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2014 - May POSTS

Appraiser or Real Estate Broker: Who Will Decide the Dispute?

30th May 2014
In the event that you're trying to sell your house, the last thing you want to deal with is a property dispute. Often, these disputes concern boundary lines or ownership details, but whatever the dispute, you’ll need the right people on your team. This can also determine the amount....
Posted in: Texas Property Tax
Keywords: property dispute Houston Texas, property tax Houston, property tax laws Texas

Is Mayor Parker Covering Up Unfair Taxation of African Americans?

30th May 2014
One of the major City of Houston unions planned a press conference for Thursday May 29th  regarding the unfair taxation for home owners, based on deep discounts for trophy properties.  However, the planned press conference was cancelled. Political insiders report that only....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Property Tax Protest, Reduce Property Tax, Property Tax Deadline

5 Reasons You May Qualify for Binding Arbitration

30th May 2014
In the state of Texas, the county Appraisal Review Board (ARB) has a lot of power when it comes to your property taxes. They are responsible for sitting before and judging hearings related to the appraisal of personal or real property. If you have a problem with the valuation of your property....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Texas Property Tax Questions, Texas Property Tax Protests, Harris County Appraisal District, binding arbitration, Reduce Property Tax Texas, commercial property texas

Ten Reasons Every Texas Home Owner Should Protest Property Taxes Annually

29th May 2014
1)      Appraisal district values are not reliable.  The average error rate for houses in Harris County is 14%. 2)      State law requires you protest to obtain the appraisal district’s evidence. 3)     ....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Protest Property Taxes, Reasons Protest Property Taxes

Harris County Appraisal District Values Off by 20% for One in Six Houses (African American Areas Hit Hardest)

28th May 2014
Harris County Appraisal District (HCAD) values are much less reliable for older homes than for homes built after 1990.  For homes built in 1990 or later, HCAD is typically within 8% of market value.  However, the error rate is 20% for homes built before 1960, 18% for homes built....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Property Tax Protest, Reduce Property Tax, Property Tax Deadline

Appraisal Roll: Can You Make Corrections?

28th May 2014
The appraisal roll is an important document as it pertains to Texas property tax law. Each county appraisal district (CAD) creates an appraisal roll every year that encompasses all the details about each property within their jurisdiction. Of course, one of the most important pieces of data....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Texas property tax law, appraisal roll corrections, Texas property tax code, property taxes Houston, property tax notice of protest

HCAD Denies Discriminating Against African Americans

27th May 2014
HCAD denies discriminating against African Americans, but offers no evidence or documentation. http://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/news/hcad-rebuts-charges-of-discrimination-in-property-tax-hikes/ O’Connor & Associates has compiled data on over 11,000 Harris County home sales....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Property Tax Protest, Reduce Property Tax, Property Tax Deadline

Don't Miss the Deadlines to Provide Evidence during a Binding Arbitration

27th May 2014
Binding arbitration is an important aspect of property appraisal and property tax law in Texas. If you own property in Harris County, Texas, then you will have to deal with the Harris County Appraisal District (CAD) and the Appraisal Review Board (ARB) in many instances. If you want to protest....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: binding arbitration, property appraisal, property tax law in Texas, property tax deadlines Houston Texas

What is the Role of the Appraisal District Board of Directors?

25th May 2014
The Appraisal District Board of Directors is in charge of managing and overseeing appeals that are made to the appraisal office. If you protest your property’s appraised amount, that appeal goes to this board of directors. They will review your case and see what can be done to either....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: ARB board of directors, protesting assesed property value, fort bend appraisal district, Reduce Property Tax Texas, Property Tax Company in Houston

The Importance of Protesting and Paying Taxes on an Omitted Property

24th May 2014
As property tax protest and appraisal season is coming to an end in Texas, you're more than likely to see a few property owners wringing their hands. Receiving your appraisal notices can be a stressful moment, especially considering that the appraisals determine how much you will owe....
Posted in: Texas Property Tax
Keywords: Texas Property Tax Code, Houston property tax, Property tax questions, Omitted property

Omitted Property: What Is the Impact of 5 Years of Back Property Taxes and Interest?

