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Why The Taxes Are So Low On This Home?

Why The Taxes Are So Low On This Home?


I often get calls from potential home buyers normally looking at my Cowlitz County real estate website asking why taxes are low on specific property compared to the rest of the homes they are looking at.


The following is usually my response; there are different reasons why taxes are lower on specific property than similar properties in Cowlitz County but the most common reason is Senior Citizens or Disable Property Tax Exemptions. Here is a list of the Cowlitz County property tax relief programs.


Tax InformationExemptions

  • Senior Citizen & Disabled Persons Tax Exemptions
  • Destroyed Property
  • Home Improvement
  • Historic Property
  • Church-owned Property



  • Homeowners With Limited Income Property Tax Deferral
  • Senior Citizen & Disabled Persons Property Tax Deferral


Current Use Assessment

  • Current Use Open Space Land
  • Designated Forest Land



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Venancio Gonzalez - GRI, e-PRO Broker with Windermere Kelso/Longview, serving Longview, Kelso and surrounding Cowlitz County real estate markets. or (360) 751 4001.

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Comment balloon 3 commentsVenancio Gonzalez • March 26 2013 11:12PM


I saw a few listings in my areas with a very, very low tax listed on the listing; most of the time the taxes listed were from previous year where there were no buildings--taxes were for the and only.

Posted by Wika Hutchinson, Broker, CRIS, SFR, CDPE over 6 years ago

Very informative and helpful blog for buyers. Taxes is an important part of ones monthly expenses when considering a purchase.

Posted by Les & Sarah Oswald, Broker, Realtor and Investor (Realty One Group) over 6 years ago

Wika - that is common with new construction because it takes the county a year or two to update tax information but I don't remember any calls about low taxes on new homes, I'm assuming that because buyers compare taxes with other new homes on similar situation.


Sarah & Les - property taxes are something that can not be over looked on a buyer's monthly expenses.


Thanks for stopping by.

Posted by Venancio Gonzalez, Longview WA Real Estate Broker - 360-751-4001 (Windermere Kelso/Longview) over 6 years ago