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Taxes Are Up Despite Rising Number of Foreclosed and Bankruptcy Homes



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By : Scott Zahid    99 or more times read
Some areas of West Virginia are faced with increases in property taxes despite continuous declines in property values due to high levels of foreclosed and bankruptcy homes. In Kanawha County, residents were informed that their taxes will be going up. Homeowners reportedly questioned the decision, arguing that taxes should not be increased when values of homes have declined.

Foreclosure numbers in the state, including foreclosed homes in Beckley WV, might not be as high as in other U.S. states, but the region still felt the impact of the housing market crisis, particularly in the values of their homes. The announcement in Kanawha has prompted complaints from homeowners who have seen their homes lose value over the past three years or so. In addition, housing unit sales in most of the state's markets have also declined, causing further depression in the real estate sector.

According to realtors, foreclosures in West Virginia have not only depressed prices, but have also discouraged buy and sell transactions. In Greenbrier County, for example, realtors reported that around 1,300 properties were sold for at least $10,000 in 2005, but the number has dropped to 610 in 2010 in the same price range.

Realtors stated that the lack of activity and the huge supplies of foreclosed and bankruptcy homes have weighed down the prices of properties in the state. This, some residents have argued, should be enough reason not to raise property taxes. They asserted that since tax assessments are based on the appraised value of properties, if the value is down, so should the taxes.

Some market observers have explained that, in most cases, tax assessors are a year or so behind in their assessment of property values. This means that the impact of foreclosures listings on values of homes in the region today might not be reflected on property taxes until a year or two later. They also stated that values of houses are not based merely on the property itself, but also on neighboring homes.

The recent announcement of property tax increases had residents in Kanawha questioning the validity of the method of assessing property taxes in the region. They asserted that because of the huge number of foreclosed and bankruptcy homes in the community, taxes should be going down instead of up.
Original Post: http://www.mostlyforeclosures.com/blog/taxes-foreclosed-bankruptcy-homes.html on MostlyForelosures.com, your source of foreclosure listings.

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