What is fair market value?
Basically, finding the market value of a property involves determining the price most people would pay for it, in its present condition. To find the fair market value of any piece of property, the assessor must first know what the properties similar to it are selling for, what it would cost to replace it, how much is needed to operate and keep it in repair, what rent it may earn, and then look at many other factors affecting its value, such as the current rate of interest charged for borrowing the money to buy or build on similar properties in the area. Sales and trends must be continually analyzed and then applied to neighborhoods. More specifically, fair market value is defined as "the most probable price in terms of money in a competitive and open market, assuming that the buyer and seller are acting prudently and knowledgeably, allowing sufficient time for the sale, and assuming that the transaction is not affected by undue pressures."

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1. How is property appraised in Bow?
2. How can I check the ownership or assessed value of a property?
3. What is fair market value?
4. How do values change from year to year?
5. How do I calculate the equalized assessment of my property?
6. What is the Equalization Ratio?