Tax Appeal Deadline Approaching

If you live in Philadelphia, you have probably already received your Proposed Notice of Valuation for 2019 from the Office of Property Assessment (OPA).  Keep in mind that this is NOT A BILL.  It’s a notice stating that the OPA believes that the value of your property has increased and that your assessment (and property taxes) will also be increased, as a result.  If you feel that your new proposed assessment value is incorrect, you do have the right to file a First Level Appeal (FLA).  The deadline for filing an FLA is May 25, 2018.

What is a First Level Appeal?  The following information was taken directly from the OPA website and describes what an FLA is and the process:

First Level Review & Appeal

The First Level Review (FLR) process has been put in place for property owners who believe the new proposed value of their property for TY19 is incorrect. Forms to request an FLR have been included in the April mailing. If you do not receive or misplace your FLR form, please contact 215-686-9200 to request a replacement form.

The FLR process is as follows:

  • Complete and submit the FLR request form—one FLR form per parcel—and include any additional information for the Office of Property Assessment (OPA) to consider, such as photos or recent appraisals, by May 25, 2018.
  • Based on the submitted information, the Evaluator may decrease, increase or keep the assessed value the same.

Commercial/Multi-Family properties that receive an assessment notice for TY19 and wish to file an FLR, must also include income and expense forms for the last two years (2016 and 2017). The forms are below:

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the review or decide to skip the FLR process altogether, you may file a Formal Appeal with the Board of Revision of Taxes (BRT). Formal appeals are due to the BRT by the first Monday in October (1, 2018).

The deadline for filing an appeal is quickly approaching!  In the next few days, I will be sharing more information on the Philly Tax Appeal Process.  Topics like:

How does the OPA Assess Property?

Do I need an Appraisal to file a FLR Appeal?

Will the OPA show me the sales that they used to assess my property?

In the meantime, if you need an appraisal or have any questions pertaining to your new Proposed Value or your appeal, please feel free to contact us at or 215.836.5500






Montgomery County Quick Stats

Now that the first quarter of 2011 is officially behind us, we will be using the next few posts to examine the current market relative to that of 2010.  Below is a chart illustrating the market stats for March 2011, in Montgomery County.



Based on these numbers, March 2011 is looking a little anemic compared to March 2010. 

Inventory levels have swelled 11.26% with a relative Inventory Accumulation of 9.6 months, which is 20.83% higher than March 2010.  Remember, it’s simple economics, higher inventory levels tend to push pricing downward.

Settled sales dropped 23.44% and the Median Sale Price also dropped off from $265,000 to $240,000.  That’s a 10.42% slide in comparison to March 2010.  The Sale Price to Open Price Ratio sank three percentage points, as well.   

Year to Date the number of settled sales had dropped 10.24%.  The YTD Median Sale price is also down 6.94% relative to the same time period in 2010.  The YTD Sale Price to Open Price Ratios are down 2.72%.

Keep in mind that Montgomery County and the Philly Region have been fortunate in terms of the housing bubble.  While we have witnessed declines and softening prices, we have not see our markets destroyed like other parts of the country.  This area has fared pretty well but that does not mean that we are out of the woods yet (and the numbers above prove it). 

For now…Buyers, enjoy the market and spend wisely.  Sellers, be prepared, be honest with yourselves and be proactive about marketing and selling your home.  People are still buying and selling homes but, only those that are priced properly.  Pricing is the key to our current market.

Data provided by TReND MLS.