What’s next?

You’ll receive an email shortly with a link to your Client Portal.

(be sure to check your Junk folder if you don’t see it)

Please visit your Client Portal and E-sign the “Appointment of Agent form”.
We’ll need this in order to represent you.

You can access your Client Portal link anytime to provide us with info about properties, view current valuations, or pay your balance online. The portal utilizes a unique link specific to you, so we recommend bookmarking it for easy access to your account in the future.

Whether you’re new to the protest process or not, we understand the protest process can be overwhelming. Rest assured, we have you covered and will take it from here.  We appreciate the opportunity to be of service and look forward to the challenges ahead.

Below are some Common Questions and Answers to help you better understand the process.

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When is the deadline to protest my property value?

The deadline to protest property values for tax year 2021 is May 17, or 30 days after the appraisal district sends notice of the assessed value, whichever is later. The appraisal district is required to send notice if the assessed value is increased by more than $1,000 from the prior year's value. In most cases the deadline in Texas is May 15. If the 15th falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the deadline is the following business day.

What is the difference between my market and appraised value?

Your Market Value represents what the appraisal district believes your home could be sold for on the open market as of January 1st of the tax year in question.

Appraised value is the actual amount that taxes are levied against to determine how much you pay in property taxes. In most cases, if you have a homestead exemption and your market value increased by more than 10%, the appraised value is a 10% increase from the prior year’s appraised value, unless there have been improvements to the property, i.e. remodeling, new pool. This increase will continue each year until the appraised value reaches the market value. Typically, unless there was a miscalculation in the increase (i.e. not 10%), the appraised value will only be changed if the market value is decreased beneath the appraised value.

What methods do you use to challenge my valuation?

There are many factors to consider when preparing for a hearing. 

We start by checking the Appraisal District's records for accuracy. We often find the District can have inaccurate square footage figures and will commonly overstate condition, desirability, and utility ratings.

Sometimes you may have bids for repairs, photos, and other issues you would like addressed. We ensure all any and all relevant information you provide is presented at your hearing. 

We also perform an Assessment Comparable Analysis and a Comparable Sales Analysis on every property.

  • The Assessment Comparable Analysis; sometimes referred to as Equity Analysis, compares your property assessed value with the assessed values of similar homes in your neighborhood.
  • The Comparable Sales Analysis compares your homes assessed value with sale prices of similar houses in your neighborhood.

Per appraisal standards, both analyses make adjustments for differences between the subject and comparable properties. 

Can protesting my value actually increase my taxes?

No! There is absolutely no risk in having your taxes go up in protesting your property valuation.

Could protesting make my home sell for less in the future?

No, in fact, your home can actually bring a higher selling price if you regularly contest your property taxes. This is due to the lower cost of ownership achieved when the valuation is regularly kept in check.

Imagine this: You’re deciding between House A and House B. They are next door to each other and completely identical. The seller of House A regularly protested their property taxes and is assessed at $220,000. Their tax bill will be $5,500. The seller of house B has never protested and is assessed at $240,000. Their tax bill will be $6,000. Both homes are completely identical, except for their property tax bills.

Which home would you be willing to pay more for? House A of course, the property with the lower cost of ownership.

Should I hire you or should I do it myself?

The reasons for hiring an agent are the same reason you hire an accountant or attorney; you have a full-time professional with the tools and an intimate knowledge of the property tax system which provides major benefits.

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