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Home Values & Property Tax Tips

Over the last two years, Houstonians have experienced significant growth in their home values with average prices up 20-30% in some areas. While this is good news for many, it does not come without its downside. The associated growth in property tax assessments has caused some property owners to consider selling their homes, downsizing, or relocating to areas with lower property tax rates.

Towards the end of 2015, we’ve seen the first indicators that the explosive growth may be coming to an end. Last month was the biggest drop in home sales since 2011, with home sales down 10%. However, despite the drop in sales, prices have remained strong due to relatively low inventory.  Many people will be waiting in anticipation to see how the latest market activity will impact the 2016 property tax assessments this coming April.

As we near the January 1st property tax valuation date, we have 3 tips for homeowners seeking to reduce property taxes in the upcoming year.

  1. Take Photos near the January 1 valuation date. If there are major problems with your home that aren’t accounted for in the tax roll, take photos to document these issues around the January 1 valuation date. Photos can help prove and support your argument for a lower condition rating at your hearing with the Appraisal District.
  2. Keep Receipts for repairs completed after the valuation date.  Every year properties are assessed as of January 1st, therefore, any enhancements, repairs, or additions made to your property after this date are not taxable until the following year.  Receipts for items such as a new air conditioner, new roof, or foundation repairs which are dated after January 1st are useful because they prove the property was in need of repairs at the date of valuation.
  3. Mark your Calendar.  Countless property owners come to us after the protest deadline and we can’t help them because it’s too late.  Be sure you don’t miss the opportunity to challenge your assessment by marking the May 31 property tax protest deadline on your Calendar.
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2015 Property Tax Appraisal Protests in Harris County (HCAD)

HCAD has increased the property tax assessments of Houston area property owners again in 2015.

Hundreds of thousands of Harris County homeowners will receive their Notice of Appraised Value in the mail.  Many Houstonians may be surprised to see their property valuations increasing substantially for the second year in a row.  It’s important to file a property tax protest if you disagree with the appraisal district’s appraisal.

Visit the following link to learn our Top 5 Property Tax Protest Tips.

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Appeal Property Tax in Texas – Protest deadline May 31

April and May are important months for homeowners seeking to minimize their taxes by filing a property tax appeal.

  • The appraisal district values will be completely released throughout the month of April.
  • Property tax protests must be submitted by May 31.

Find out if you have a case for lower property taxes by checking your 2014 assessed value using our Assessment Evaluator.

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Contesting property tax appraisals in Harris County

Most of the Harris county values are available, however some are still pending. For this reason, our system is loaded with 2013 values until all the 2014 values are released.

Find out if you’re over-paying and we’ll automatically analyze your property and email the results straight to your inbox. This helps you find out if it’s worth contesting your property tax appraisal, and how much you could potentially save.

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Appeal HCAD Property Tax Value

Over the next couple weeks, Houston-area taxpayers will receive their 2014 Notices of Appraised Value in the mail.

For most homeowners, HCAD’s 2014 appraised values will increase their property tax liability by 10% over 2013.  Last year, about 30% of all Houston single-family residential properties’ assessments rose, with higher valued homes experiencing steeper increases.

The trend continues for 2014, only this year roughly 80% of taxpayers will be cutting a bigger check to pay their property taxes.  Homes above $500,000 have been hit particularly hard beginning in 2013, with many now facing two consecutive years of significant increases in their tax assessments.

As a homeowner, it’s important that you don’t blindly accept an increase in your assessed value, because often the prior year’s assessment is the baseline for the next year’s increase.  If there is strong evidence that contradicts the appraisal district’s opinion of value, you stand a good chance of reducing your tax burden by filing a property tax protest. Savvy homeowners know this, and participate in the protest process to minimize the cost of owning their home and save significant dollars year-over-year.

For example, consider a home assessed at $500,000 in 2012 that experienced a 10% increase in 2013, followed by another 10% increase in 2014. As a result of these increases, the owner of this home will end up paying nearly $4000 more in taxes. Assuming a standard 2.5% tax rate, the tax liability in 2012 would be $12,500.  In 2013, the taxes would increase to $13,750; and in 2014 the property taxes would cost $15,125!  Many homeowners who don’t file a protest may soon find themselves in a similar situation when the expected 2014 increases are issued.  Time will tell what impact these increasing property taxes (coupled with rising interest rates) will have on the Houston housing market.

Each year when you receive your tax appraisal notice, you should start by checking the appraisal district’s valuation to see if the comparable property assessments and market sales data really supports their value.  Our assessment evaluator searches your neighborhood and analyzes every similar property’s assessment and recent sale prices and tells you if appealing your property tax assessment is likely to save you money.  Performing this analysis is an easy and effective way to ensure you don’t overpay, can save you time, and ultimately lock in savings for years to come.

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Galveston County Property Tax Protest

Galveston Central Appraisal District’s online property tax protest platform allows homeowners to file and settle their property tax protest online.

The system is attractive to homeowners, since many people lack the time to appear in-person for both the informal & formal property tax hearings.

  • The online hearing acts as a replacement to the standard Informal hearing.
  • Homeowners who opt to use the Online Protest platform preserve their right to attend the Formal hearing in-person at the appraisal district.

Find out more about Galveston county property tax protesting at the links below:

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Protest Montgomery County Property Tax in minutes

Montgomery Central Appraisal District’s online property tax protest platform allows homeowners to file and settle their property tax protest online.

The system is attractive to homeowners, since many people lack the time to appear in-person for both the informal & formal property tax hearings.

  • The online hearing acts as a replacement to the standard Informal hearing.
  • Homeowners who opt to use the Online Protest platform preserve their right to attend the Formal hearing in-person at the appraisal district.

Find out more about Montgomery county property tax protesting at the links below:

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Protesting Property Tax in Fort Bend County – FBCAD

Fort Bend Central Appraisal District’s online property tax protest platform allows homeowners to file and settle their property tax protest online.

The system is attractive to homeowners, since many lack the time to appear in-person for both the informal & formal property tax hearings.

  • The online hearing acts as a replacement to the standard Informal hearing.
  • Homeowners who opt to use the Online Protest platform preserve their right to attend the Formal hearing in-person at the appraisal district.

Find out more about Fort Bend County property tax protesting at the links below:

 

 

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Considering HCAD’s iFile & iSettle system?

HCAD iFile and iSettle are Harris County Appraisal District’s online property tax protest platforms. iFile is used to file your protest and iSettle is used to settle your protest.

Many homeowners lack the time to appear in-person for both the informal & formal property tax hearings. HCAD’s iFile and iSettle provide a more convenient option for homeowners by replacing the standard Informal face-to-face hearing, while still preserving your right to attend the formal hearing.  Learn more about protesting property tax online at the links below:

HCAD iFile & iSettle information
www.hcad.org/ifile –
File your protest online

www.hcad.org/isettle –
Settle your protest online

owners.hcad.org –
View Completed iFile Protest
View iSettle Result
View HCAD Hearing Evidence
View Appraisal Notice
View Scheduling Notice
View ARB Release Order

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Protest HCAD Property Value Increases

HCAD property values are increasing. Below are the 2014 market trends prepared by Harris County Appraisal District:

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