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Fort Bend Central Appraisal District

Fort Bend County Property Tax Appraisal

Fort Bend Central Appraisal District (FBCAD) property owners hire O’Connor as their consultant of choice to represent them at Fort Bend Central Appraisal District because O’Connor:

  • Aggressively uses every legal method to reduce property taxes.
  • Knows the processes and people at Fort Bend County Appraisal District.
  • Compiles sales and unequal appraisal data consistent with the format expected by Fort Bend County Appraisal District and the Fort Bend County Appraisal Review Board.
  • Represented more than 12,700 property owners at Fort Bend County Appraisal District in 2009.
  • Has represented Houston Sugarland Baytown property owners at Fort Bend County Appraisal District hearings for more than 20 years.
  • Is Texas’ tax consultant of choice, serving over 120,000 property owners to reduce their property taxes.
  • They don’t want to pay more than their fair share of property taxes.

Why choose O'Connor & Associates?

  • No flat fees. No hidden costs.
  • No fees for market value reductions for homestead.  Ask your tax consultant if they charge for market value reductions for capped values that do not reduce your property taxes.
  • If we don't lower your taxes, you owe us NOTHING! 
  • Hire us, relax and save! You do not have to attend the hearing.  We make savings taxes hassle-free.
  • We are the largest property tax protest firm in Texas!
  • We reduced Texas property taxes by $88.5 million in 2009!
  • We filed more than 170,000 protests throughout Texas in 2014!
  • To sign up to protest your residential property, simply fill out the form on the left and our staff will contact you to get any additional information we need to fight for you! 

Sugarland home and business owners hire O'Connor & Associates for property tax appeals because of our results and aggressive attitude. Our property tax consultants understand the Fort Bend Central Appraisal District (FBCAD). They also understand what information is expected to reduce Sugarland property tax assessments.  Unless you appeal annually, you will very likely pay more than your fair share of property taxes.

Our staff achieves better results than is typical for most firms. The three primary reasons for our larger tax reductions are an aggressive attitude, well-trained staff and massive customized databases accessible by proprietary software. The databases have the fields of data relevant for For Bend Appraisal District and Houston Sugarland Baytown property tax appeals. Our tax consultants are trained to attempt to reduce the assessed value of every property, every year. We attempt to reduce your property taxes for each property every year, even if the value did not change!  It’s your money; don’t pay more than your fair share.

We have the expertise and the manpower to help you lower your property taxes. Our 50+ property tax experts have over 500 years of combined tax reduction expertise. In 2014, O'Connor & Associates filed more than 170,000 protests, effectively reducing our client's assessed values by almost $3.45 billion, cutting their taxes by over $88.5 million. We will aggressively pursue every legal avenue to protest and lower your taxes:

    • Informal hearings – Fort Bend Central Appraisal District has not been receptive to information hearing for home owners for the last few years.  However, they do resolve most commercial protests informally.
    • Appraisal Review Board (ARB) hearings – our consultants have the perception that many of the FBCAD ARB members lean toward the Fort Bend Appraisal District’s suggestions, even when they have no evidence.
    • Judicial appeals – it appears judicial appeals will be more routine in Fort Bend than in the past due to the change in approach.

Unequal Appraisal

Texas law requires you to file a protest to obtain the appraisal district’s evidence for the hearing.  Even if your property is taxed for less than its market value, you could still be eligible for a property tax cut based on inequitable assessment compared to neighboring or competing properties. As the Texas leader in both administrative and judicial appeals on unequal appraisal, we have the knowledge, insight and resources to effectively appeal based upon unequal appraisal.  Unless your appeal your property taxes annually, you will very likely pay more than your fair share.

Hire O'Connor & Associates to appeal Fort Bend Central Appraisal District (FBCAD) property taxes. You pay NOTHING unless we save you money! There are NO FLAT FEES or UPFRONT COSTS! We are motivated by an excellent alignment of interest to reduce your property taxes. May 31 is the deadline to protest most accounts. If you filed your own protest in Fort Bend County, O'Connor & Associates can still represent you at your hearing.

Call Toll Free: 1-877-4-TAXCUT or e-mail our property tax department.

