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Your Johnson County Tax Appraisal

Many homeowners have contacted me regarding their Johnson County Tax Appraisal. It seems as though everyone has their own opinion but here is what you should know before making an appeal:

  • If you believe the appraised value is more than you would get if you sold your house, you should appeal.
  • If you think your property is fairly valued but your taxes are too high, you shouldn’t appeal.

Your home is valued at “fair market value.” That means the amount of money that a well informed buyer would pay and a well informed seller would accept in an open and competitive market.

I sat down with a past buyer on Saturday and went through the comps the appraiser’s office used and compared it to her specific floor plan for sold properties in the Multiple Listing Service for 2017. We both believed she had a reason to appeal her Johnson County Tax Appraisal based on the information we found.

We felt the sales that were listed on her appraisal were not the best comps that should have been compared. One was not the same floor plan and one was from 2016 when there were plenty of comparable sales in 2017.

Other helpful documentation would be a recent signed sales contract if you purchased your home in 2017, a recent appraisal, or any photographs of structural damage with bids to make repairs.

You want to show them why you think your home merits a lower value and what you think that value should be. If you live in an older home that needs updating, your home probably wouldn’t compare to recent sales.

Complaining that you think your home’s value or taxes are too high won’t help you appeal your Johnson County Tax Appraisal. Do your homework and provide them with evidence of why you think your home’s tax bill is too high.

Unfortunately, you cannot appeal your taxes because you live on a fixed income and they aren’t affordable for you.

The average appraised value for single family homes went up as follows:

Fairway 5.79%

Gardner 8.46%

Leawood 5.24%

Lenexa 7.56%

Merriam 11%

Mission 15.58%

Mission Hills 2.52%

Olathe 8.46%

Overland Park 7.8%

Prairie Village 11%

Shawnee 5.55%

The total average residential increase countywide was 7%.

If your tax appeal is successful and your paid taxes are reduced, a refund will be issued once the Treasurer receives the notice from the Johnson County Appraiser’s Office.

Let me know if you think your recent Johnson County Tax Appraisal is too high. I’ll be glad to research your home’s value. You can take a picture of your Johnson County Tax Appraisal and text it to me, call me at (913) 515-3250 or contact me here.

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