Why do some assessments increase more than others after a revaluation?

Some common reasons are:

  • Changes to the property data due to additions, updates, or damage due to fire or other disaster. Field reviews of property triggered by building permits, sales, or cyclical inspection can result in changes being made to the record.
  • Parcels with acreage for potential additional lots increase more than the average when land prices increase.
  • Sales indicate certain neighborhoods or housing styles have had a significant change of desirability

If you have concerns about the change in your assessment, you should contact the Assessor to discuss reasons for the change by calling 978-264-1720 or by emailing the Assessor.

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1. What is the Valuation Criteria?
2. What changes are made each year?
3. Why do different property assessments go up (or down) in different proportions?
4. When my neighbors house sells, will their price determine my assessment?
5. How will this new valuation affect my tax bill?
6. How can I get more information?
7. Why are the tax amounts on my bill different from what I paid last quarter?
8. My property value appears to be a little high, but I'm not sure if I'm over assessed. What should I do?
9. How do I file for abatement?
10. If I file an abatement request, do I have to attend a hearing with the Assessor?
11. What is a revaluation, and when does one occur?
12. Why do some assessments increase more than others after a revaluation?
13. If assessed values rise, do taxes have to rise?
14. Does the assessor need to inspect my house?
15. How do I file for homestead declaration?
16. How do I obtain property record cards online?