Hurricane Harvey caused an estimated $ 200 Billion in devastation throughout much of Southeast Texas. We were all touched by this storm in some way.
If you experienced property damage due to Hurricane Harvey please be aware that regardless of whether a mass reappraisal is triggered for flood damaged properties for the rest of 2017, your property’s 2018 property tax assessment will still be set on January 1st, as it is every year.
UNREPAIRED DAMAGES to your property as of January1, 2018 will be prime evidence for your 2018 property tax hearings. Pictures of flooded property, exterior water lines, etc. in the wake of Harvey is visual evidence that is very useful too! Ongoing discussions in the wake of Harvey about new flood maps for neighborhoods affected by flooding is also an important issue!
This is the type of evidence that can be used in hearings to reduce your 2018 value:
- DATE STAMPED PHOTOGRAPHS – Provide photos of flood damage to your property and structure at the time of the flood and ongoing repair work not completed as of January 1, 2018
- INSURANCE ESTIMATE – If you have insurance and have filed a claim, send us a copy of the adjuster’s estimate
- QUOTES/INVOICES/RECEIPTS – Send us any documentation for planned or completed repairs related to flood damage
- American Institute of Architects (AIA) – Documentation related to flood damage
- ENGINEERING REPORT – related to flood damage
If you are a customer please remember to refer to your BTA-ID and Property Address on any information submitted. We will only use the evidence that will help you in a hearing.
If you have any other property tax questions or concerns, please contact my:
Account sign-up for 2017 hearings
Bettencourt Tax Advisors, LLC on-line account sign-up for 2017 commercial and residential hearings has been extended through midnight Monday, May 30th for Harris, Fort Bend, Galveston, and Montgomery counties. My BTA Team has had great results in the early hearings. Don't miss out, sign up today!
Please go to the sign up page and follow the directions.
Do you think your property tax value should be lower than your Appraisal Review Board (ARB) hearing result?
You can still litigate or arbitrate your property tax value.
To watch a video about BTA's Litigation and Arbitration Services, click on the link below:
"Taxman's" Tip: Litigation and Arbitration Video
To learn more about the Litigation and Arbitration process,
read Paul's article from the September 2016 edition of REDNews by clicking on the box below.
"Taxman's" Article on Litigation and Arbitration
REDNews, Your Commercial Real Estate Marketing Source, September 2016, p. 20
Litigation and Arbitration are a Viable 3rd Step in the Property Appeal Process
The clock is ticking...
You only have 45 days to file Arbitration, or 60 days to file Litigation, from the date of your ARB Final Order!
Did you get a bad result at your county appraisal district ARB hearing?
- Filing a Judicial Appeal or Arbitration can save you nearly 10% more on average!
- BTA has specialized in Litigation and Arbitration for the past 5 years.
- BTA's Senior Property Tax Consultants and Tax Agents are especially trained in the BTA Way on Judicial Appeal Methods to save you money on your tax bills.
Sign up with the best Arbitration and Litigation Teams in the business!
Late Sign-ups are now open on line for Harris County properties only. Please proceed to the sign-up page and follow the directions to sign up!
Bettencourt Tax Advisors, LLC (BTA) will be accepting on line sign-ups for residential and commercial properties in Harris County only. Please go to the sign up page and follow the directions.
If you would like to sign-up a commercial property only in Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, and Montgomery counties, contact CommercialServices@btanow.com
2016 is seeing property tax valuations increase around the state.
Taxpayers have had the opportunity to let their voices be heard at the Texas State Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform & Relief. Go to http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/Senate/commit/c632/c632.htm to view videos of past meetings around the state including the hearing on May 10th held at the University of Houston with over 600 citizens and government representatives in attendance.
It was revealed at the May 10th Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reduction hearing that 2015 property tax final valuations in Harris County increased an astonishing 28.6% overall from the previous year.
As you may know, property tax valuations increased throughout the Houston metro area in 2016. The residential property value increases in many neighborhoods are in the 3-11% range with over half of Harris County affected. The commercial sector is seeing across the board increases close to 20% on noticed value for the third year in a row. In the surrounding counties, expect to see continued increases in property tax valuations. Galveston County has already shown significant increases in beachside property and condominium noticed values. Property tax valuations are continuing to go up and BTA's experienced team is already at the appraisal districts fighting to reduce these values.
Average Percent Change by Market Area 2016:
Heat Map-Concentrations of Recent Residential Sales 2016:
Boom, Recession, Recovery 2007-2016 for Residential Properties:
Boom, Recession, Recovery 2007-2016 for Commercial Properties:
2015 Harris County property tax valuations are increasing for a larger base of property owners than in 2007!
Both residential and commercial property owners will feel the effects throughout Harris County. For graphic representations of these increases go to the HCAD links below.
2015 Harris County Residential properties are up for nearly 90% of the homes in Harris County. Sales have been strongest for homes in the $80,000 - $500,000 range, as well as in neighborhoods with highly ranked schools.
Average Percent Change by Market Area:
Heat Map_Concentrations of Recent Residential Sales_January 1,2014 through January 31,2015:
Boom, Recession, Recovery 2007-2015 for Residential Properties:
2015 Harris County Commercial Property Reappraisals have continued their climb in property tax valuations:
APARTMENTS UP 22%
OFFICES UP 12%
RETAIL UP 21%
WAREHOUSES UP 23%
LAND UP 23%
Boom, Recession, Recovery 2007-2015 for Commercial Properties: