Oh My, Oh My, Oh… Property Taxes
A couple of days ago, I received a lovely blue note in the mail that informed me of how amazing my house is. It also informed me that with all the new improvements (there have been none, btw), my house is worth so much more than last year and the year before that. It also informed me that I had until May 31st to protest. A long time ago, I sent money to a lawyer who said they would lower my taxes for me. Well, I never heard from them, so I vowed never to do THAT again. In 2015, I decided to try and take care of it myself, and I am so glad I did! I’ve heard of people trying and not having any luck, so let me share exactly what I did so you can see if it works for you. When we refinanced our home, we had an appraisal done; it’s just part of the process. I decided to take that information up to the Tax Office and show them myself that they had incorrectly valued my house. The appraisal had comparisons and pictures and was very thorough and, importantly, was just a few months old. I drove up to the Tarrant Appraisal District Office located at 2500 Handley-Ederville Road and was prepared to wait, show them my facts, and see what happened. (Here is a Map with the location.) Surprisingly, it was not too crowded, and when it was my turn, I handed over my appraisal. The employee made a copy and lowered my value to the exact appraised value on the appraisal, which significantly lowered my taxes for the year.
If you would like to try and do the same, I recommend contacting DFW Appraisals to do your home appraisal. They are owned and run by a local Fort Worth family and have over 25 years in the appraisal business. They can be reached by phone (817) 460-9495 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and would love to talk to you. Here is a link to their website for more information, as well!
Two years later, my TAD value has gone way up again. I don’t understand how in such a short amount of time there could be such an increase! You know I am going to try to get them back to where they should be. Maybe I’ll see you at the TAD office when I am there? Good luck everybody! Any advice you have on how you have deal with property taxes is always appreciated, so leave a comment if you have any suggestions!
Tricia Schniederjan is a Fort Worth girl, born and raised. Tricia is a runner, scuba diver, snow and water skier, hiker, and kayaker. Her love of exploring has taken her on many adventures with her 5 children which has led to her becoming an expert at traveling with children. She is a UT Austin graduate, an optimist, a peace keeper, and an enjoyer of life.
That’s some great information. I also received a lovely notice that the value of my home had gone up, which would be great if I had any plans to sell my home in the near future. However, since we do not, and I also don’t have the time to go to the tax office, I did the next best thing. On the bottom of the tax appraisal notice you will find the website and when you got to TAD.org you can contest the appraisal value. They will ask you what you believe the value to be and after you enter your number, they will give you a final counteroffer. For myself it dropped about $5,000 a year. That was enough to make a small dent and at least it is something. Just a suggestion in case you can’t get a new appraisal or go to the office, there is at least a 5 minute fix. Happy Homeowning!