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July 22nd, 2009 12:00 PM by David W. Welch
If you live in Orange county you can sign on to the Orange county property appraiser's website www.ocpafl.org, for Seminole county you can go to www.scpafl.org, and Osceola county is www.property-appraiser.org. Check out the latest working numbers for 2009. Many of you may find the values used to tax your property are high. You can challenge this valuation, and lots of people are these days. If you purchased a home at the peak of the market, you may be able to prove a case for a much lower valuation and save money on property taxes.
This is the time to begin this process to potentially impact your 2009 tax bill before it comes out in November. The best way to start is by having an appraisal performed by a licensed appraiser. I recommend Paul Rodriguez, and you can contact him at 407-826-8331 or through his website www.APDServices.net. This is probably best if you have a fairly substantial tax bill. Paul told me of a customer of his recently facing a nearly $14,000 property tax bill who successfully argued for a much lower assessment saving nearly $6,000 in property taxes. That is not typical results, but if you think your value is overstated call Paul to see this makes sense for you.
Orlando Real Estate, David Welch Real Estate Optimist