Harvey Victims Urged To Protest Home Appraisals

The deadline to protest your appraised home value is Tuesday

Harris County reappraised homes affected by Harvey but one tax consultant says those values are still much too high.

This is the first year since the Texas Legislature moved the deadline to protest home appraisals to May 15 from previously May 31.


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It's also the first since Hurricane Harvey.

That's keeping tax consultants like O'Connor and Associates busy.

The company is seeing about 15,000 more clients than last year.

Especially those flooded by Harvey should protest their appraisals, the company's president, Pat O'Connor, said, because HCAD – the Harris County Appraisal District – is overvaluing those homes, he said.

"The market value of flooded homes not repaired is selling for about 40 percent, not 80 percent," O'Connor said. "So HCAD has a double market value on these homes that they've valued so far."

To protest your appraisal, you can download a form on the HCAD website. The form can be submitted online or through the mail.

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Florian Martin

Florian Martin

Business Reporter

Florian Martin is the News 88.7 business reporter and also covers criminal justice, guns and shootings.Florian's stories can frequently be heard on other public radio stations throughout Texas and on NPR nationwide. Some of them have earned him awards from Texas AP Broadcasters, the Houston Press Club, National Association of...

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