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With increases nearly across the board, Austins real estate market is starting to heat up for the busy spring selling season.nbsp;Most counties in Central Texas saw an increase in single-family home sales, with the Austin-Round Rock area up 4 to 2,611 homes sold while the median home price rose 4 to $316,000. Despite the continuous rise in prices, pending sales fornbsp;Aprilnbsp;increased by 14. The month ofnbsp;April also yielded an increase in total dollar sales volume to $1.1nbsp;billion. The home inventory level for the Austin area sawnbsp;a slight decreasenbsp;withnbsp;2.4 months of inventory available.nbsp;Check out the newest numbers from the Austin Board of REALTORSreg; fornbsp;April: Aprilnbsp;2018 Austin Area Market Statistics 2,611 single-family homes were sold thisnbsp;April - 4nbsp;more thannbsp;April 2017 The median price of a home increased 4 since lastnbsp;April to $316,000 Total dollar volume of single-family properties sold was $1.1nbsp;billion fornbsp;April 2018, up 14 from last year Decreasenbsp;in the months of inventory since April 2017, settling atnbsp;2.2 months innbsp;Aprilnbsp;2018 51nbsp;days spent on the market innbsp;April 2018 compared tonbsp;49 days the previous year 6,154nbsp;active listings duringnbsp;April 2018 - down 3 fromnbsp;April 2017 6 increase in new listings fornbsp;April 2018 for a total of 4,139nbsp;listings 14 more pending sales thannbsp;April 2017 with 3,320 innbsp;April 2018 Austinsnbsp;real estate market is getting busier than evernbsp;Whether yoursquo;re lookingnbsp;to buy or sell a home, our experienced agents would love to help you through the process.nbsp;For buyers, ournbsp;Austin home search is the best place to start. Our agents can set up email notifications to help stay on top of the latest homes for sale in your preferred neighborhood. If yoursquo;re thinking about selling, now is a great time to make your move. Our expert agents can help you price your home correctly, market it effectively, and choose the best offer for your sale. Contact us for more information about buying or selling homes in the Austin area.
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There are many factors that go into the decision about where to live. For some people, especially families with young children or children on the way, a good school district is at the top of the list. To help with the process, weve put together an Austin School Districts Guide, which covers things like location, market snapshots, and overviews of the districts. See below for an even more specific list of top schools in the Austin area in 2018 (schools that rank academically over an 89 in Student Achievement as assessed by the State of Texas Asssesment Readiness): AUSTIN ISD - As the largest ISD in the area with over 100 campuses and 80,000 students, its no surprise that there are several top schools in this district. The Austin ISD encompasses a large part of the city, so theres a good chance you can find a home with great schools nearby. Search all homes with Top Schools in Austin ISD. Elementary School Student Achievement Baldwin 89 Baranoff 90 Barton Hills 90 Bryker Woods 92 Casis 95 Clayton 93 Doss 93 Gullet 95 Highland Park 95 Kiker 97 Lee 91 Mathews 89 Mills 95 Middle School Student Achievement Gorzycki 96 High School Student Achievement Anderson 89 Bowie 94 Liberal Arts and Science Academy 100 DRIPPING SPRINGS ISD - Although a smaller district, the elementary schools in Dripping Springs have received the Exemplary rating from Texas Education Agency, the best out of the four benchmarks, and the high school has received recognition as one of the best in the country. Search all homes with Top Schools in Dripping Springs ISD. Elementary School Student Achievement Rooster Springs 90 Middle School Student Achievement Dripping Springs 90 High School Student Achievement Dripping Springs 91 EANES ISD - Well known for its excellent school system, all 9 schools in Eanes ISD have received a high enough Student Achievement ranking to be considered a top school. Serving Westlake, Lost Creek, and part of Rollingwood, youll want to make the move there to attend these prestigious schools. Search all homes with Top Schools in Eanes ISD. Elementary School Student Achievement Barton Creek 96 Bridge Point 95 Cedar Creek 96 Eanes 92 Forest Trail 97 Valley View 93 Middle School Student Achievement Hill Country 96 West Ridge 96 High School Student Achievement Westlake 98 LAKE TRAVIS ISD - Spread across four Austin suburbs (Bee Cave, Lakeway, Briarcliff, and The Hills), Lake Travis ISD is known for its consistent exemplary ratings and multiple state champion football team. There are plenty of homes to choose from near these schools Search all homes with Top Schools in Lake Travis ISD. Elementary School Student Achievement Bee Cave 91 Lake Pointe 96 Lakeway 93 Serene Hills 92 West Cypress Hills 91 Middle School Student Achievement Lake Travis 94 Hudson