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3 Easy Ways To Increase Your Commercial Property's Value

Posted by Anne Sheehan on May 24, 2017

Whether you plan to hold onto your real estate investment, sell it or lease it to tenants, you want to see a high return. Some aspects of commercial property value, such as value based on location, aren’t under your control, but there are a number of aspects you do have control over.

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Topics: Property Value

8 Commercial Real Estate Organizations You Should Consider Joining

Posted by Anne Sheehan on May 17, 2017

I recently attended my Women Presidents’ Organization meeting, where we welcomed six new members into our group. I’m always fascinated to learn about business people and their companies. We are passionate, dedicated and obsessed with our clients, employees and mission.

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4 Aspects Of Property Tax Management You Should Pay Attention To

Posted by Anne Sheehan on May 10, 2017

Property tax management is a huge responsibility, and those assigned to it usually don’t know where to start. Because the process is complex and time-consuming, many companies quite simply pay the amount due based on their property tax assessment, as they are not aware that they can appeal and/or are unfamiliar with the process.

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Topics: commercial property taxes, obsolescence, property tax management, property tax advisor, business personal property, property tax appeal

3 Facts Every CPA Should Know About Business Personal Property Tax Compliance

Posted by Anne Sheehan on May 3, 2017

In states where business personal property is taxed, remaining compliant with the jurisdiction’s business personal property tax regulations can be challenging and time consuming.

So what exactly is business personal property, and why does it matter? Business personal property includes the machinery, equipment, inventory and supplies that companies need to operate and create products for their clients. If business personal property is managed the right way, you could secure savings for your client’s business.

Explore these facts every CPA should know about business personal property tax compliance and find out how to effectively manage business personal property.

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How To Reduce Operating Costs: 4 Tips From Property Tax Experts

Posted by Anne Sheehan on Apr 26, 2017

Companies everywhere are looking for ways to trim excess spending. Cutting overhead costs is an ongoing, universal objective, regardless of the type of business you are in or the type of buildings you occupy.

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Speed Dating To The Top: 4.5 Tips For Real Estate Professionals On The Rise

Posted by Anne Sheehan on Apr 18, 2017

At 7:30 on a cold rainy morning, I entered the Cobb Energy Center in Atlanta for Women’s Mentoring Monday. For the next two hours, I would mentor a new woman every seven minutes. It was kind of like speed dating, but instead of searching for love, I spoke to women in various stages of their careers. They weren’t looking for dates, either: They wanted the opportunity to ask me questions about whatever was on their minds.

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An Entrepreneur’s Experience With Time Management

Posted by Anne Sheehan on Apr 5, 2017

I remember the first time that I saw it – smooth, black leather and the perfect size. My desire to own it was nothing short of lust. This representation of control fit perfectly into my hands. As I paid for my very first one, the sensation of calm and control was overwhelming, but empowering at the same time. I went home and unwrapped each accessory and daydreamed about how my life was about to change dramatically.

It was 1986 and I had just purchased my very first Day-Timer planner

I had just started my dream job as a real estate appraiser. Overnight, I went from doing a job that involved repetitive tasks on a checklist, to a career where my days included property inspections, research, analyzing the market value of all types of commercial properties and a host of other activities. I knew I needed something to keep me organized and moving forward, professionally and personally.

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Property Tax Assessment Appeal Deadlines Are Almost Here. Are You Ready?

Posted by Anne Sheehan on Mar 29, 2017

The deadline to appeal your property tax assessment is rapidly approaching. If you miss it, there are no second chances or opportunities for an extension.

Find out the four important steps you should take after receiving a property tax assessment, and learn some key
tactics for building a successful appeal.

1. Understand how your property was assessed

Every state has a different way of assessing property taxes. In somestates, jurisdictions simply look at the purchase price of your property and adopt that as the assessment value. Unfortunately, that doesn’t take into account the business personal property (all movable assets) or the intangible assets (such as brand value or workforce) that you may have purchased along with the real estate, and that were included in the total transaction price.

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Why Now Is A Good Time For Women In Commercial Real Estate

Posted by Anne Sheehan on Mar 22, 2017

In 1984, I was obsessed with the idea of becoming a commercial real estate appraiser.

Back then, there were no graduate programs for commercial real estate, and no female mentors. The only way to
learn the business was to talk an appraiser into mentoring me and sponsoring me for annual Appraisal Institute classes.

So I did what all new college graduates with Russian History degrees did back then – I talked to anyone who would listen to find an introduction to the industry I wanted to work in.

I landed my first job in commercial real estate when my college tutor convinced her husband, an MAI real estate appraiser, to hire me as his assistant. I made $2.50/hour, the whopping sum of $400 a month before taxes.

I didn’t care that minimum wage was $3.35/hour then, and that I would be living below the poverty line. I had just negotiated my dream job: In exchange for being Frank’s assistant, he would teach me how to appraise commercial real estate, an industry controlled by men with very high barriers to entry. Jackpot!

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Property Tax Appeal Deadlines: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You

Posted by Anne Sheehan on Mar 15, 2017

Have you recently received a property tax assessment? Most properties’ assessments are too high, causing the property owners to pay too much in taxes. In fact, many property owners look at their tax assessment and pay the bill, unaware of their option to file an appeal.

If you want to file an appeal to challenge your property taxes, you should look closely at the deadline listed on your property tax assessment. This deadline, if not adhered to, ends your appeal before you even get started.

Find out some facts about property tax appeal deadlines you may not know, and learn how partnering with a property tax expert makes it easier to meet these deadlines and craft a successful appeal.

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Topics: commercial property tax, property assessment appeal

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