How do the Assessors determine the value of my property?

Valuation in Massachusetts is based on "full and fair cash value", or the amount a willing buyer would pay a willing seller on the open market. Determining the "full and fair cash value" involves reviewing the sales of similar properties (the market approach to value), what the property would cost today to replace (the cost approach to value), and for income-producing properties, knowledge of current economic conditions such as rental and vacancy rates, current interest rates, and the rate of return a potential purchaser can expect to receive on their investment (the income approach to value). The Assessor does not create value. Rather, he/she has the responsibility to discover and reflect the changes that are occurring in the marketplace.

In the Town of Milton, for new construction, or properties that have permit activity due to additions, pools, or any type of improvement to the property, the assessment is based upon the status of the property as of July 1st of any given year.

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1. Am I required to allow the Assessor to inspect my property?
2. How are my taxes determined?
3. How do the Assessors determine the value of my property?
4. How is property assessed?
5. How often are properties reassessed?
6. What if I disagree with the assessment of my property?
7. What is an Assessment?
8. What is full and fair cash value?
9. What remedies are available to me if the Assessor denies my abatement application and I am aggrieved by this decision?
10. Why do property values change?