23rd May 2014
Paying property taxes is the bane of every property owner in Texas. No one likes to do it, but the state and local agencies require property tax payments on any property that you own. Most of your taxes are based on property appraisals issued from the county appraisal district (CAD). If....
Posted in: Texas Property Tax
Keywords: Harris County Appraisal District, Harris County property tax, omitted property, property tax bill, deliquent property taxes

Who Picks the Appraisal District Board of Directors?

23rd May 2014
In the state of Texas, there are a lot of things you have to understand when it comes to property taxes. If you’re in Harris County, you may feel like you need a property tax glossary to help you out. Paying your property taxes is something that no one really wants to do, but....
Posted in: Texas Property Tax
Keywords: Houston property tax glossary, Harris County Property Tax, property tax protest company Houston

African-American Areas of Houston Over-Taxed by 100%

23rd May 2014
Homes in several heavily African-American areas of Houston have average taxation error rates of 100% or higher. Harris County Appraisal District (HCAD) home values are inaccurate by 14% on average across Harris County. However, the error rate is seven times higher in several heavily African-American....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Property Tax Protest, Reduce Property Tax, Harris County Appraisal District

How Are the ARB Members Selected?

22nd May 2014
Once a protest is submitted, the Appraisal Review Board(ARB) will be the first people to review the appraisals submitted by the protesting property owners. They are the first government body to be faced by the taxpayer as their complaint is being processed. This raises the question of how....
Posted in: Texas Property Tax
Keywords: Appraisal review board, harris county tax appraisal district, property tax reduction in Houston

Harris County Appraisal District Values Less Accurate for Older Homes

22nd May 2014
Harris County Appraisal District (HCAD) values are much less reliable for older homes than for homes built after 1990.  For homes built in 1990 or later, HCAD is typically within 8% of market value.  However, the error rate is 20% for homes built before 1960, 18% for homes built....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Harris County Appraisal District, Reduce Property Tax, Property Tax Protest

Lawsuit on Discovery HCAD

22nd May 2014
This lawsuit is necessary because the Harris County Appraisal District (HCAD) is hiding information about (a) how the Chief Appraiser creates the appraised values he establishes on property tax purposes and (b) how he decides on which properties to send notices of appraised values promptly....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Property Tax Protest, Property Tax Reduce, Harris County Appraisal District

How is Your Business Personal Property Valued?

22nd May 2014
One of the most frequent Houston property tax questions is, “How is my personal business property valued?” Property tax in Houston share the same regulations as most of the other cities and states in America. Texas property taxes vary depending on the type of personal property....
Posted in: Business Personal Property Valuation
Keywords: Houston property tax questions, Texas property taxes, commercial property, business personal property

Harris County Appraisal District Ignores Public Information Requests

21st May 2014
Harris County Appraisal District has simply ignored several recent public information requests from O’Connor & Associates, including one for information regarding why they are claiming two-thirds of recent commercial sales are “invalid”.  This is strange behavior....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Property Tax Protest, Reduce Property Tax, Property Tax Deadline

Harris County Appraisal District Over-Values Many Apartments by Over 50%

21st May 2014
Harris County Appraisal District (HCAD) has over valued about 7% of apartment complexes in Harris County by 50% or more.  HCAD uses a process called mass appraisal to estimate values for all real and personal property in Harris County.  The weakness of mass appraisal is it depends....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Property Tax Protest, Property Tax Deadline, Property Tax Reduce

What Evidence Should You Present to the ARB?

20th May 2014
What does it take to Protest? According to the Texas Property Tax Code, property owners have a right to object or appeal to an action of the appraisal review board, appraisal district or chief appraiser that adversely affects or applies to the owner of the property in question. Most....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Texas Property Tax Code, appraisal review board, Texas property tax appeals, Reduce Property Taxes Houston, Harris County tax appraisal district

What to do if Your BPP Value is Grossly Under-Assessed?

