When the nation was slammed by the burst of the housing bubble, South Florida wasn't able to escape the ramifications. Property values plummeted throughout the state, forcing many homeowners to seek a mortgage loan modification. This allowed them to avoid delinquent payments or foreclosure.
Florida residents looking to close on a real estate sale may be interested in a property assessment controversy unfolding in Brevard County. In Florida, real estate tax is based on assessed value, so that value plays an important part in determining the annual amount of property taxes to be paid by a homeowner. At issue in Brevard are claims made by the county Property Appraiser, the county Value Adjustment Board (VAB) and the Florida Department of Revenue (DOR). The controversy surrounds a charge of favoritism concerning the appraised value of certain residential real estate in Indialantic. The appraiser has filed a lawsuit against the VAB and the DOR, accusing the VAB of not following the law and the DOR of basically looking the other way.