I have a refinance appraisal – Will you change my assessment to the appraiser’s value?
We will be pleased to review any professionally prepared appraisal completed within the past year.
Upon examination, it is common to find substantial appraisal errors and a wide disparity between the few comparable sales used and estimated value selected on one hand & all the other available comparable sales and the value they support on the other.

Please keep in mind that our first obligation is to make sure that similar homes have similar assessments in order to preserve basic tax fairness. Also, in the interest of fairness, we cannot adjust an assessment based solely on a private appraisal without review.

We recognize that not all appraisals are performed for the same purpose or carried out in the same way. Assessments are performed for the purpose of ensuring tax fairness while a Refinance or Mortgage appraisal is performed to reassure the lender that the loan amount is within a certain range of acceptable risk. In contrast, estimating the cost to replace a building in the case of fire is the only concern of an Insurance company.

While we find that Comparable Market Analysis prepared by Realtors often ignore fundamental appraisal principles, we will be pleased to review any professionally prepared market analysis completed within the past year.

Each of these appraisal purposes may conclude that a different value is appropriate for the same property on the same day.

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1. What does an Assessor Do?
2. What are property taxes for?
3. What do the terms on the tax bill mean?
4. What is a Revaluation?
5. What is a “valid” or Market Sale?
6. How do I know if my assessment is fair?
7. I have recently built a new home. Will cost to build my property be considered when my assessment is calculated?
8. The Estimated Fair Market Value shown on my tax bill is more than I think my house is worth, what do I do?
9. Does the location of my property influence its value?
10. If after discussing my assessment with the Assessor’s office staff I still think the assessment is not correct, what should I do?
11. What happens if you review my property after I buy it or take out a building permit; if you discover something that isn’t on your records, will my assessment increase?
12. Can my assessment change in the years between citywide revaluations?
13. Can the assessment on my property be changed even if the assessor has not been inside my property?
14. How can my assessment change when I haven't done anything to my property?
15. Will I be notified if there is a change in my assessment?
16. I just purchased my home for less (or more) than the assessed value. Will you change my assessment to match my sale price?
17. The family across the street was foreclosed on by the bank who sold their home for a lot less than the assessed value; isn't that proof my assessment should be lowered?
18. If market values do go down, doesn’t that mean our taxes should decrease along with them?
19. What if I think my assessment might not be Correct?
20. Why am I paying taxes on an assessment that's higher than my property is worth?
21. How does the assessor value property?
22. I have a refinance appraisal – Will you change my assessment to the appraiser’s value?
23. Why do assessors avoid considering foreclosure or estate sales when calculating assessments?
24. What will happen to my assessment if I improve my property?
25. Will my assessment go up if I repair my property?
26. How does my assessment affect taxes?
27. Do the market values of all properties change at the same rate and over the same time frame?
28. What happens after the Board of Review makes its decision?
29. What is the Board of Review?
30. What is the Board of Review and what evidence do I need to present during a hearing?
31. I have heard that property values have gone down dramatically all across the Country recently, how does West Allis compare?