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This Month in Real Estate


 It's that time of year again. If you bought or sold a home in 2015, it's time to update your property tax status. Do you need to add a homestead exemption?  In order to qualify for a homestead exemption, you must have lived in the home on January 1st of that tax year. With property values on the rise, you may want to review your property value according to your county recordings.  Remember, you should protest your property taxes every year whether or not your assessed value increases, decreases or stays the same. If you do not protest them every year, the taxing authority can raise your assessed value by up to 30% in a single year going back three years if you did not protest any of those three years and your value did not change. Why protest every year?...Even if your protest is unsuccessful, it counts as measure against a dramatic future increase. You can protest your taxes online, in person or by hiring someone to do it for you.  You may want to check out the companies prior to making a selection. The BBB (Better Business Bureau) of Houston offers free online Reliability Reports at Don’t wait long the deadline to protest is May 31.


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