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Spikes in Taxes, Rising Escrow Payments

Amanda Bar

This weekend I was hit with a double whammy.  First I had my vehicle issues to repair (thankfully it only came to just over $200), and then I get a statement from Bank of America advising me that my property taxes have been re-assessed and that by February 2010 my monthly escrow payment will be jumping from a little under $90 to $613!

I made calls to Bank of America, my title company (Southern Financial), as well as the Broward County property appraiser in regards to this sudden and drastic spike in price, but unfortunately I was left with no real recourse to fix this issue until later this year.  One of the main issues is that my property value was re-assessed at $172,000 (up from last year's $88,000), and in order to have that amount reduced - considering I only paid $144,000 for the property - I have to wait until August to put in a claim. 

The second issue is that I apparently owe $2,600 in addition to my increased tax payments, because during 2009 I was (unbeknownst to myself or Bank of America) paying property taxes based upon the previous year's property value (that being the $88,000 number) instead of the re-assessed value.  Once the county realized this they promptly sent a statement to Bank of America, who then promptly sent a notice to me that I owe the difference in taxes.

While this is a somewhat staggering blow for me, I am fortunate enough that I can still afford my new monthly premium...but just barely.  All of the home repairs that I was planning after my kitchen remodel will have to be put on hold indefinitely, and with these new payments it will be near impossible for me to save up any significant amount of money until I can get this problem resolved later this year.

Posted by Amanda Conwell at 05:21 PM on January 13, 2010 in Housing , Savings | Permalink | Facebook | Digg | del.icio.us | AIM


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if the county changed their valuation of your home on a different timeline u have 20 days to file a special challenge for the special or unusual assessment.


Miami -

As far as I know there is nothing I can do about it until August-September. Whatever 20-day period I had to work with is long gone at this point.

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