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Your property taxes may go up significantly this year. If your only home is your homestead and you made no improvements, the increase in the taxable value of your home is limited by law to 10% per year. However, the taxable value on second homes and investment properties which is based on market value may have increased by 20% or more in Harris County from 2013 to 2014.Whether your homestead makes...
Read Post [Posted on 04/14/2014 By James Brodnax]
One big misunderstanding between real estate agents and appraisers centers on how, when, and what they can communicate about the valuation process. While federal laws dictate those communications, appraisers and agents don’t have to be estranged during a transaction. “There’s a window of opportunity when agents and appraisers can talk, but once the appraisal has been developed and sent to the cl...
Read Post [Posted on 04/07/2014 By John Askins]
The district is advising property owners that Houston’s booming economy is going to have an impact on property values for 2014. “Property values across most of the property types are increasing,” said Sands Stiefer, chief appraiser. The property types include residential, commercial (apartments, office buildings, retail, medical offices, hospitals, hotels, warehouses) and in...
Read Post [Posted on 04/04/2014 By Diana Walton]
U.S. bank regulators are proposing rules that seek to increase the qualifications of appraisers and “attempt to overhaul the appraisal industry to ensure that those assessing a home’s value have no hidden financial ties to lenders that could influence assessments,” The Wall Street Journal reports. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Reserve, and other regulators are...
Read Post [Posted on 04/04/2014 By John Askins]
HOMEOWNERS: It's time to fight your taxes! Every year, about this time, your County Appraisal District will mail out the newly assessed taxable values of your house. You want these values to be as low as possible, so you pay less home taxes. You should be fighting these every year. You can hire a company or you can fight them yourself. Your REALTOR (Me) has the data to help you fight them yourself...
Read Post [Posted on 04/02/2014 By Sallie Wheeler]
If you just opened your mailbox and found your notice from your appraisal district, you may still be in shock.  Because even with the much improved real estate market, it seems the tax assessors are assessing homes on the high side right now.  If you feel your home is valued too high or just want confirmation that the market is really this strong, please send me an email and I will send ...
Read Post [Posted on 03/31/2014 By Dee Pardue]
A major home-selling decision arrives right at the start: setting your home’s price. It’s a step that can be decisive for good or for ill.But what is the “right” price? We know what it probably isn’t—it’s not the first number that pops into your head, nor is it likely to be The-Price-of-Your-Next-House-Plus-the Cost-of-a-Family-Vacation-in-Tahiti-Plus-the-New-Sportscar-You’ve-Always-Wanted-to...
Read Post [Posted on 03/24/2014 By Connie Inmon]
In the recent past, low appraisals have been blamed on delaying—or even canceling—many real estate transactions over the last few years. While real estate professionals are limited in how much involvement they can have in the appraisal process, they can do a few important things to help ensure their sellers receive a fair valuation. Be there. Appraisers and other real estate agents say that being ...
Read Post [Posted on 03/07/2014 By John Askins]
Welcome to the most current Housing Trends eNewsletter. This eNewsletter is specially designed for you, with national and local housing information that you may find useful whether you’re in the market for a home, thinking about selling your home, or just interested in homeowner issues in general. Please click on this link to view the Housing Trends FEB-2014 Newsletter http://robbipfeil....
Read Post [Posted on 02/28/2014 By Robbi Pfeil]
Hello, everyone!I hope you guys have had a wonderful week thus far.  It's been chilly and rainy here so far, but luckily the sun is now making an appearance!  Hooray!It's time to talk appraisal and inspections.  These topics can certainly be confusing, so I'm hoping to make some sense of it for you guys.Some points about inspections:- If you are purchasing a resale property, it is h...
Read Post [Posted on 02/11/2014 By Jill Rainey]
An appraiser is a professional person who can tell you what your home is worth. The appraiser will come to your house and list the number and size of the rooms and any extras, such as a fireplace, porch, pool, or garage. The appraiser will compare your home and property to other homes that have sold recently with similar features. The appraiser then estimates that your home might sell for approxim...
Read Post [Posted on 02/06/2014 By Sahar Samadian]
Real estate professionals have had to hold their breath many times as they waited for an appraisal on a property to come back. Would it be lower than the agreed-upon selling price -- and by how much? Many real estate professionals have blamed a high number of past derailed transactions on low-ball appraisals. But now the industry is noticing a change in appraised values: Appraisals are getting...
Read Post [Posted on 01/27/2014 By John Askins]
Despite ongoing challenges facing the U.S. economy, including the job market and weaker consumer expectations, there are some signs of improvement. Sales of previously owned homes ticked up in December for the first time since July and leading economic indicators point to a more optimistic outlook for the next three to six months.Existing-home sales edge up Sales of previously owned hom...
Read Post [Posted on 01/26/2014 By John Askins]
http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/2014/01/how-hot-is-houstons-housing-market-scorching/
Read Post [Posted on 01/22/2014 By Larry Martin]
Olivia PulsinelliWeb producer- Houston Business JournalEmail   Twitter   Google+ There’s no doubt Houston’s real estate market has been on fire in recent years, and the Urban Land Institute predicts 2014 will be even better than the year before.The ULI ranked Houston the No. 2 market to watch in its “Emerging Trends in Real Estate...
Read Post [Posted on 01/18/2014 By John Williams]
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