How is Real Estate Assessed?

The Assessor's Office analyzes sales information, economic data, and other information to determine the value of property. That information is then used to develop the assessments, through mass appraisal technique, of all the unsold property in the municipality. The International Association of Assessing Officers provides a general overview of assessing in their brochure "For the Property Owner Who Wants To Know" . Laws and procedures specific to Maine are not represented in the brochure.

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1. I sold my property after April 1st and the taxes were prorated at closing. Am I responsible for the taxes?
2. When are property taxes due?
3. How is Real Estate Assessed?
4. Does the assessment have to be made on April 1, or completed by that day?
5. How do I change the mailing address for my tax bill?