Article from Director – Blake Cynor

Happy new year from Property Valuation Services!

My name is Blake Cynor and I am a supervisor in the real estate departments at Property Valuation Services. I’ve been with the company since September 2017, having previously worked in financial services. I am a Kansas City native, having graduated from our local University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC – go Roos!) with an economics degree. I am a licensed Texas tax consultant and am currently pursuing my Indiana Tax License.

Consultants and managers in our real estate department perform a wide range of services for our clients, from appealing and reducing tax assessments to providing estimates on new developments and construction. However, I would be lying if I didn’t say my favorite part is appealing real estate values. I enjoy a good debate and reducing our client’s assessment and taxes. As a supervisor, I specialize in more complex medical properties, including psychiatric and behavioral health facilities and large rehabilitation centers. I enjoy learning about various building and business types, and how local and state laws impact the ad valorem taxation of each. This detailed level of knowledge in both valuation and statutes is one of the aspects that sets PVS and our services apart in the industry.

Property tax is cyclical, so as the new calendar year starts, so too does our work. We are currently reviewing commercial assessments in West Virginia, Connecticut and Ohio for potential appeals. States including Michigan, North Carolina, and Nebraska will be mailing assessment notices to taxpayers in the coming weeks. North Carolina and Tennessee are unique because they do not reassess real property annually. Depending on the county, the local assessor reappraises real estate properties every 4-8 years, so it’s imperative for property owners to review their new assessment and market factors in detail, and appeal if over market value.

Outside of debating real estate values with tax assessors across the county, I enjoy playing golf and volleyball, watching my favorite soccer teams and spending time with my dog, Harley. Did I mention the Chiefs? I grew up in Kansas City, so it’s only natural I am a diehard Chiefs fan. I look forward to what’s in store for the team over the next several weeks.