Why should I include comparable sales and how do I find them?

Sales of the subject property and/or comparable properties are the foundation of our state's market value standard. Accordingly, comparable sales typically provide the best indicators of market value [RCW 84.40.030]. This is particularly true for residential properties. The best comparables are sales located in your neighborhood, with similar land and improvement features, which sold close to the valuation date at issue (before and not after). The Assessor's website, realtors, and title companies may be resources. A typical comparison or appraisal will have three or more comparable sales.

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1. What type of appeals may be brought before the board?
2. How do I appeal?
3. When must I appeal?
4. What information is required to file an appeal?
5. What types of evidence should I provide?
6. Why should I include comparable sales and how do I find them?
7. What is meant by the valuation date?
8. What if there are no sales comparable to my property?
9. What if I don't have time to gather all the evidence by the petition deadline?
10. When will I have a hearing?
11. What can I expect at the hearing?
12. May I submit additional information at the hearing?
13. When will I receive a decision?
14. What if I am not satisfied with the Board's decision?
15. What if my taxes are due before I have a hearing or receive a decision?
16. If the board decreases the value of my property, how will that affect my taxes?