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Old 05-01-2012, 03:43 AM
 
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Old 05-01-2012, 06:23 AM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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Ours went down again, but just slightly this time. It's still not enough, as I doubt I could sell my house for what they're appraising is market value.
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Old 05-01-2012, 06:37 AM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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If it's over-appraised, protest it. Not hard to do, and often worth your time in terms of $$$ saved. It's not unusual to have them offer a reduction just to avoid a formal hearing.....BTDT several times!
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:04 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I saw that last night. Mine went down by just under a grand, meaning my property taxes decreased by $28 for the year

My sister lives in Travis county...her appraisal went down by 27K which she was pretty upset about.
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:09 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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If it's over-appraised, protest it. Not hard to do, and often worth your time in terms of $$$ saved. It's not unusual to have them offer a reduction just to avoid a formal hearing.....BTDT several times!

how do you go about protesting it?
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:18 AM
 
Location: Beacon Hill
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Mine went up a substantial amount... seems to go up every year. The houses around me have gone down. The only improvements I've made that they may have seen would be the central AC unit outside but I didn't think that even got accounted for?

Not sure whether to protest or not...
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:22 AM
 
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Since 07 ours has gone down $16k. I'm kinda bothered by it but it seems like everyones property value has gone down and it means less taxes. I also know that the area drives the value not so much the county's appraisal.
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Old 05-01-2012, 11:04 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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how do you go about protesting it?
They send you a form to fill out along with your new appraisal statement (or you can find it here: http://www.bcad.org/PDFs/nop.pdf). Fill it out, mail it back and they'll send you a date for your informal hearing. Most people use the following two criteria (check those blocks on the form and any other block that applies to you):

- Value is over market value

- Value is unequal compared with other properties


To justify your market value argument, take recent comps with you to the informal hearing; those should be properties that sold "sometime around" 01/01/2012.

To justify your "unequal compared with other properties" argument, bring pictures of parts of your house that need work/repairs (deferred maintenance): areas that need paint, wood replaced, have leaks,...you get the idea. You have to bring in actual pictures but I've also used pics on a CD (you might want to check to make sure you can still do that); they will keep what you bring.
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Old 05-01-2012, 11:04 AM
 
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Mine went down a couple thousand
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Old 05-01-2012, 11:24 AM
 
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In the time since we bought in fall of 2004, they claim our house has quadrupled in value. I can buy doubled, but 4x? Despite only some improvements?

time to go argue it....
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