Schneck Law Group LLC

Over $150,000,000.00 of property taxes have been refunded by the property tax attorneys associated with Schneck Law Group LLC.

Schneck Law Group LLC exclusively represents property owners in property tax appeals and focuses on reducing real estate taxes on commercial, industrial and multi-tenant real estate. Schneck Law Group LLC has 3 property tax attorneys and a staff of trained paralegals. The firm's founder and managing member, Michael Schneck, may be reached via email at

For a free consultation about a potential property tax appeal, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Direct Dial: (973) 533-9300, ext. 1

Monday, June 16, 2008

Reassessment & Revaluation Programs

“In a state where the major burden of paying for government services falls to the property tax, New Jersey bears the unenviable distinction of having the highest property taxes in the country. Over the last five years, the average state property tax has increased 30 percent.

Since housing values have started to drop, some homeowners are balking that they are now paying too much — based on inflated property assessments made at the height of the real estate boom — and are now asking the assessor to come back for another look.”

This quote was written in yesterday’s New York Times in an article by Joseph Elliott titled “Homeowners Fight Back as Market Cools Off.”

According to the article, “property reassessments took place every 10 years on average. But with the rapid rise in real estate values in the first half of this decade, the process spun into warp speed in some hot markets. Since 2000, 272 of New Jersey’s 566 municipalities have undergone revaluations.”

However, as recognized by this article, many of these municipalities that have put in place reassessment or revaluation programs (at a cost of up to $2 million per municipality), are now facing a serious dilemma: A municipality may choose to ignore the current drop in real estate values and implement the reassessment or revaluation that was used with sales data from a year ago, or a municipality may scratch any revaluation or reassessment work that has been done thus far in order to start over in order to take into account the recent drop in real estate prices.

For the full article by Joseph Elliott with the New York Times, please click HERE.


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