In my previous 2 posts, I discussed ways to improve your results when protesting your property taxes. I'm a Texas Property Tax Arbitrator and would like to help you save money with professional advice.
- Bring something to read when you go to your protest. They get behind.
- Do not start the conversation with "My taxes are too high", or "There have been no services for taxes paid.” Those are not their concern.
- Market value is a topic on which reasonable people can disagree. The property owner has a significant advantage since they have personally inspected the subject and all the comparables. The appraiser has only the data provided by others.
- Do not let a sale that you did not find upset the process. You have many other sales to present and your home is unique.
- Do point out if your house backs up to an apartment complex, a car dealership, a thoroughfare, trashy homes, etc.
- Point out if any flaws exist in the home itself.
- Read the remarks on the comparables. The sold home features might be better than yours, such as granite, wood floors, covered patio, etc. This knowledge will help lower your valuation.
- Appraisers do this day in and day out. You are there because you really believe that the sales show that your home is worth no more than the other homes.
- Speak softly and be pleasant.