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Your Property Tax Questions Answered

Posted on · There’s a series of free workshops to help homeowners identify and apply for property tax exemptions. The free homestead exemption workshops will be held in Acres Homes, the Near Northside, and the Second and Third Wards. These are communities identified in the tax rolls as having large numbers of homeowners who potentially qualify for homestead […]

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Why Do Corporations Sue Appraisal Districts?

Posted on · The Harris County Appraisal District got in a tussle recently with Exxon Mobil over property taxes at their Spring Campus. HCAD put a valuation of about one billion dollars on the property, but Exxon feels that’s not an accurate reflection of their value. Such disputes are not unusual. The larger the corporation, the more property […]

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What Construction Trends Tell Us About Houston Neighborhoods

Posted on · Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research has released a new study examining construction trends across Harris County. It’s called “Houston in Flux: Understanding a Decade of Bayou City Development.” We learn more about it from two of the institute’s researchers: Kelsey Walker and Kyle Shelton. The researchers spent a lot of time digging through Harris County […]

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Answers to Your Property Tax Questions

Posted on · This is the time of year the Harris County Appraisal District sends out appraisal notices to property owners. Those valuations have been on the rise in recent years, prompting Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan to offer a series of property tax workshops to explain how those taxes are valued and collected. Sullivan joins us, along […]

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How to Dispute Your Property Appraisal

Posted on · Many homeowners in Harris County may still be reeling from a property appraisal notice they recently received in the mail. Officials say about 90 percent of Harris County saw an increase in their property value. Of course, that also means a hike in taxes. To discuss why home values have gone up, and how Harris […]