A blog about the East Bay real estate scene, particularly in Piedmont, CA, of interest to buyers, sellers, and residents alike.
Monday, July 16, 2012
Recently moved and can't remember if you filed the postcard for your $7,000 homeowner's exemption on your assessment? Check here, input your address, and look at the bottom of the page for the exemption status. You can contact the assessor to get a request for the exemption form--it's the one form they don't put on the website.
Recently refinanced and need to put your house back into your trust? Don't forget! Call your trust and estates attorney or contact me for a link to a title company that can help with this.
Recently moved and your home's tax record doesn't reflect all the space you know was permitted by the City? Go here, click on the bottom form, fill it out and attach a clear memo with backup (for instance, copies of the home's permit history that document the legality of the third bathroom), and then wait. Eventually, the tax record will change and you'll have a right-sized house, and an appraiser will be able to count all your home's attributes in the future.
(Our new house is from 1913. But the tax record didn't include the original lower level (original maid's bedroom with nice finishes and bath, both of which were renovated with permits in the '90s) nor the extra space from a '90s kitchen and bath expansion. Our house is now 25% bigger, according to the public record and 25% more valuable (according to sites like Zillow).)
Why should you care? Under the new appraisal regs, an appraiser often can't count your rumpus room and bath, even if it were permitted by the City, because it's not in the County's public record.
Finally have enough assets to warrant a trust? Call your trusts and estates attorney, or consider Dewey Watson, former Piedmont School Board President, at (415) 357-2087.
Wondering what else Dewey has been up to? Check out this article and buy the book here.
This blog covers issues related to real estate and your home in Piedmont, California. We cover the local market, renovation ideas (particularly those of a green nature), some gardening material, local housing/taxation/development debates, what buyers and sellers want, and national trends.
Lots of good info and insight; no cattiness.
The blog includes my e-newsletter articles dating back to 2006, and blog posts while ActiveRain.Com was my blog platform. Feel free to subscribe to the blog here (go to the top of the page), or email me (Kennedy@MaureenKennedy.net) and I'll add you to my quarterly e-newsletter list. And don't forget to forward this link to your friends and colleagues thinking about moving to town, or ready to move on to the next stage of their lives. I always have time for your referrals!
I look forward to your comments, suggestions, and new information you think Piedmonters, and those thinking about moving to town, should know.
My job is to inform, listen, analyze, market, and above all close your transaction promptly and at a price with which you are comfortable. I grew up in the Washington, DC area and graduated from Mount Holyoke College and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. After working on housing and tax issues in Virginia, Alaska, and in the halls of Congress, I managed the nation's single-family and multi-family rural housing loan programs and advised HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros on housing and urban policy as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy. I’m a licensed broker, serve on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing (based in Dallas), and have earned designations from e-Pro, EcoBroker, the National Trust's architectural program, and the NAR’s At Home with Diversity program. I'm a member of the Council of Residential Specialists, and of course the National, California and Oakland Associations of Realtors.
No other agent or broker practicing in Piedmont has such a strong professional background.