Bend 94 High School Student Achievement Lake Travis 93 LEANDER ISD -nbsp;One of the fastest growing school districts in the state, the Leander ISD serves Leander, Cedar Park, part of Austin, and even Georgetown. With the city of Leanders growth on the rise, we can only expect the school district to keep expanding as well.nbsp;nbsp;Search all homes with Top Schools in Leander ISD. Elementary School Student Achievement Block House Creek 89 Laura Welch Bush 95 River Place 91 River Ridge 97 Rutledge 93 Steiner Ranch 94 Middle School Student Achievement Artie L Henry 89 Canyon Ridge 95 Cedar Park 91 Florence W Stiles 93 Four Points 92 High School Student Achievement Cedar Park 93 Vandegrift 94 Vista Ridge 90 ROUND ROCK ISD - The second largest district in the area, the Round Rock ISD serves both Williamson and Travis County and hosts over 47,000 students at their many campuses. With a reputation of preparing their students well and as one of the best districts in the area, Round Rocks top schools might just make the top of your list. Search all homes with Top Schools in Round Rock ISD. Elementary School Student Achievement Blackland Prairie 91 Cactus Ranch 97 Canyon Creek 100 Chandler Oaks 93 Elsa England 95 Fern Bluff 93 Great Oaks 93 Kathy Caraway 94 Laurel Mountain 96 Linda Herrington 93 Patsy Sommer 95 Middle School Student Achievement Canyon Vista 95 Cedar Valley 94 James Garland Walsh 96 Ridgeview 91 High School Student Achievement Round Rock 91 Westwood 93
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The end of the school year isnbsp;just around the corner Parents, if youre looking for something fun to keep your kids busy this summer,nbsp;check out our list of summer camps happening all across the Austin area. Whether your child loves sports, learning, art, music, or adventure, theres a camp for every interest, and some have a littlenbsp;something for everyone Weve even included a few overnight camps as well as camps for children with special needs on our list. Get ideas of where to send your kids to camp this summer with our Austin Summer Camp Guide: Camp Name Location / Description Ages / Grade Level Type Outdoor/Adventure Camps nbsp; nbsp; nbsp; Austin Dog Alliance 1321 W. New Hope Drive, Cedar Park / Campers learn all about dogs, from types of breeds, pet care, and even agility training.nbsp; 5-15 Day Austin Parks and Recreation Various recreation centers in Austin / This years theme is Fun Time in the Sunshine. Campers will enjoy outdoor adventures and learn all about wildlife and camping. 5-12 Day Camp 512 Lauras Library in Austin for pick-up and drop-off / Campers enjoy themed adventures to various locations around Austin. K-8th Grade Day Camp Balcones Emma Long Park in Austin / Campers learn and explore STEM skills with weekly themed activities, including camping 101 and farm to table. 6-12 Day Camp on the Move Various drop-off locations in Austin / Campers go on adventures across Central Texas,nbsp;including Pinballz, Typhoon Texas, and Schlitterbahn. 8-14 Day Camp Wildflower Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center / Campers learn all about bugs, botany, horticulture, and nature in a fun camp setting. Preschool - 5th Grade Day Epic Adventures Dallas, TX, San Marcos, TX, and Austin, TX locations / Teens will go on multiple-day adventures including hiking, kayaking, and more. 13-17 Day Wet and Wild Adventure Camp Various drop-off locations in Austin / Campers take daily field trips to fun locations likenbsp;Splashtown and local swimming holes. 6-15 Day Special Needs Camps nbsp; nbsp; nbsp; Camp For All Burton, TX / For campers with physical and developmental disabilities (from mild to severe cases), as well as those who are deaf, blind, and/or multi-handicapped and children with cancer. 5-Adult Overnight Camp in Motion Southwest Family YMCA, Austin, TX / Campers with cerebral palsy and other similar disabilities can participate in sports, dance, water activities, and more 5-21 Day Camp Summit Dallas, TX / Traditional camp activities geared towards campers with physical and mental disabilities as well as the deaf and blind. 6-adult Overnight Texas Lions Camp Kerrville, TX / Campers with physical disabilities, cancer and type 1 diabetes will enjoy over 500 acres of Texas Hill Country. 7-16 Day Sports Camps nbsp; nbsp; nbsp; All-Star Sports Soccer Zone locations in South Austin and Cedar Park / Campers can play all different sports, including battleship, dodgeball, and ultimate Frisbee. 5-13 Day Austin Spurs Basketball Camp Brushy Creek Community Center and Cedar Park Rec Center / Campers have fun while working on their fundamental basketball skills. 3rd - 8th Grade Day Jump Gymnastics 2117 Anderson Lane / Fun day camp where campers participate in games, gymnastics, and arts and crafts. Each week has a fun theme like superheroes, the Olympics, and under the sea. 3-12 Day Rock About Climbing Drop-off at Barton Creek Greenbelt / Campers learn hiking and rock climbing skills at the Barton Creek greenbelt, Enchanted Rock, and Reimers Ranch. 