Galveston County Appraisal District is responsible for accurately valuing the houses in Galveston County. Overall the average value is close to 100%. The median defines the number for which an equal number of records are above and below this level. The median assessed value in 2020 in Galveston County for houses is 103%, based on a ratio study of 2019 and 2020 8,700 home sales prepared by O’Connor.
Most Houses are Not Valued Accurately in Galveston County
Many houses are well above or well below this level. There were a total of 8,700 houses in the study. Of these, 5,771 houses (66.3%) were assessed at more than 100% and 2,929 of houses (33.6%) were assessed below 100%. The range of errors is large. For example, there are 2,380 houses (27.35%) assessed at more than 110% of market value and 1,031 houses (11.8%) valued by Galveston County Appraisal District above 120%. In fact, incredible, 588 houses were assessed at more than 130% of market value! That’s right, 588, or 6.75% of the houses in the sample were assessed at more than 30% in excess of the fair market value based on a recent sale.
How Can You Make Sure You Are Not Overtaxed?
Galveston County property owners are strongly encouraged to reduce their property taxes by appealing property taxes annually. There is no cost to file a protest with the Galveston County Appraisal District. The normal protest deadline is May 15th. There are many advantages to appealing property taxes including: 1) reducing your property taxes about 60 to 70% of the time, 2) obtaining the Galveston County Appraisal District hearing evidence file to determine if your property is accurately described and 3) staying current with the true value of your home based on reviewing comparable sales in the Galveston County Appraisal District evidence package.
No Risk Option for Tax Appeals; Pay Only for Results
Alternatively, O’Connor can protest your property taxes without any upfront fee or cost. The only fee is a part of the savings in years we successfully protest your property taxes. O’Connor is the largest property tax consultant in the U.S., helping the owners of over 205,000 properties to reduce their property taxes annually. Enroll now in our no-risk program; there is never a fee unless we reduce your property taxes.
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