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Property Tax Abatement

by Linda Lawton 02/15/2019

Every industry has its specific vocabulary. Real estate is no exception. If you are new to the home-buying market, you may find yourself stumped by the abbreviations, lingo, acronyms, and unfamiliar jargon commonly used in real estate sales materials, online listings, contracts, and the like. Do not be confused. Learn the terms so you can read that paperwork with ease. Abatement is a real estate term with which you need to become familiar.

Abatement

In standard legal terms, abatement means the removal or diminishment of something. In residential real estate, this term usually refers to property tax in the form of a property tax abatement. Since property taxes become ongoing annual homeowner expenses even after you entirely pay off a mortgage, being able to access a property tax abatement is an asset. For example, if a municipality such as a city, county, state, or other property-tax entity offers you a tax reduction, it could reduce the monthly housing costs by up to five percent during the period of abatement.

Property tax abatement programs

Certain tax abatements are for one-time improvements to an existing property. These could be for upgrades such as:

- Converting non-residential buildings to residential use
- Installing environmentally friendly additions
- Renovations that increase property value

Typically, these improvements must conform to the requirements, and follow building codes and permitting processes. If you've planned to purchase a home for renovation purposes, make sure that your agent knows so that you get advice on any reductions in effect for the houses you consider.

Along with state or local abatements, there are some federal tax incentives for restoration and preservation of homes designated as historical or with public value. Other abatements may be for qualified newly constructed homes.

Some municipalities have property tax abatements that are effective for several years. Most often these are in place to attract buyers to redeveloping neighborhoods or areas that are under renewal, in the process of revitalization, or are in lower demand. The specific qualification requirements for tax abatements differ, so be sure to talk with your agent about access to potential abatements when house-hunting.

Asbestos and Lead-Paint

Other uses for the term abatement relating to real estate include some expenses associated with buying an older property or a property's repurposing from commercial to residential. For example, when purchasing a home built prior to 1978, any renovations or improvements might need to conform to lead paint abatement requirements. A potential abatement cost is for asbestos removal. Before the 1970s, asbestos featured regularly as insulation in ducts and pipes, concrete exterior siding, floor tiles, as vermiculite attic insulation, in wall or ceiling acoustical tiles. The Environmental Protection Agency oversees asbestos removal, so if you plan to make changes to a property older than the 70s, your realtor can help you navigate all the requirements of asbestos abatement and may recommend qualified professional asbestos removal contractors. Certain older homes might be eligible for asbestos or lead paint removal grants. 

Your agent can help you determine for which programs the home you are considering buying might qualify. Be sure to ask them about both tax abatements and asbestos or lead paint abatement grant programs.

About the Author

Author
Linda Lawton

     Linda Lawton has successfully led the dynamic LL Realty team to top ranks of real estate business in Northern Nevada. Assisting people in the buying and selling of homes individually since 1989, formed L L Realty Inc. in Fallon in 1992 and LL Realty Inc. – Fernley in 1999, Linda believes in the fundamental basics of business such as excellence in customer service, and offering a professional environment in which people can complete their business transactions comfortably, and with confidence.
    

     Our friendly agents have over 150 years of combined real estate experienced, and along with our support staff, we are eager to assist you. The LL Realty team makes it easy to find the right agent for you. When it comes to selling your property, LL Realty believes in aggressive advertising in order to remain in the forefront of the public eye, resulting in swift and effortless sales.
    

     It is Linda, and her team's desire to make every real estate transaction stress free. Let us do the work for you. We will meet your document deadlines and our specialized support team will make all necessary appointments, schedule inspections, and do whatever is necessary to smoothly complete the process of buying or selling your home.