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Need advice on upcoming meeting with Brazos County Appraisal District

bbon88
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I have a meeting at the end of June, and don't know the best way to give proof that my property is appraised too high. Any suggestions?
CS78
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Why do you think it's too high? Build your case. The easiest is something is wrong with your property and you can show proof. Are your neighbors assessed below you? Are there comps that sold for less?
BrazosWifi
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What are houses selling for that are similar to your house? That is the basis of their appraisal.
91_Aggie
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BrazosWifi said:

What are houses selling for that are similar to your house? That is the basis of their appraisal.
This.

You have to prove that your property is valued way too high.

The value of your house is based on the MARKET VALUE (actually appraisal by the county is usually lower than the true Market Value).

I was angry that mine went up the full 10% this year, but I have houses around me selling for $20,000 more than the county appraisal).

If you live in a subdivision, you can do this to see if you'll likely have a leg to stand on:

Go to:
http://esearch.brazoscad.org/

click on the By Address button
Type in your Street name (I found leaving of DR, ST, CIRCLE, etc works better)

This will show all the houses on your street and you can quickly see what everyone around you is valued at.

If someone sold their house in the last year, they will likely have a higher value than everyone else (at least that is what i noticed on my street).

Good luck.

If you live out in the country, with no nearby neighbors, you'll have to try to find some "comps" and that may be tough.
CS78
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91_Aggie said:

If you live out in the country, with no nearby neighbors, you'll have to try to find some "comps" and that may be tough.
Actually, no comps can be a good thing. I had one this year where they couldn't show any good comps. They agreed there was no basis for an increase and dropped it back to last years value.
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CS78 said:

91_Aggie said:

If you live out in the country, with no nearby neighbors, you'll have to try to find some "comps" and that may be tough.
Actually, no comps can be a good thing. I had one this year where they couldn't show any good comps. They agreed there was no basis for an increase and dropped it back to last years value.
good to know.
Wildmen03
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I protested mine yesterday afternoon. I went in with a few comps, but they had similar ones and thought theirs were better. I then basically talked crap about my house for 10 minutes. Foundation is starting to shift/crack, driveway panels are becoming uneven, drywall and ceiling starting to show cracks. Stuff like that.

The biggest drop in price came when I mentioned my old next door neighbor complained that he had issues selling his house because of our proximity to the main street/entrance through our neighborhood and the constant noise coming from people accelerating at the intersection behind our yards. Sure enough they checked my neighbors house and it sold for less than expected market value. It didn't come up because our houses were different in size and didn't pop up under comps.

Got another $6,000 taken off for that on top of the $11,000 I got knocked off during my initial protest, that I previously rejected.

It can be nerve wracking presenting to a board of appraisers. But just go in, be honest, thorough and hope for the best.
InMyOpinion
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Get comps of recent sales or don't show up
mgreen
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I was told they want comps for the end of 2017 since that is what their data is based on. Comps from the last couple months will not be considered.
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