I received my Annual Notice of Assessment from Fulton County today. There was a huge thud as I fell off my kitchen stool. Amazingly enough while the rest of the country sees house values plummet mine has actually skyrocketed into the stratosphere.
Yes, I think a lot of you will be pleasantly surprised when you open your assessments and find out how much Fulton County thinks your property is really worth. My little old homestead is now worth over $300,000 more than it was worth last year! Which is even more amazing as just this last week I was complaining to my husband that lately the place seems to be falling apart and everything needs repairing or replacing.
I called my neighbors. Many of the lines were busy - it seems that a lot of them have received similar good news and were passing it on. Five of my immediate neighbors have seen their properties soar over $300,000 also. One was assessed at over $600,000 more than last year. Median house prices in the US have fallen but here in Fulton County we have somehow managed to realize, in some instances, a 50% gain - this is BIG news. I am thinking of cutting the price Fulton County thinks my house is worth by say......$100,000 and offering it back to them - a good deal for all I think.
The neighbor who now has the house worth $600,000 more called the County. They were told to file an appeal. Are you kidding me? Do they have ANY idea how many appeals are about to rain down on them? This has to be a colossal mistake. Does ANYONE check this stuff before it goes out? Surely the fact that so many properties have gone up so much in value in such a short time in THIS economy must raise red flags? And if it is a mistake who is responsible for wasting all that taxpayer money preparing these assessments and mailing them out to thousands and thousands of homes. At least I hope it is a mistake if not I feel a revoution in the air.
Milton County cannot get here soon enough.