Buy Alexandria Real Estate: Good News or Bad News in Your Mailbox: Depends How You Look at Your Property Tax Assessment

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Good News or Bad News in Your Mailbox: Depends How You Look at Your Property Tax Assessment

Property Tax Assessment - AlexandriaHey, what's that official looking letter in your mailbox?


It's your NOTICE OF 2009 REAL ESTATE ASSESSMENT.  In big bold type, the city or county government that sent you this notice informs you, that "THIS IS NOT YOUR TAX BILL"





If you own a home in the City of Alexandria, you just received (or will receive in the next day or so) your 2009 Real Estate Assessment.

For most people who own property in Alexandria, they'll see the assessed value of their home decrease quite a bit from last year's assessment.  My property tax assessment on my condominium went down about 11.4% from 2008's assessment. 

According to the City of Alexandria, here's some news about the current assessments:

2009 average assessed value for single family homes and condos is $476,490.

Single family home assessment in Alexandria averages $637,154 -- a decline of 3.5% from 2008

Average condominium assessment is $301,718 -- a decline of 7.6% from 2008.

There is some good news for Alexandria owners (besides the fact that your taxes may or may not go down).  The City of Alexandria reports that "[w]hile average home values in the Washington D.C. region have dropped some 15% over the past year, in Alexandria in 2009 the average home values dropped 4.7%."  That's a silver lining.  Despite losing home value and home equity, Alexandria homeowners are faring much better than some of the surrounding jurisdictions.

The new property tax rates will not be set by the City Council until April 27, 2009, but it has been proposed to increase the tax rate by 4.2 cents to 88.7 cents.

More information about Alexandria Virginia real estate assessments can be found at or by calling the Real Estate Assessments department at 703-838-4646.



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Comment balloon 3 commentsBrian Block • February 12 2009 11:11AM


Of course we all know that Property Tax assessors sometimes like to assess a property while blindfolded!

Posted by James Downing - Metro DC Houses Team REALTORS®, CRS, GRI, ABR,MRP, MilRes, When Looking to Buy or Sell - Make the Right Move (Real Living | At Home) over 9 years ago

I live in Bristow.  When will Alexandria be sending me MY good news?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

this is done so differently throughout the state and the country...

Posted by Bethany Phillips, MBA over 9 years ago