Austin Texas Real Estate Blog

Property Tax Appeal Time

Property tax is always a hot topic of discussion in Texas – particularly during this time of year. According to the Austin Board of Realtors, the past year saw an 8.7% increase in median sold prices from February 2014 to February 2015.  While that number varies throughout Austin, it is safe to assume that the Travis County Tax Assessor has taken notice of the rising prices as they began their evaluations.

Property valuations were mailed in April allowing homeowners ample time to receive, review and contemplate. If you feel that your taxes are too high, then you should appeal. If you do not ask to have your taxes lowered, there is no chance for a reduced rate.

Even if you are planning on selling your home in the near future, it is worthwhile to appeal your taxes. Consider the fact that you are responsible for paying taxes for the number of months you live in your house before it sells – the cost can be considerable - it makes sense to appeal.


Looking for Tips to Dispute your Property Taxes?

Looking for tips and information on how to successfully dispute your property taxes?  We are here to help. Join us for one of our 2 information sessions, lead by your local real estate resource, Gene Arant and tax professionals, Five Stone Tax Advisers.  

Wednesday, May 20th, 6:30pm and 7:30pm sessions will be held at the Gene Arant Team building located at 4304 N. Quinlan Park Rd.  For additional information, please call 512-261-1000. 


Tips of the Trade

In the Four Points area, educated DIYers may question the idea of paying a listing and buying commission in a home sale. It is a significant amount of money.

Some may opt to go the “For Sale By Owner” or FSBO route – phonetically pronounced fis-bo in the real estate industry. 

But often understanding the entire value proposition may go unknown due to the amount of work done behind the scenes. 

People want their homes sold without complications and a good realtor will ensure that happens with little involvement from the client. 

For anyone considering listing their own home, here are a few tasks to ensure your transaction closes smoothly.

Value proposition: Understand the condition of your home and how to showcase its finest features. Make sure that you get the appropriate amount of money for your home – do not leave money on the table. According...