Mar 30, 2021 - News

Average home values in Polk County rise 7.5%

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New property assessments are being mailed today and the average homeowner in Polk County can expect to see an increase in property value of about 7.5%, according to data from the Polk County Assessor obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: Assessments are one of the main factors in determining how much property tax you pay.

  • And give insight into what metro markets are the hottest.

Details: Assessments are based on current market value.

  • Areas outside city limits gained the most value, by almost 9.3%. (Assessments in Four Mile, Douglas and Union townships all grew by more than 12%.)
Data: Polk County Assessor; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: Polk County Assessor; Chart: Axios Visuals

Driving the increases: Housing demand has far outpaced supply due to more buyers than homes for sale and low interest rates.

Assessments of other types of properties:

  • Multi-residential: Up 22%
  • Warehouses: Up 35%
  • Hotels, bars and restaurants: Down 30% (A result of the pandemic that we told you about last month).

What’s next: Open your mail.

  • April 2-25: People who disagree with their assessments can request formal reviews, which can result in adjustments without going through a formal appeal.
  • April 2 -30: Appeals can be filed to the Board of Review.

The review board is in session during May but that can be extended to as late as July 15.

  • There are typically between 7,000 to 9,000 protests in reassessment years.

Of note: The assessor’s office is closed to the public because of the pandemic. Review requests and appeals must be done electronically or by mail.

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