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Changes in Ownership

The Assessor's office reviews all recorded deeds to determine which require reappraisal under the law. The Assessor may also request additional information from the owner about a deed or other change in ownership (the owner's response is strictly confidential and not available to the public). The Assessor then determines the market value of those properties as of the date they changed ownership.

Exclusions from Appraisal
  • Husband and wife - Transfers of property between husband and wife do not cause a reappraisal. This includes transfers due to divorce or death.
  • Refinancing - Refinancing is not considered a change in ownership.
  • Parent and child or grandparent and grandchild - A principal residence and other property up to $1,000,000 assessed value may transfer without reappraisal if the transfer qualifies. An application must be filed with the Assessor's office. For more information about these exclusions, view the Parent-Child Change in Ownership Exclusions Fact Sheet or call (209) 385-7631.
  • Senior citizens and the disabled - In some situations, homeowners who are at least 55 years old or are severely and permanently disabled can avoid higher assessed values when they sell their existing home and acquire another one. The market value of the replacement home must be equal or lesser value of the home sold. There are some conditions and an application must be filed with the Assessor. Call (209) 385-7631 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm for more information.

Merced County 2222 M Street Merced, CA 9543 Ph. (209) 385-7434 Toll Free (800) 226-6452
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