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  • How Do Texas Property Taxes Work?

    March 19th, 2022

    Paying property taxes is an integral part of owning a home in Texas. But how exactly do property taxes work? There is no state property tax in Texas, so property taxes are only...

  • How To Reduce Your Property Taxes

    March 14, 2022

    In Texas, two essential factors contribute to your property tax bill: the appraisal value of your home and the tax rates set by the local taxing units. Since you can’t...

  • What Impacts a Texas Home Appraisal?

    March 1st, 2022

    A home appraisal is an estimate of the value of a particular property. Appraisal values can impact numerous aspects of their owners’ lives and finances, including equity, the cost...

  • What Home Improvements Increase Property Taxes?

    February 18th, 2022

    Some home improvements can increase your property taxes.  It’s important to know which ones do, which ones don’t and how you can manage the difference...

  • Comprehensive Guide to the Harris County Appraisal District (HCAD)

    December 24th, 2020

    Harris County Appraisal District (HCAD) is the largest appraisal district in Texas, encompassing the Houston metropolitan area.  It’s responsible for accurately valuing $627 billion...

  • Three Things You Need to Know About Protesting

    February 15th, 2020

    Even though your taxable value hasn’t increased from last year’s taxable value your property’s position in the market isn’t the same as last year’s.

  • Why Is My Reduction Likely a "Two-fer"

    February 15th, 2020

    Two Reasons:  1.  The Property Tax Code provides that in the year following a successful protest the Chief Appraiser may not increase the market value of a homesteaded...

  • Priced Out of Your Home? You're Not Alone!

    February 15th, 2020

    Rising values are a blessing and a bane to homeowners and the problem is only getting worse in the DFW market. Yes, your equity increases with increasing...

  • Can I Get a Taxable Value Below My Recent Cost or Below Market?

    February 15th, 2020

    Yes, it happens more than you would think. Texas’ Constitution prohibits discriminatory practices in assessing taxes. For example, suppose your recently purchased property...

  • How Can We Fight the District When It Has All the Data?

    February 15th, 2020

    We have three major advantages: One is we have access to better data than the appraisal district because you know your property better than they do. Our clients tell...

  • Why Not Hide My Purchase Price?

    February 15th, 2020

    In an attempt to keep taxes low some home buyers will specify that MLS not disclose the purchase price. It's not a good idea. The appraisal district, seeing a deed...

  • Property Tax Exemptions: What Am I Missing?

    February 15th, 2020

    You qualify for the General Residential Exemption if (1) you owned the property on January 1; (2) you occupied it as your principal residence on January 1; and (3) you...

  • Property Tax Rates: A Primer and SB 2

    February 15th, 2020

    Local taxing authorities (cities, counties, hospital districts, school districts) must publish certain information and schedule public hearings before approving a tax rate...

  • Is a CMA from MLS Sufficient for an ARB Hearing?

    February 15th, 2020

    Neighborhood, Class and Effective Age are criteria that resonate with the Appraisal Review Board.  A Realtor's Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) doesn't recognize them the way the ARB does...

  • This Little Piggy Went to Market. But . .

    February 15th, 2020

    What's "Market"? That's what every ARB panel asks and the answer is subjective.  So your value is also. The classic definition, paraphrased, is that market is the price....

  • But I Live in a Tear Down!

    February 15th, 2020

    A tear down can be a double whammy against you.  Appraisal districts impute value to habitable improvements but buyers deduct for the cost of removing them...

  • Can the ARB Raise My Value?

    February 15th, 2020

    Short answer is Yes.  Longer answer is Rarely Happens. The ARB is the only authority that can raise a proposed (or "Notice") market value after it's published by the Chief Appraiser...

  • What Are My Chances of Success Protests:

    February 15th, 2020

    In recent years about 60% of the homeowners who protested their values obtained reductions.  The others include many whose values were already at or below market...

  • Three Things You Need to Know About Protesting

    February 15th, 2020

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