It was just announced that the winners of the 2011 HGTV Dream Home in Stowe Vermont have put their house up for sale . . . for a cool $3,795,000. However, this clip from the story makes you wonder if property taxes aren’t to blame:
The annual taxes on the home are $27,720, according to town appraiser Tom Vickery.
The town-appraised value of the house is $1,521,000 million; however, that’s based on 2005 selling prices and doesn’t take the furnishings and artwork into account. Vickery is working on a townwide appraisal and expects the home’s value to increase somewhat once the appraisal is completed this summer.
OK, so they are paying $27,720 in property taxes on a $1.5 million valuation. They have the house up for $3.8 million, which means the comps are indicating that the assessed value will “somewhat” increase by at least double! In that case, the property tax bill alone will be a whopping $55,440 per year. And that’s before utilities, maintenance, insurance, etc.
This is why I would advise any winner of these dream homes to take whatever cash you can and run . . . as I mentioned in my previous blog on the 2012 HGTV Dream Home in Midway, Utah.