Article From Director- Martin Guenther

My name is Martin Guenther, and I am the Technical Director of Real Estate here at Property Valuation Services. I started with PVS in January 2004, and this is my 18th year. I am one of our two MAI appraisers designated through the Appraisal Institute and hold the CMI designation in property tax through the Institute for Professionals in Taxation. I hold appraisal and property tax consulting licenses in multiple states. My role at PVS is to oversee all training for new consultants and continual training for existing consultants on complex properties and issues and assist our Senior Real Estate Director, Gerhart Van Note, and Real Estate Director, Jenna Reyes, in managing the daily tasks of the department. 

In the real estate department, we are in the thick of our appeal season. Many of you have received your 2021 assessment notice and are aware of the new value indicated by the assessor on your properties. Most of the parcels we review have appeal deadlines between May and July, and this year is no different. We are seeing state-wide reassessments in Iowa and Missouri with many county-wide reassessments in Tennessee and North Carolina, along with annual reassessments in many other states, specifically Texas. To assist us in our review of your property assessments, our consultants may have already or will contact you about providing property-specific information. 

The last year has been a struggle as the world in which we knew it was upended with the current COVID-19 pandemic. The negative effects of COVID-19 are being seen in many commercial real estate properties, specifically in hospitality, retail, entertainment venues, senior living, healthcare properties and many more. Not all assessors are recognizing the impact of COVID-19 in their 2021 valuations. You can rest assured; we are reviewing the specific information related to your properties and the current market conditions to properly account for the economic impact resulting from this pandemic. We are working with assessors to indicate an appropriate value for your properties with the intent of generating property tax savings for you.

Our goals here at PVS are to work in the best interest of our clients and to become a valuable resource for you as we work as an extension of your tax department. Thank you for the opportunity to represent you and handle your property tax needs. We look forward to continuing to serve you and cultivate a relationship of trust.

Should you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me or anyone in our real estate department. We will do everything we can to assist you and answer your questions.