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Rockingham County
Administration Center
20 E. Gay St.
Harrisonburg, VA 22802

Commissioner of Revenue - Real Estate

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1. Why is real property assessed and reassessed?
2. Why tax real property?
3. What real property is taxable?
4. When are assessments effective?
5. Who conducts the general reassessment?
6. Why must real estate be taxed at fair market value?
7. What is exactly is “market value?”
8. Why have I received a notice of assessment change?
9. Why is my assessment changing?
10. Is there a law that prevents assessments from changing more than a certain amount?
11. How can a property be assessed for more than its purchase price?
12. How can my land value increase at a faster rate than my house?
13. What is a home site and how is it valued?
14. Why is my three acre tract valued at a higher rate per acre than my neighbor who has fifty acres?
15. I live in a manufactured “mobile” home, what is the “Improvement Value” that I am taxed for?
16. How can you tax an outbuilding that has no electricity and is not livable?
17. My house is under construction and only partially complete. Why are you not waiting until it is complete to assess me?
18. Explain the differences between sales price, appraisals, and assessments.
19. If I no longer own this property, what should I do with the notice?
20. Can I obtain a copy of my real estate assessment card?
21. How will this effect my taxes?
22. If my taxes are paid through my mortgage escrow, do I have to do anything with this new assessment?
23. How is real estate tax calculated?