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Dick Thackston, Managing Broker of R. H. Thackston & Company REALTORS with offices in Keene, Winchester & Bellows Falls, attended the Five Star Default Servicing Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.
Thackston is one of a limited number agents invited to the exclusive conference sponsored by nationwide lenders with foreclosed properties and seriously delinquent mortgages. Thackston has been recognized within the real estate and lending industry as a local expert on default resolution in both residential and commercial loans. Thackston has participated in programs conducted by both Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac as well as various individual lenders.
Thackston is a licensed real estate broker in New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts and is a member of the National Association of Realtors and well as residential and commercial MLS in all three states.
The largest single expense for most property owners in New Hampshire – short of the roof blowing off in a Hurricane – is real estate taxes.
Typically real estate taxes are paid twice a year. Tax years in New Hampshire run from April 1 through March 31. Towns send out a first levy equal to one half the prior years tax bill in June covering the period from April 1 through September 30 and a final, or corrective levy, in the late Fall or early winter after the New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration sets individual town tax rates. Even though most towns set their budget in Town Meeting format in the early Spring, tax rates can’t be set till school districts turn in their budgets in September. The tax rate effectively becomes the total of all a towns obligations – School Budget, Town Budget, County Budget and State Property Tax divided by the towns – divided by the towns total assessments.
The process in New Hampshire is obscure to the average property owner to say the least.
Realistically, the only issue that most property owners can address is the equity of their property assessments. The New Hampshire Constitution is quite clear that taxes in New Hampshire must be equitable and fair. Equity or in-equity of property assessments is the clearest most direct method that most property owners can address tax fairness.
Representation in property tax matters is often a need due to the complexity of real estate taxation in New Hampshire. Representation is motivated by the tremendous growth in tax burdens and the complexity of the process for obtaining an abatement extremely difficult.
Dick Thackston specializes in helping property owners reducing the tax liability on their real estate through-out New Hampshire. Dick Thackston uses his knowledge of New Hampshire tax policy, individual town and New Hampshire Department of Revenue processes as well as local real estate market condition guidelines to help property owners lower their real estate taxes.
Dick Thackston will work to minimize your real estate taxes by negotiating with assessors before or after filling for a tax abatement; file appeals and represent you at hearings; during revaluations advocate for real estate property owners to minimize assessments, help real estate property owners analyze real estate property values versus market conditions.