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  1. What is your fee ... ?
  2. How long does it take ... ?
  3. Can I do it myself ... ?
  4. Why should I sign up now if the Board meets in March... ?
  5. How much time will be required from me ... ?
  6. Will a reduction in my Taxable Value affect my mortgage or a refinance ... ?
  7. Will you need to enter or inspect my home ... ?
  8. What if I want to sell my property ... ?
  9. How do you determine value ... ?
  10. Tenant using drugs in the house. Is it possible to accelerate an eviction if I see my tenant, smoking weed in the house?
  11. I sent a tenant a seven day notice to quit for a 1,000.00. The seven days are up and I am ready to file suit but the tenant paid me 700.00. Can I file suit or must I send a new 7 day notice ... ? 

1.  What is your fee ... ?

Our one time flat fee is $500 for full service representation including:

  • An initial home valuation (Free of charge if the property will not qualify)
  • All paper work required by the various municipalities
  • Providing all comparable sales and the corrected sale prices after seller concessions
  • Professionally presenting your case to the Board of Review

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2.  How long does it take ... ?

The state of Michigan law requires every municipality to set Board of Review dates in March of each year. There is only a small window of opportunity to appeal at the Board of Review. Michigan law further states that it is required to petition the Board of Review prior to requesting to be heard at the Michigan tax Tribunal.

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3.  Can I do it myself ... ?

Yes, but the municipalities are taking a stance on property tax reductions that can only be described as a siege mentality. Only the most well documented and represented properties will receive appropriate reduction.

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4.  Why should I sign up now if the Board meets in March? ... ?

With the current market conditions in the Real Estate market there are many other people that we will be servicing. The time required to properly document your home will not allow us to accept last minute request, and in fact, we had to postpone several hundred applicants with viable properties last year which are now on this years list.

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5.  How much time will be required from me ... ?

After we are contracted, we will handle everything. Your only involvement will be to fill out the Retention Agreement and we will handle the rest, including valuation, processing the application and your representation at the Board of Review.

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6.  Will a reduction in my Taxable Value affect my mortgage or a refinance ... ?

No. Your property value is always predicated on the current value based on the market conditions in your specific market location.

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7.  Will you need to enter or inspect my home ... ?

Yes. We must have an appraisal to insure success. The municipalities have toughened up and at the Tax Tribunal you cannot win without a True Cash Value appraisal.

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8.  What if I want to sell my property ... ?

A reduction in your taxes will most likely help the sale and also the sale price. The home buyers of today consider the taxes on a home to compute the monthly payment, the lower the taxes the lower their monthly payment will be.

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9.  How do you determine value ... ?

We do not determine value, the market conditions in your area does. We collect the data of comparable home sales and make the corrections for concessions that do not appear on the recorded deeds. These concessions often are in the thousands of dollars and unless they are documented the Assessor will not consider them.

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10. Tenant using drugs in the house. Is it possible to accelerate an eviction if I see my tenant, smoking weed in the house ... ?

That is a direct violation of the crime free lease addendum in my leases, but what is the fastest route of eviction? I remember you said the health/hazard notice can get a fast court date, but is there anything else for a situation like this?

Yes. You file a police report and send the "Demand for Possession".

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11. I sent a tenant a seven day notice to quit for a 1,000.00. The seven days are up and I am ready to file suit but the tenant paid me 700.00. Can I file suit or must I send a new 7 day notice?

As long as the amount paid did not pay off the amount demanded. File suit for the difference.
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