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Assessor of Real Estate

Posted on: January 24, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Most homes hold onto value, smaller decline in assessments noted

The value of all properties in Hampton declined slightly – just under 1% – in 2013,
said City Assessor Brian Gordineer. While that means values still fell, it’s the best showing for property values in several years.

Home values dropped 1.8%, though a majority of the city’s residences held onto their previous
value. Foreclosures remained a factor in 12% of Hampton’s property transfers, contributing to keeping sales prices low. But there were more property transfers last year, said Gordineer, who sees
signs that the market is continuing to improve.

Both multifamily and commercial properties showed very slight gains in value. Those gains weren’t enough to offset the decline in all residential properties, which make up more than half the value of
all property in the city.

The total “land book” or property valuation for Hampton is $13.8 billion. That’s a 6.7% decline since values began to slide in fiscal year 2011, but the smallest year-to-year drop.

Hampton has seen an increase in properties that aren’t subject to taxes – either because they’re
exempt (such as churches and schools) or because they are subject to tax-relief programs. The proportion was less than a quarter of the city’s properties four years ago but has since crept up to

That’s bad news for the city’s revenues, as it means the value of taxable properties dropped 1.21%, larger than the decline of all properties. Each percentage-point drop in the valuation of taxable land
equates to about $1 million less in revenue for city and school operations.

View the annual map and the five-year residential change map.

The assessment is the value of the property on Jan. 1, 2014. It becomes the basis for fiscal year 2015, with tax bills due in December. Notices to property owners whose assessment changed will be mailed Jan. 28. Property owners can also check assessments online beginning on the 28th at

Statewide, assessor’s offices are required to assess property at 100 percent market value. The Virginia Department of Taxation audits their work after the fact by checking sales against assessments, known as the assessment-sales ratio. For the past four years, Hampton’s assessors have been within a few percentage points of 100.

APPEALS AND TAX RELIEF PROGRAMS Property owners wishing to appeal their property assessment may file a review of assessment
application (deadline to file is March 1, 2014). Forms are available online at, at the Office of the Assessor of Real Estate, or they can be requested by telephone at 757-727-8311. Property owners dissatisfied with the outcome of their appeal to the Office of the Assessor of Real Estate may file an appeal to the Board of Review, a five-member citizen board appointed by City Council. The deadline to file a Board of Review application is April
1, 2014.

The city of Hampton offers tax relief, tax freezes or tax deferrals to homeowners who are at least 65 years of age or permanently and totally disabled and who meet certain income and net worth requirements. Citizens are encouraged to contact the Commissioner of the Revenue at 757-727-6690 for more information on this program.

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