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Old 01-22-2009, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Close enough to the Woodlands to enjoy the ammenities without being IN the Woodlands
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Could someone (or someones) school me and others in the need-to-know all about these HCAD Appraisals I keep seeing posted about? It seems to be a pretty big issue there with the appraisals not being correct and evryone needing to fight them. Can you start from soup-to-nuts about them? What are they, are they only in Harris County, who controls them, when are the dates that things need to be done on them, just kinda a full tutorial. We will hopefully be buying a home there (Conroe area if we get our way) and would like to have a clear understanding of what I (and others) might be up against.
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Old 01-22-2009, 09:05 AM
 
Location: A little suburb of Houston
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Winebrat, tax appraisals are something you fight where ever you live and pay property taxes. Not just here. It is part of being a homeowner. If you are buying property in Montgomery County, I suggest you go to the attached link and read up: Home You can also read up at: Harris County Appraisal District about the process but will need to learn the specifics for Montgomery Co.
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Old 01-22-2009, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Close enough to the Woodlands to enjoy the ammenities without being IN the Woodlands
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I am a home owner, been for 9 years, and have never heard of this issue (needing to fight the assesment) before. Maybe my area has their act together? Why aren't the appraisals correct? Maybe it's because we built our home? Not sure why it seems there are a lot of fights for reassesments going on in the Houston Forum, that's more my concern. I'll look at the links. Thanks.
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Old 01-22-2009, 03:24 PM
 
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I am a home owner, been for 9 years, and have never heard of this issue (needing to fight the assesment) before. Maybe my area has their act together? Why aren't the appraisals correct? Maybe it's because we built our home? Not sure why it seems there are a lot of fights for reassesments going on in the Houston Forum, that's more my concern. I'll look at the links. Thanks.
Every home owner should be aware of what the assessed value of their property is for tax purposes, wherever they live. Harris County is fairly aggressive in raising the assessment (what they think the property is worth). They send out letters stating what the new assessed value is & savvy property owners contest them if they think the assessment is high. The motivation for that is simple, what you pay in taxes in based off a percent of the assessed value. The higher the value, the higher your tax bill.

Do you know what they have assessed your property for in Montgomery county? If not, you need to find out.
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Old 01-22-2009, 04:40 PM
 
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I fight them every year it is raised. It is so easy now because it is done online. All you need are comps from a realtor and you can find a similiar home that sold for less than what you are appraised. When you do buy a home, you will get a note from the appraisal district asking how mush you paid and how much you spent on improvements. Throw it away. You are not obligated to provide this info and if you do it will surely raise your taxes. The appraisal district only knows what you finance not how much you put down. Keep this info to yourself.
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Old 01-22-2009, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Close enough to the Woodlands to enjoy the ammenities without being IN the Woodlands
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Modster, I do know my appraisal and it is correct, always has been. That's why I was asking about down there because it seems like down there they aren't correct. I don't own a house there yet.

I just wanted to know what I am getting into down there before I do. I guess it isn't run as smoothly as my current town. That's all. I'm glad to hear that it is a simple process if I need to fight it.
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Old 01-22-2009, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Charleston Sc and Western NC
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Yes, it's a simple process.

Every year they raise it the full 10%. Upwards of 30% if you've done any work to it. And every year you SIMPLY have to go in fight it.
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Old 01-22-2009, 05:45 PM
 
Location: NW Houston
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Modster, I do know my appraisal and it is correct, always has been.
How do you know it is correct?
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Old 01-22-2009, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Close enough to the Woodlands to enjoy the ammenities without being IN the Woodlands
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Comps. When they reasses it I have a realtor friend check on closed sales in the area. It falls in line. We were reassessed a few years ago because of permits we pulled.
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Old 01-22-2009, 06:39 PM
 
Location: NW Houston
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Comps. When they reasses it I have a realtor friend check on closed sales in the area. It falls in line. We were reassessed a few years ago because of permits we pulled.
Interesting. You started this thread acting like you didn't even know what a tax appraisal was. "What are they, are they only in Harris County, who controls them, when are the dates that things need to be done on them, just kinda a full tutorial." Now you seem to be quite familiar with the whole concept and check your appraisal regularly.
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