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You may be paying several thousand dollars a year in property taxes. You may be paying so much because mistakes have been made in the assessment process. If you appeal your assessment to correct the mistakes and/or to lower the assessed value of your real estate you may save thousands of dollars in reduced taxes in the long run.

Tax Bureau's Job to make a reasonable effort to identify owners

In Husak v. Fayette County Tax Claim Bureau, 61 A.3d 302 (Pa Commw.) the trial court was correct in setting aside the tax sale. In this case, the Plaintiffs' property was foreclosed in February 2006; Fannie Mae purchased the property at a sheriff's sale and recorded the sheriff's deed. However, the plaintiffs', while still residing on the property, repurchased it from Fannie Mae. At the time of repurchase, Fannie Mae executed a quitclaim deed. A quit claim deed is when the grantor transfers all of his/her interest to the grantee. Any defects associated with the property, such as taxes, now become the grantee's problem. However, the Plaintiffs' never recorded the deed because the Plaintiffs' counsel wanted a notarized deed. Frannie Mae did not send a notarized deed to the Plaintiffs until March 2011, at which time the deed was promptly recorded. 

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