20th May 2014
In most cases involving Texas property tax, an under-assessment is a great thing. With business personal property (BPP), however, there are a lot of issues that you have to take into account. In general, a gross under-assessment of your BPP introduces a few options. A tax company provides....
Posted in: Business Personal Property Valuation
Keywords: business personal property, property tax protest Houston, Harris County Appraisal district, Texas property tax, Texas property tax code explained

African-American Home Owners Denied Fair Hearing at HCAD

19th May 2014
Home owners can appeal property taxes based on either market value or unequal appraisal.  An appeal on market value is based on the value set by the appraisal district exceeding market value.  An appeal on unequal appraisal addresses whether the value is equitable compared to similar....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Tax Reduction Services Houston, Property Tax Deadline

The Steps To Filing your Property Tax Protest

16th May 2014
Protesting your property value or 'tax assessed value' is something you should consider doing on a regular basis. The method of assessment used in calculating your property's tax value is quite arbitrary and does not take into account many factors that are specific to your home. According....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Houston Property Tax Protests, Property Tax Deadlines

HCADs Valuations Violate Constitution

16th May 2014
Harris County Appraisal District operates a multi-tiered valuation system that violates the Texas Constitution.  The cornerstone of Texas’ Constitution regarding taxation is “Taxation shall be equal and uniform”.  However, Harris County Appraisal District has....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Tax Reduction Services Houston, Property Tax Deadline

5 Differences between Real Property and Business Personal Property When It Comes to Property Taxes

16th May 2014
Personal property can be defined as property that is tangible but is not true property. In the state of Texas, the general basis for differentiating between personal property and true property is whether or not it is attached to the true property. Take a refrigerator for example. A refrigerator....
Posted in: Business Personal Property Valuation
Keywords: Cost segragation Houston, Texas Property tax, business personal property in Texas

Forgot About Your Property Tax Hearing? Here is What You Can Do!

15th May 2014
Real estate owners who are seeking reductions on their property taxes may miss the scheduled hearing for one reason or another. Many times, if you know that you will not be able to attend, you can reschedule for a date that is earlier than the one that you were originally given. Technically....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Tax Reduction Services Houston, property tax protest Houston, Property Tax Deadline, Property Tax Company Houston, Federal Tax Reduction Houston, Cost Segregation Consultants

Business Personal Property: What is Taxed?

15th May 2014
For those who may be unsure of what can be claimed as business personal property in terms of Property Taxes in Harris County, it is any tangible personal property that is used for making money. This type of business personal property is meant to be taxable at the very same tax rate as any real....
Posted in: Business Personal Property Valuation
Keywords: Property Tax Harris County, real property in Texas, business personal property, Harris County Tax Assessor, Property tax deadlines, Texas Property Tax Code

Harris County Commissioners Investigate HCAD

15th May 2014
Harris County Commissioners hired Texas’ premiere appraisal expert to investigate whether Harris County Appraisal District is fairly assessing home owners and commercial properties.  Harris County Commissioners noticed a disturbing pattern of deep discounts in commercial properties....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Protest Property Taxes, County Appraisal District, Property Tax Deadlines

5 Basics of Homestead Exemptions

14th May 2014
In the most basic of terms, homestead exemption laws exist to protect someone's primary residence from being sold in order to pay off unsecured creditors. These types of laws exist in many states. They are designed in such a way that they encourage people to invest in personal real estate....
Posted in: Texas Property Tax
Keywords: Homestead exemptions Houston Texas, Property taxes, County Appraisal District, Property Tax Deadlines

4 Steps you Should Take if there is a Gross Over-assessment of your BPP

14th May 2014
When it comes to property tax law in Texas, you may feel as though you need a property tax glossary to understand everything. Even then, there are bound to be facets of the Texas property tax system that are confusing. One of those confusing facets is business personal property (BPP). If....
Posted in: Business Personal Property Valuation
Keywords: Texas property tax protests, business personnal property taxes, Texas property tax appeals, over-assessed BPP

Why Over 200,000 Homes in Houston-Area are Substantially Over-Taxed (Many Homes in Southeast Harris County taxed at over 200% of market value)

14th May 2014
Appraisal districts use a process called mass appraisal to value hundreds of thousands of houses. In Harris County, they value about 1.2 million houses each year, using a very limited staff.   Most of the property inspections mandated by state low (every three years) are now done....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Protest Property Taxes, County Appraisal District, Property Tax Deadlines

Do CADs Consider Unequal Appraisal?

