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HCAD vs Flooded Property Owners Continues…

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Attention Harris County residents that were flooded due to Harvey: Harris County just sent out a press release concerning your 2019 property taxes. In THIS article from the Houston Chronicle, Harris County…

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Do you support a 2.5% cap on property taxes?

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If you want to relocate or if you’re looking for a cheap state to live in, living down South in Texas would be a good idea. Overall, it’s cheaper than bigger states…

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Are 2019 Property Tax Increases Designed To Help Solve The Pension Fund Problem?

Cities all over the country (and the rest of the world) are grappling with pension fund problems. Every year, pension obligations increase, and city officials have to come up with ways to…

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3 Ways to Lower Your Property Tax

Taxes that you pay every year helps your community grow, as it funds your local schools and government. However, the increase may affect you greatly as homeowners are estimated to pay around…

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Appealing Property Taxes for Your Home: Preparing for the Hearing

Reviewing CDU and grade of your home Review the appraisal district’s description of grade and CDU (condition, desirability and utility) for your house. Grade is a qualitative evaluation of the construction materials…

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Appealing Property Taxes for your Home: The Hearing Process

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Appealing Property Taxes for your Home: The Hearing Process Written by Pat O’Connor, MAI Attending the hearings Even if you have properly prepared for your property tax hearing, be aware that the…

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Harris County Appraisal District Values Off by 20% for One in Six Houses

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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…

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Texas Property Tax Deadline Changes in 2018

Attention Texas Property Owners! For the first time in almost 40 years, the deadline in Texas to render personal property and to file an appeal has CHANGED with little notice to taxpayers….

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Harris County Appraisal District Values Less Accurate for Older Homes

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…

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Harris County Appraisal District Ignores Public Information Requests

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”….

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

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…

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Harris County Commissioners Investigate HCAD

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…

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How to be Prepared for A Property Tax Appeal

Many property owners have the option of appeal the increased appraised value of their property so they can try and get a lower tax bill for the year. While you might not…

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Property Tax Payment Deadline: What You Need to Know

The property tax payment deadline is a date that looms large in the lives of property owners in Texas. Missing the deadline is obviously something that you don’t want to do. The…

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Do You Have to Pay Property Tax on a Leased Vehicle?

In Texas, all property is considered taxable, unless it is exempt by state or federal law.  Does that mean you have to pay property tax on a leased vehicle? Leased Vehicles for…

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Property Tax Appraisal Basics

It’s important to have a foundation of the property tax basics before you file a property tax appeal. Property taxes are local taxes. Your local officials value your property, set your tax…

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Texas School Funding and the Competing Property Tax Relief

Texas school funding is one of the major causes of concern at the present. A state commission has already been created, which is tasked to come up with suggestions about how public…

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Property Owners To Receive Requests To Reapply For 1-D-1 (Open Space) Agricultural Use Appraisal

The Chief Appraiser of the Atascosa Central Appraisal District in Texas has announced that some property owners should expect to receive a letter requesting an update on information for their 1-D-1 (Open…

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What to Expect with Property Tax Assessment and Rates in 2019

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…

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Texas Assessments Might Be Low, but the Margin Tax Still Dominates

According to many economists, how a government imposes taxes is just as important as how much it collects.  This is true with the Margin Tax in place. Where Does Texas Rank? The…

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