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Helpful Tips to Protest Your Property Taxes

The right to protest to the Appraisal Review Board is the most important right you have as a taxpayer. Below is an email we received from our client, Joe H., after he successfully protested his property taxes. Thanks for your advice Joe!

Appraisal Report
Becky and Shelle,

The hearing this morning was a success. I was able to get the appraisal board to reduce the market value on the house by $30,000. I am happy for the results considering that we did buy it at the end of the year at a high point of a good sales market. The board members did comment on how surprised they were at the amount of reduction from the appraisal district so that was a good sign and also gave me some pointers for next year.

A few things that I learned in the process that might be valuable for others going through a similar process:

1. Check the building class compared to other houses in the neighborhood. In DCAD they had our house classified as as Class 23 – all of the other houses on our street were classified as a Class 21. When I read the definitions, I noticed that our house did not technically fall into a Class 23 definition and that was a focal point of my case because this affected their value. I may have them come out and review this for next year because they still kept it at 23.

2. Challenge the stated “Condition”. Because of our sale price, the DCAD system automatically adjusted the condition to “Very Good”. I was able to provide evidence that it was in AVG / GOOD Condition. They were able to adjust this.

3. Get sales comps from your Realtor®. The sales comps that you provided were perfect and I used the ones in my immediate neighborhood with similar sq footage. I used total of six: They only used three of the highest values for their appraisal. It was nice that I could show more comps to challenge the avg $/sq ft.

4. Take photos of all problematic areas, including dirt or rust. I took pictures of all things that were problematic around the house, however I wish I still had interior pictures from before we came in and painted and cleaned up. The board did comment that seeing some interior pictures would have helped for better challenging the classification. My advice for new owners is to take pictures before any cleaning, or any updating is preformed.

5. Take photos of existing amenities, appliances, equipment. They also asked about the pool, being that it was almost 30 years old, If I had taken pictures of the pool and equipment condition, I perhaps could have gotten them to reduce the “additional improvements” (pool) a little bit.

6. Create a itemized list of needed repairs and estimated costs. The other thing that they asked for, which I did not have because I wasn’t using as supporting evidence, was an itemized list of needed repairs and vendor estimates. I did have a list of house issues but did not have any official cost estimates. It seems like they might have used that in consideration for value if I could have provided it.

7. Make five (5) color copies of your presentation, including photos. There were three board members and a DCAD appraiser. Even though they scan everything into the system for evidence, it would have helped if I had extra copies of my evidence for all of the board members. I also did not bring in any pictures because they had previously scanned these into the system when I went for the informal meeting last month. They did display them on the projector screen but they were hard to make out. I wish I had known and would have brought extra copies for all to share.

In all, it was a great experience and I am happy with the results and I also saved by not paying a tax group to protest for me.

Thanks again for all of your help!

Joe

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Explore the Extraordinary {Watch the Video}

As seen at the Highland Park Village Theatre. Watch this video tour of stunning homes in Dallas, the Park Cities, and beyond.


YOU ARE INVITED TO AN OPEN HOUSE:
2 Los Arboles Court will be open Sunday, November 11th, 2013 from 1:00-3:00pm. Please come see this amazing warm modern home which is built on a portion of the former Murchison Estate. Stunning!

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November 6, 2013 · 10:34 am

A Video Review of the Dallas Modern Home Tour

In case you missed it, here’s a look at some of the fabulous modern architectural wonders that were open to tour during the Dallas Modern Home Tour, co-sponsored by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty and Becky Frey among others.

Click here to a full list of chic homes new on the market now.

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UpdateDallas: A Sleek Contemporary with Plenty of Natural Light in Preston Hollow

4445 College Park Drive in Preston Hollow

 

Surround yourself in sleek modern design! This ultra-contemporary single level home in the Hockaday Square neighborhood is located on a private lot with shade trees and tasteful landscaping. It was completely remodeled and expanded in 1995 with clean lines, lots of natural light, an open floor plan, and all the details and finishes of the finest contemporary architecture.

To see more photos and read the entire post on UpdateDallas.org, click here.

To view the complete Photo Gallery, click here.

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SecondSheltersBlog: Because you can never have too many homes

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Inside Dallas Real Estate News:
One Down in 36 Hours (Becky Frey) and Doris Does Beverly Drive

Written by Candy Evans on June 3, 2011

“Then I hit the high ground where everything’s coming up roses, particularly in the high end. I’m talking below $500,000, if it’s a really great house. Becky Frey put a Disney Streets property on just this past weekend and got six offers in 36 hours. They accepted one that was even OVER asking. (Just writing that gave me deja vue. Chilling!) She’s got a house down the street from me under option – gorgeous home, listed in January. The good stuff, good location, priced right, is going out the door.

Click here to read full article at SecondShelters.com

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D Open House of the Week-End: Triple Your Pleasure | DallasDirt

6506 Northaven Open 2-4pm Sunday

I hope you will come to see this house for yourselves this weekend – 6506 Northaven is open from 2-4pm this Sunday 6/20/10. Candy writes beautifully, however, no words can do this home justice – the architecture is superb. “Wabi Sabi” Thanks Candy Evans! (read her entire blog post by clicking the link below)

D Open House of the Week-End: Triple Your Pleasure | DallasDirt.

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Download 2010 Market Reports – Free Information from Real Estate Center

Do you need to know what the population breakdown was last year in Fort Worth? How about the cost-per-acre of development land in Corpus Christi? Curious about how the number of residential building permits in Dallas last year compared with those in previous years?

You’re in luck.

The Real Estate Center’s 2010 Market Reports, now available on the Center’s website, contain this information and so much more.

A report is available for each of Texas’ 25 Metropolitan Statistical Areas. I have downloaded the Dallas-FortWorth-Arlington report and I’m studying it now.

Texas Market Reports

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