13th May 2014
Just like everything else in the Lone Star State, property taxes tend to be a bit bigger in Texas. There's also a lot of confusion about how the property tax system works. While most property owners would like to avoid the nuisance of paying the taxes, there's typically no getting around....
Posted in: Texas Property Tax
Keywords: Property taxes Houston, Property tax protest, unequal appraisal, reduce property taxes

Free 2014 Property Tax Appeal for Most Over-Taxed Home Owners in Harris County

13th May 2014
Harris County Appraisal District (HCAD) has consistently over-taxed primarily African-American and other low-income areas of Harris County.  Historically, most of the home owners have seldom protested their property taxes.  Compounding the problem, many do not have a homestead....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Protest Property Taxes, Reduce Property Tax

4 Steps to Select the Right Property Tax Consultant

13th May 2014
As a property owner in Houston, there will definitely come a point when you will require the services of a property tax consultant to help you evaluate your property tax bill. According to the National Taxpayers Union, as much as 60% of properties are assessed for tax purposes at a value....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Property tax experts, Property tax company Houston, Tax Reduction Services Houston, Cost Segregation Consultants

Mass Appraisal Means Massive Errors for Property Owners in Northwest Harris County

12th May 2014
(Why over 200,000 Harris County home owners are over-taxed by more than 10% and 30,000 are over-taxed by 50%) Appraisal districts use a process called mass appraisal to value hundreds of thousands of houses. In Harris County, they value about 1.2 million houses each year, using a very limited....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Property Tax Harris County

How to Stop the Discriminatory Effect of HCADs Taxation of African-American Home Owners

9th May 2014
Home owners in primarily African-American zip codes in Harris County are seven times as likely to be over-taxed by at least 10% as home owners in primarily Anglo zip codes.  Harris County Appraisal District (HCAD) is responsible for valuing property in Harris County, the largest county....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Protest Property Taxes, Reduce Property Tax

Does the Appraisal District Board of Directors Take an Active Role During a Property Tax Protest?

9th May 2014
Property taxes in Texas are at some of the highest rates in the nation. Texas ranks third with a property tax rate of 1.81%. This means, among other things, that property tax protests in the state are a common ordeal. If you own a property in Texas and are dissatisfied with the valuation....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Property taxes in Texas, property tax protests, Houston property tax protest, property tax appeal planning

3 Steps to Take if You Did Not Receive the Hearing Notice

9th May 2014
Have you been waiting to get the hearing notice for your property tax protest and not received it until now? Unfortunately, this tends to be a common problem. The best thing to do to ensure that you get your hearing notice and to be sure that none of the oh-so-important paperwork is filled....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Property tax protest hearing notice, Houston Property Tax Protests, Property Tax Company Houston

4 Reasons Why African-American Homeowners Adversely Affected by HCADs Taxation

8th May 2014
Home owners in primarily African-American zip codes in Harris County are seven times as likely to be over-taxed by at least 10% as home owners in primarily Anglo zip codes.  Harris County Appraisal District (HCAD) is responsible for valuing property in Harris County, the largest county....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Property Tax Houston, Property Tax Consulting

3 Reasons Why Neither the CAD nor the Property Owner is Allowed to Speak to the ARB Members before a Hearing

8th May 2014
If you're in the process of establishing a hearing with the Appraisal Review Board (ARB), then you may be compiling your evidences to prove your case. Of course, the county appraisal district (CAD) is doing the exact same thing. While it's good to have all your evidences in order, there....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Harris County Appraisal District, Property tax company Houston, Property Tax questions Texas

