ADDITIONAL INFORMATION/COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What does it cost to hire Robert Peirce & Associates to handle an assessment appeal?
A: The Peirce firm handles all real estate assessment appeals on a contingent fee basis. if an appraisal is necessary, the firm hires the appraiser at the firm's expense. All cases are handled on a contingent fee basis of one-third of the property savings over three years if the assessment is reduced. In the unlikely event the assessment is not reduced, then no fee is charged. The only cost to the taxpayer is the filing fee to the Court of Common Pleas, if an appeal is necessary, and the filing fee is currently $103.00.
Q: Do I have to have a lawyer to appeal my real estate assessment?
A: No. You are allowed to file your own appeal and as the property owner, you are allowed to give an opinion of market value. Most people familiar with the assessment process have long recognized that the best results are obtained by people who retain attorneys with experience and familiarity with the Allegheny County assessment process.
Q: If I appeal my assessment, is there a chance that my assessment might actually be INCREASED instead of lowered?
A: That is possible, but in the experience our firm has handled, it is highly unlikely. We work to minimize any increase in those circumstances.
Q: Can you share with me some of the results you have obtained in the last several years?
- Robinson Township - The property owner purchased a home for $375,000 in 2009. The assessment award was $271,000.
- Sewickley - The property owner purchased a home for $1,120,000 in 2010. The assessment award was $801,000.
- Fox Chapel - The property owner purchased a home for $309,000 in 2007. The assessment award was $228,600.
- Oakmont - The property owner purchased a home for $375,000 in 2010. The assessment award was $260,000.
- City of Pittsburgh - The property owner purchased a home for $555,000 in 2004. The assessment award was $375,000.
Q: What are some of your most spectacular results over the last several years?
A. City of Pittsburgh
- Apartment Complex - Assessed at $4,865,000 and assessment lowered to $2,500,000.
- New Construction - House assessed at $9,000,000. Assessment reduced to $4,000,000.
- Country Club/Golf Course - Assessed at $6,789,000. Assessment reduced to $3,500,000.
Q: Can you guarantee that my assessment will be reduced?
A: No. We will, however, thoroughly examine your property and the surrounding properties and give you our educated, experienced opinion as to whether or not we believe we can lower the assessment. Since we are handling these cases on a contingent fee, you are assured that if we agree to accept your assessment appeal, we genuinely believe we can lower the assessment.