What is fair market value?

Market value is defined as the most probable price expressed in terms of money that a property would bring if exposed for sale on the open market. The sale should be an arms-length transaction between a willing seller and a willing buyer, both of whom are knowledgeable concerning all the uses to which the property is adapted and for which it is capable of being used.

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1. Why are assessments determined annually?
2. Why does Charlottesville assess at fair market value?
3. What is fair market value?
4. How does the Assessor's Office obtain information on properties?
5. How are property values determined?
6. What if there are no recent sales on a certain street or block?
7. Why do assessments change from year to year?
8. Why are some properties assessed higher or lower than what they sell for?
9. How does a property owner appeal an assessment?
10. How is the tax rate determined?
11. Does the City offer any other programs for financial assistance?
12. What is the stormwater utility fee?