood of 1,000 successful grievances in Westchester and Putnam Counties.

Also, check out my videos they cover a lot of the important issues and secrets that lead to a successful property tax reduction… Good Luck!