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Old 07-14-2018, 09:53 PM
Location: Houston, Texas
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Does anyone have any experience protesting their home values through HCAD?

My house was flooded during Harvey, and the HCAD value came down. I think it should have been down lower, as I know what it takes to fix my house up back to the condition it was in. I also compared it to my neighbors values and am not sure the price is completely fair.

I protested through HCAD, and asked for iSettle. I uploaded tons of documents to support my price. They denied my iSettle and set up an informal meeting.

If I don't show for my informal meeting, I understand that a formal one is scheduled. If I skip the formal one, what happens? Do they just stick with the original price and not give any discount?

I'm not sure if it's worth my time to go down to HCAD and fight it.

I already uploaded all the documents to their website, and they want me to print everything out for the informal meeting.
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Old 07-14-2018, 10:30 PM
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They stick with the original price.
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Old 07-16-2018, 10:37 AM
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They'll keep the original price.

I've recently learned the iSettle process is a joke. They don't look at the documents you provide and its basically an all electronic protest (compare you to houses around you).

After iSettle, I believe you go straight to the formal (I did anyway). If you have quotes and evidence of how much it would be to fix, show them. Bring 5 copies (3 for the panel, 1 for HCAD and one for yourself). Also, you can argue that you're being taxed higher than those around you.

I just did this and still think I should have been lower, but did get it lower significantly. I'll go every year if I have to.
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