3 Steps on How to File a Protest for Your Commercial Property Taxes

8th May 2014
In terms of filing a protest for your commercial property taxes, there are actually two ways to accomplish such task. One way has three steps and the other has only one. Here are the steps for the first way: Step 1: File a Protest The first thing that you need to do is to file a protest.....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Property taxes protest, Commercial Real Estate Appraisal Houston, Commercial Real Estate Appraisal

African-Americans Assessed Unfair Property Taxes in Houston

6th May 2014
Harris County Appraisal District’s (HCAD) assessment of property taxes has a discriminatory effect against African Americans.   This pattern has been occurring for at least five years.  Houses in primarily African-American Zip Codes are seven times more likely to be over-taxed....
Posted in: Texas Property Tax
Keywords: Property Taxes in Houston

Property Taxes: Did you miss the January 31st Deadline?

6th May 2014
Property taxes are assessed one time per year. They do not actually reflect the real value of your home because your property value fluctuates depending on different factors such as renovation or natural disasters. In other words, your home may be worth more or less this month than they were....
Posted in: Texas Property Tax
Keywords: Texas Property Tax, Property Tax Deadlines, Property tax payment dates

Property Tax: Mark Your Calendar for January 1st!

6th May 2014
Property tax in Texas has a tendency to be confusing for many of its residents. If you have ever had to pay property tax in the state, then you probably have a basic understanding of all the hoops you have to jump through and all the deadlines and dates you have to keep in mind. In Texas, January....
Posted in: Texas Property Tax Calendar
Keywords: Property Tax Deadlines, Texas property taxes, harris county appraisal district houston texas, Property Tax Reduction Houston

Settling with the County Appraisal District: online system or formal protest?

5th May 2014
In Texas, there are a lot of different ways to resolve disputes with your local county appraisal district (CAD). If you feel as if your property has been valued too highly, then you will obviously have something to say to your local CAD. These appraisals are the basis for your property taxes,....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Reduce Property Taxes Houston, Harris County Appraisal District, property tax protest Houston

The ARB Isn't Always Fair: 5 Things You Can Do after the Appraisal Review Board

5th May 2014
In Texas, dealing with property taxes and property valuations can be a major chore. The appraisal review board (ARB) in your county is supposed to be the independent arbiter of all property valuations. In some cases, the ARB gets things right. But, there are other times in which the ARB sides....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Texas Property Tax Protests, Harris County Appraisal District, Property Tax Company Houston, Property Tax Appeal Planning

What Should You Do When You Receive Your Notices of Assessed Value? - 5 Easy Steps

2nd May 2014
When you get your appraisal notice that tells you what value your home has been assessed at for the coming year, is that it? You see the appraised value and you are not sure it is quite right. Is there anything you can do? Are you stuck paying more taxes or having your home valued at less than....
Posted in: Texas Property Tax
Keywords: Houston Property Tax Protest, Notice of Assessed value, Property taxes, Texas Property Tax Appeals

What Are Your Options When You Forget to File a Property Protest by May 31?

2nd May 2014
Oops! I Missed the May 31st Deadline For My Taxes! Typically, tax appeals or property protests, are to be filed on or before May 31st. In some cases, you are able to file a late protest if there were "extenuating circumstances." Do not think that you can do this each year, but....
Posted in: Protest Property Taxes
Keywords: Texas Property Tax Appeals, Texas Property Tax Protests, Harris County Appraisal District

When Should You Expect Your Property Tax Bills?

1st May 2014
Property tax is always a touchy subject, especially in places like Texas. Although property taxes only have to be paid one time per year, there is a plethora of organizations, districts, and boards that are working on property taxes throughout the year in Texas. Tax bills for the previous....
Posted in: Texas Property Tax
Keywords: Texas property taxes, Property tax deadlines, Houston Property tax, Property Tax Bill, Property tax protest

What to Expect with Property Tax Assessment and Tax Rates in 2014

1st May 2014
Taxes are always a hot button issue with people around the nation. Of course, property taxes play a major role in the government and economy of the state of Texas. With property tax assessments being mailed out to land owners, 2014 is certainly going to bring some surprises. Appraisals from....
Posted in: Texas Property Tax
Keywords: Property tax assessment, Houston property tax rate, Texas property tax rate



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