Shouldn’t the Assessed Value be half of what I paid?

No. By state law, Assessed Value is not half its purchase price but instead half of its market value. Section 211.27(6) of Michigan Complied Law states:

The purchase price paid in a transfer of property is not the presumptive true cash value of the property transferred. In determining the true cash value of transferred property, an assessing officer shall assess that property using the same valuation method used to value all other property of that same classification in the assessing jurisdiction.

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1. What does the Assessing Department do?
2. What is the difference between Assessed Value and Taxable Value?
3. How are my property taxes calculated?
4. How is my property value calculated?
5. Shouldn’t the Assessed Value be half of what I paid?
6. I recently purchased a home. Will my property taxes be the same as the prior owner’s taxes?
7. What is the Principal Residence Exemption or “Homestead” exemption?
8. Are there any other exemptions/reductions available to me?
9. What is a Property Transfer Affidavit?
10. What is the Real Property Statement that you mailed to me and why are you asking me for this information?
11. What if I am unhappy with my assessment?