Choice Is Good! Why New Methods Of Selling Homes Are A Win-Win

Jay Thompson is a former brokerage owner who spent six years working for Zillow Group. He retired in August 2018 but can’t seem to leave the real estate industry behind. His weekly Inman column publishes every Wednesday.

Disclaimer: I am a part-time consultant for Pacaso. No one there asked me to write this column or had any input as to its content.

The real estate industry is steeped in tradition. Although not necessarily a bad thing, traditions can stifle innovation if people or an industry get locked into a “this is the way it’s always been done, and the way it should always be done” mindset.

That’s not to say there has been no innovation in the real estate space. On the contrary, real estate is ever-evolving.

Technology moves at a blinding pace. Remember, the “world wide web” only started coming into prominence about 30 years ago and one could

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Methods to Lower Property Taxes

Owning a home is expensive as property taxes can be extremely burdensome. Annual property tax bills tend to rise steadily over time. Even if you pay off your mortgage, the taxes keep coming. Most homeowners do not realize that they need to pay less and do not understand how their taxes are calculated. Most households take their tax assessments at face value, and, most of the time, their property is over-assessed.

Here, we provide a few tips that you can follow to challenge your assessment and save money.

1) Understand the process

Local governments send assessment notices in the first few months of the year, although the schedules may vary. The notice provides the details of the contact you need to contact in case you disagree with the assessment. It also provides the details related to making an appeal, and a specific time frame is given during which you can … Read More