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Old 05-14-2015, 03:49 PM
 
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I live in Steiner too, and my appraisal went up by about 15% too. But honestly, it's still appraised at less than it's actual value, so I'm not protesting it. It would be impossible to find comps. I have protested many, many times and always won, but this year, I don't think it's worth my time.

BTW, I only used a service once (Protax) and that was either last year or the year before. They got it lowered by a whopping $400. The other times I got it lowered, I fought it myself (armed with sold comps from my Realtor).
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Old 05-27-2015, 04:23 PM
 
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Thanks to everyone for your input.. I decided to hire a company..
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Old 05-28-2015, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Holly Neighborhood, AUSTINtx
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I used redfin to find recent sales (<6 months old) of comparable properties in my neighborhood. Then I took the one with the lowest transaction price and used the $/sq. ft. formula to arrive at a "what I think my property is worth." I quoted the address, square footage (land and improved) and sale date of the comp. I also mentioned the comp was a corner lot - mine is not - though I doubt they will consider that. Not sure it will work of course, but this is uncharted territory for me.

I also read on a Houston blog that with HCAD at least you can get formal quotes for necessary home repairs as a way of lowering the improved value.
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Old 07-01-2015, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Holly Neighborhood, AUSTINtx
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I used redfin to find recent sales (<6 months old) of comparable properties in my neighborhood. Then I took the one with the lowest transaction price and used the $/sq. ft. formula to arrive at a "what I think my property is worth." I quoted the address, square footage (land and improved) and sale date of the comp. I also mentioned the comp was a corner lot - mine is not - though I doubt they will consider that. Not sure it will work of course, but this is uncharted territory for me.

I also read on a Houston blog that with HCAD at least you can get formal quotes for necessary home repairs as a way of lowering the improved value.
So what are the implications of rejecting a settlement offer?
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Old 07-28-2015, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Holly Neighborhood, AUSTINtx
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They gave me this option:

I acknowledge that the subject matter of the protest filed online concerning the property described above has been settled. I hereby withdraw my protest and waive my right to any further proceedings in this matter.

Your settlement offer amount is listed below. Please select whether you accept or reject this offer by clicking the corresponding button.



What are the implications of rejecting the offer?
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Old 07-28-2015, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Then you have to go to the formal hearing. The offer on the table is gone, and the formal hearing may not reduce it as much, or not at all, or more....
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Old 07-28-2015, 11:45 PM
 
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My appraisal got reduced 7%. Happy with that.
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Old 07-29-2015, 08:33 AM
 
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I just got notice of our formal hearing date and it is during our out of state vacation in a few weeks. I had planned to do ourselves but was waiting for their response. Is it too late to call one of the tax services?
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