Got my real estate tax assessment and it went from 3900 to about 5800 bucks and wonder if I should appeal. Has anybody appealled and got good results without a lawyer? Did anybody use a lawyer and was it worth the money? I don't think that the taxes aren't too bad considering that other properties are "proposed" to be taxed about the same, but the taxes in the houses that sold next to me were taxed at 4000 and 4500(My house and lot, slightly bigger than the ones that sold). I really don't have much to loose in appealling, but I recently bought the house from my brother and my brother's name is still on the record. Does a property get taxed more when it changes hands? I bought the property for 150,000 but is valued at a little more than 400k ( my sweat equitity paid for the rest). I still have until Sept 5 to appeal. Thanks for the advice.