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Hunt is on for appraiser who promised to fight tax bills and split
December 6, 2011

When Ted Gravenhorst saw the appraised market value of his Pelican Landing home jump by about $100,000 this year, he sought help in disputing the assessment.

The 72-year-old Bonita Springs resident turned to a brochure that arrived in the mail this summer from Equitax Inc.'s Jeff Brody, of Estero, who offered to fight the appraisal for a $265 fee. The operation looked legitimate after a quick Internet search, Gravenhorst said.

"They don't guarantee anything, but when you go online and research them, they've got all kinds of testimonials and Better Business Bureau approvals," Gravenhorst said. "Obviously it's 'let the buyer beware,' and I wasn't very aware."

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