In my last posting I was analyzing Bernie's finances, which is hard to do based on a single year of tax returns. Funny thing, but this guy who wants to make our government more transparent is very opaque when it comes to his own income - most other candidates have released two, three, four or more years of tax returns (in the case of Hillary, nearly all of them!). What is Bernie hiding?
Property tax records and deeds are a matter of public record, of course, and you can find this data online. Finding his house address online so I could spelunk the database was kind of hard. But after some sleuthing, I was able to find his home address and tax records. The Bill Maher site had a photo of Bernie's house, and this site, had a map with the house which gave a street but no address. Fortunately there is a "fantasy football" company on the same street, which gives an address number, and from that, we can find the range of house numbers.
Zillow provides a list of home prices on the street, but when I click on Bernie's house, they offer no opinion as to its value (they have no trouble doing this with my house!).
The assessors office lists the property under the name of "not available" - obviously the secret service has been at work - good job boys! It took repeated attempts at a number of sites to find his property tax data, but I was able to find it. But I am not interested in knocking on his door (God forbid, he would physically attack me as an evil 1%'er even though his income is about 5 times mine).
According to the tax records, the poor bastard bought the house in 2009 for $405,000.
|Parcel ID||029-3-008-000||Address||Owner(s)||NOT AVAILABLE
|SPAN Number||114-035-12991||Land Use||Single Family|
|Current Assessed Values|
|Total Value||$321,900||Building Value||$231,000||Land Value||$90,900||Yard Items||$0|
|Current Property Taxes|
|Total Property Taxes||$7,889.12||HS-131||Yes||Pct Business||Pct Rental|
(Tax information updated: 7/7/2015 9:30:22 AM)
|Most Recent Sales Information|
|Grade||AVERAGE PLUS||Heat Type||HOT WATER||Heat Fuel||OIL|
|Acres||0.6166||Gross Area||4,280||Finished Area||2,352|
|Building Type||COLONIAL||Year Built||1981||Units||1|
|Rooms||8||Bedrooms||4||Baths (Full/Half)||2 / 1|