What do you tell the appraisal district about your house?? Let’s just face it -- sometimes the sold data just does not cooperate. Every comp you look at justifies the appraisal district’s value. Are you at a dead-end?? Maybe…. But don’t throw in the towel just yet!! Remember, at best the district has seen only … Continue reading What do you tell the appraisal district about your house??
Yikes!! How can my mortgage payment jump like that ???? I just got my Christmas bills, my daughter needs braces, my car needs an overhaul and now this ??? Every year, sometime in the first quarter, homeowners with a mortgage on their house get a letter from their mortgage company. It is an accounting of … Continue reading
Last week, we looked a typical case study involving your escrow account and how it can increase your monthly payment due to an increase in property taxes. In that case study, this taxpayer’s house payment went up by nearly $200/mo. – never welcomed news but in an upmarket there is plenty of company in this … Continue reading Escrow Horror Stories
Qualifying for a homestead exemption You owned and occupied the property on January 1st of tax year you want to apply the homestead exemption. Owning means the deed is in your name. Occupying means you can prove you were living in the property. This usually comes in the form of a utility bill. You are … Continue reading Obtaining a refund from filing a late homestead exemption.
Sometimes, when neither an informal meeting with the staff at the Central Appraisal District (CAD) nor a formal hearing with the Appraisal Review Board fail to produce an acceptable result for a taxpayer, arbitration nor litigation is an option. Last week, I received a call from an attorney who specializes in representing property owners in … Continue reading How do I measure the square footage in my house?