You may obtain comparable sales information from records at the Department of Property Assessments, realtors or title companies. Select the sales of properties that are most comparable to your property/home which sold within 5 years prior to the assessment valuation date on your property. The best sales comparisons are sales of similar properties in your area or neighborhood. For each comparable sale you use, be sure to include the parcel number, property address, date of sale and the sale price. Sales within the last 5 years are permissible; however the closer the sale to the assessment date, the better the comparison. Also include comparable characteristics of the property. Comparable characteristics to consider are:
Desirable features such as a view or waterfront
Location (sales in the same subdivision or neighborhood are the best evidence)
Undesirable features such as access problems
Unit of comparison (lot size, acreage, square feet, front footage)
Water systems and sewer/septic systems.
Building, Crop, Etc.
Age and building condition
Amenities (pool, fireplace, etc.)
Number of bedrooms and bathrooms
Square footage of total finished living area
Type of construction (wood frame, brick, etc.)
Type of crop, age of fruit trees
Other Supporting Evidence to Include
A map showing the location of your property and the comparable sales