What is mass appraisal?

Assessors must value all real and personal property in the community to their full and fair cash value. Mass appraisal is the process used by every Massachusetts City and Town to create the property assessments. Assessments are based on an analysis of Hingham’s entire real estate market for a specified period of time. For Fiscal Year 2022, we use a valuation date of 1/1/2021 and analyze the sales from all of 2020.This study guides the setting of valuation parameters that are used to calculate the property values town-wide. It differs from the more well-known “bank” or fee appraisal. Although the appraisal concepts are the same and the results similar, the process is different. No particular sale or group of sales is used to determine the value of your property, but all of a certain calendar year’s sales are included in the analysis that set the parameters for the next fiscal year.

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1. What is mass appraisal?
2. What does my assessment represent?
3. What do the assessors look at when determining an assessment?
4. Why did my assessed value increase (or decrease) when I did not do anything to the property?
5. Why did my assessment change a different percentage than the assessment on my neighbor’s house?
6. What is Proposition 2 ½?
7. My assessment increased more than 2.5%. Doesn’t Proposition 2 ½ limit the amount my assessment can increase?
8. What if I disagree with the assessment of my property?