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Property Tax Myths

  • I protested my property taxes last year and was successful. Does it make sense to consider appealing again this year?

    Yes, property taxes should be appealed on an annual basis to ensure properties are not either excessively valued or unequally valued. Prior to the appraisal review board hearing, the appraisal district must provide evidence regarding its basis for valuing the property. In many cases, the appraisal districts evidence supports a reduction based on either market value or unequal appraisal.  The property tax protest is arbitrary.  In some years the reduction is more than would be expected and in other years it is less than expected.   Protest annually to keep your FBCAD property taxes at the lowest legal level.
  • Does the value of my house decrease if I appeal my property taxes?

No, the assessed value and market value are independent of each other.  FBCAD uses mass appraisal to value property. They are not within 10% of market value more than half the time. You can also confirm this with your Realtor.

  • It doesn't make sense to appeal my property taxes if my property is assessed for less than market value.

Not true. Texas law requires you to protest your property taxes to obtain the appraisal district’s evidence for the hearing.  If they use an honest method for calculating unequal appraisal, it will support a reduction in half the cases.  Using unequal appraisal, our property tax consultants can probably reduce your property taxes even if your assessed value is below market value. Unequal appraisal is also an option if commercial properties are assessed at a lower level than residential properties.  Unequal appraisal compares the assessed value of your property to the assessed value of similar properties. O'Connor & Associates is the market leader in developing and presenting unequal appraisal appeals. Our property tax consultants use proprietary computer programs, banks of server computers and massive databases to search for assessment comparables which document a lower assessed value for your property. Many, if not most, property tax appeals focus on unequal appraisal instead of market value.

  • Does protesting my assessed value reduce the amount I can borrow?

No, loans are typically based upon the market value of your home and your credit.  The mass appraisal system used to guesstimate value is not reliable.

  • Since the assessed value/taxable value is less than market value, it is not worth protesting, right?

No. We appeal both market value and unequal appraisal.  You must file a protest to obtain the appraisal district’s evidence for the hearing.  It they are calculating their evidence honestly, it will support a reduction in half the cases.

  • Do I have to attend the hearing?

No. O'Connor & Associates staff will file the protest and attend the hearing on your behalf.  Just call, relax and save.  We take the stress, hassle and aggravation out of property tax appeals.

  • How can I help?

Send pictures of any problems at your property or offensive adjacent properties.  Pictures are very effective in property tax appeals.  Also provide any bids to cure deferred maintenance.  Complete the property condition form with the size of your home and lot and information regarding problems with the house.

  • Isn't it risky to appeal? What is the downside?

It is risky not to appeal, since this almost guarantees you will pay more than your fair share of property taxes.  It is necessary to protest annually to keep your property taxes at the lowest legal level.  The value cannot be increased at the informal hearing, where most accounts are settled. The assessed value rarely increases at the ARB.

  • The appraisal district will retaliate if I protest.

No. We filed over 170,000 appeals in 2014.   Fort Bend Central Appraisal District (FBCAD) is extremely busy during the property tax appeal season.  Handling the protests is a mammoth task.  Even if they wanted to, they do not have the resources to retaliate.

  • Will the appraisal district inspect my house?

Fort Bend Central Appraisal District typically only measures properties while they are under construction.  They have not measure property built prior to 1980.  They are too busy with property tax appeals to go look at houses.  Unless you tell the appraisal district that your house is smaller than they indicate, they are very unlikely to measure it.

  • I don't have time to appeal!

Just call O'Connor & Associates, and then relax and save. After a three-minute phone call, 877-4-TAX CUT, our property tax consultants and support staff will handle your appeal.  Call, relax and save; we are here to make sure you pay no more than your fair share of property taxes. 

Already Proactively Working On Your Behalf

O'Connor & Associates President, Patrick O'Connor, is reaching out to your Houston-area city officials to make sure they are aware of the injustices that occur in appraisal review board hearings. You deserve a fair hearing. So, we are taking steps to progress fair and equal changes in your favor.

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2200 North Loop West, Suite 200
Houston, TX 77018
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(t) 713.686.9955 / 1.800.856.REAL
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For property tax questions e-mail the Property Tax Department.
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