Typical Fort Bend County homes are over-valued by over 8%. The Houston Association of Realtors® reports home values are up 1.6% from Jan 2022 to Jan 2023. However, Fort Bend property tax assessments have increased by 16.8%
A typical home is worth $370,442 but taxes are assessed at $402,442. This leaves a gap of $32,402 of phantom taxation. Fort Bend County homeowners will pay an additional $875 in 2023 property taxes based on over assessment, before considering tax protests and homestead exemptions.
2023 is an epic year for material over-assessment by appraisal districts across the state. O’Connor will be reporting on more as data is available. But early indications are that the vast majority of appraisal districts have substantially over-valued houses.
Fort Bend County homeowners with property valued at $1.5M and higher saw the most substantial change in assessment, with an increase of 24.8%
This is consistent with the increase in assessment when broken down by living area size, with a jump of 23.2% in assessments for homes over 8,000 square feet.
Single-family homes built in 2001 or later increased in assessment by 18.8% and homes built before 1960 increased by over 16%.
In Fort Bend County, well over three quarters of all residential properties are assessed above market value.
Fort Bend commercial property assessments are also showing significant increases. Overall commercial increases are around 31% when according to the Green Street Commercial Property Price Index, published April 6, 2023, commercial property values have actually declined by 15%. Apartment properties are taking the brunt of the blow with values skyrocketing upward by 47%.
While Fort Bend commercial property rose in assessed value across all ranges of construction age, property owners of those constructed between 1961 and 1980 will likely have the most sticker shock when viewing their assessments. These commercial properties have increased by almost 54%!
The two value ranges displaying the highest percent increases are commercial properties between $1M to $5M, with a 23.3% increase in taxable value and commercial properties over $5M with a whopping 41% increase in taxable value.
Commercial property owners of all apartments have reason to appeal the 2023 assessment increases, however apartments built between 1961 and 1980 have attained the greatest increase in assessed value.
The Fort Bend County office properties built between 1961 and 1980 exhibit this greatest percent increase in assessed value for all ranges in 2023 with an increase of 40.8%.
Similar to commercial office property, Fort Bend County commercial retail property also saw the highest percent increase for property constructed between 1961 and 1980. The increase in assessed value for this range is even more dramatic, with an increase of 92.4%.
The two ranges with the most escalation in assessed value for Fort Bend County warehouse property are those constructed between 1981 and 2000, at 22.5% and property constructed in 2001 and later with a 24.5% increase.
When evaluating the changes in assessed value for Fort Bend County offices, low-rise properties were clearly seeing the greater surge, with a 35.4% increase in assessed value.
Multi-family units of 9+ increased in assessed value by an incredible 130.2%.
When comparing sub-types of commercial retail property, malls show the highest percent upswing in value with 64.6%.
Fort Bend County warehouse increases in assessed value were most prominent in mini low-rise warehouses and mini high-rise warehouses with increased percentages of 31.8 and 45.3% respectively.
Both residential and commercial property owners should be aware that if they do not appeal, they will likely pay significantly higher property taxes. Record levels of property tax protest are expected to follow. The deadline to file a property tax protest is May 15th.
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