It's what everyone wants to know: is their neighbor's house worth more or less than their own?
It's not hard to find out at the county's mapping site, where there's a plethora of property revaluation data to keep even the most obsessed followers of local real estate busy for days.
Here's how to navigate the county's online mapping and tax information.
How to view property information:
"¢ Go to http://maps.haywoodnc.net/gisweb/default.htm. (Or, from Haywood County's home page, click on "maps" on the left.
"¢ Search for your parcel by name, or click on "PIN" to search using the PIN number from your property notice.
"¢ Your property will be highlighted in blue. You can also see your total assessed value, acreage, and so forth.
"¢ For more complete details of the property, such as number of bedrooms, heated square feet, etc., click on "view tax card" on the lower left.
"¢ To see the value of your neighbors' property, click on "adjoiners" on the lower left. A list of neighboring parcels will appear. As you scroll over the list, the parcel on the map will be highlighted. Click "details" for the parcel you want to see info for. Click "back to search results" to get back to the list.
"¢ To see the details of any parcel, first click on the "identify" button across the top, then click on the parcel you want to see.
"¢ To move around your neighborhood, click on the symbol of the hand across the top and then use the tool to drag the map around.
How to find recent real estate sales:
"¢ To see what recent sales in your neighborhood were used as a baseline for your property revaluation, pull up your own parcel (using directions above.)
"¢ Click on "select viewable layers" (in the black bar just above the map).
"¢ In the list on the left hand side, check the boxes for "revaluation neighborhoods" and "valid sales." (Don't uncheck anything that is already checked.)
"¢ Recent sales used to determine property values in your neighborhood will be outlined in red. You may have to zoom out to see them.
"¢ To see the details of any of the parcels, first click on the "identify" button across the top, then click on the parcel you want to see.
How to find old property values:
"¢ Only the latest property values from the revaluation show up with the parcels on the map site.
"¢ To find the old values for a parcel, go to http://www.haywoodnc.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=960&Itemid=134 (Or, from Haywood County's home page, click on "taxes online" on the left side.
"¢ Type in the name of the property owner.
"¢ If the property owner owns multiple parcels, they will all come up and you will then have to select the one you want.