Why ask the seller? - Posted by gerald(tx)
Posted by gerald(tx) on October 26, 2003 at 23:37:12:
Why ask the seller to pursue the appeal?
In most areas, the annual assessment is usually in the spring, with a window for protests in the early summer. Your seller will have been out of the picture by that time, so the filing will be by you, as being the owner at the time protests are heard.
I have had good luck taking my bill of sale, closing statement, etc. to the informal protest hearing, showing that I actually paid less than the amount of the assessment. I also bring unflattering photos of the property’s worst features. I’ve always come away with some reduction, so the protest procedure is worth your time.