9-18 Day Round Rock Express Baseball Camp Dell Diamond in Round Rock / Campers can hone their baseball and softball skills. 6-12 Day Sailing Camp Lake Austin and Lake Travis / Beginner to advanced campers can develop sailing skills on Austins popular lakes. 8-16 Day University of Texas Sports Camps University of Texas at Austin / Choose from a variety of sports camps hosted by the university athletic department. Ages vary by camp Day Educational Camps nbsp; nbsp; nbsp; Austin School of Fashion Design 6001 Burnet Road in Austin / Campers learn sewing skills, fashion illustration, and make their own clothing. 8-12 Day Bluebonnet School nbsp;Austin and Cedar Park locations / Kids develop their skills in science, math, art, and more. 1st - 4th Grade Day Creative Brick Builders Various locations in the Austin area /nbsp;Work with a team to build unique projects. Weekly themes include city designers, Star Wars, and Minecraft. Kindergarten to 7th Grade Day Game Worlds Austin Community Collegenbsp;/ Campers can play their favorite video or computer games and learn how to design themnbsp;at the same time. 8-18 Day Mad Science Camp Various locations in the Austin area / This classic camp presents science as a fun and exciting field through engaging activities and field trips. 6-12 Day Moolah U Various locations around Austin / Campers learn money-handling skills through fun activities. Campers will start their own business and make real money at local businesses in Austin. 8-16 Day Robotics Academy Various locations across Austin / Campers learn all about building robots, from construction to coding (for teens), and challenge their fellow campers. 6-17 Day The Thinkery Summer Camp The Thinkery in Austin / Campers explore a different learning theme each week with fun activities, free play at The Thinkery, and weekly field trips Pre-K to 5th Grade Day Arts Camps nbsp; nbsp; nbsp; Austin School of Film 2200 Tillery Street Austin / Campers create their own live action or animated films with guidance from professional filmmakers. 9-18 Day Band Aid School of Music Locations in South Austin and Westlake / Learn piano, drums, guitar, and more. Form a rock band with fellow campers, record a song, and perform at Stubbs at the end of camp 8-18 Day Contemporary Austin Art School Laguna Gloria Art Museum Austin / Campers of all ages can explore different mediums, including painting,nbsp;working with clay, and computer drawing. 4 and up Day Creative Genius Stepping Stone School / Various workshops enrich campers lives through music, film, and much more. 5-13 Day Esthers Follies School of Comedy Esthers Follies in Downtown Austin / Campers learn from professionals the basics and skills of sketch comedy, improv, jazz dance, singing and theater fundamentals. 8-16 Day Fantastic Magic Camp Journey IFC in Austin / Learn magic tricks and other fun skills like balloon twisting and unicycling. Watch and learn from professional magicians. 5-12 Day Lone Star School of Music Locations in Southwest Austin, Dripping Springs, and Westlake / Campers explore different instruments or hone their skills on a single instrument. Learn composition, form a band, and perform 5-15 Day ZACH Theatre Zachary Scott Theater in Austin / Campers develop their acting, auditioning and musical theater skills. Activities differ for each grade level and conclude with a performance at the end of each session. Kindergarten - 12th grade Day Overnight Camps nbsp; nbsp; nbsp; Camp Champions Marble Falls, TX / Campers take part in lots of activities in watersports, outdoors, fine arts and sports. 6-18 Overnight Camp Longhorn Burnet, TX / Campers enjoy various outdoor and indoor activities, including swimming, sailing, rock climbing, hiking, and sports. 1st - 10th grade Overnight Kidventure Dallas,nbsp;TX, Houston, TX, and Austin area locations / Kids take part in all kinds of adventure activities, including zip lining, rock climbing, rappelling, and swimming. Day activities also offered. Pre-K-6th Grade Day and Overnight Lonestar Leadership Academy Travel to metropolitan Texas cities / Campers will learn leadership skills and develop friendships with others across the state. 4th-8th Grade Overnight Rocky River Ranch Wimberley, TX / Girls enjoy fun activities like sports, arts and crafts, horseback riding and even a ropes course. Campers choose their own activities and participate in group functions. 7-14 (Girls only) Overnight Variety Camps nbsp; nbsp; nbsp; Country Home Summer Camp Country Home Learning Center / Theme days, arts, and sports activities keep campers busy all day, every day. K-8th Grade Day Extend-a-Care for Kids Various locations across Austin / Campers will be physically and mentally engaged through activities like sports, cooking, and painting. 5-12 Day Summer Spark Downtown and South Austin / Campers will learn problem solving, confidence, and creativity. K-6th Grade Day YPW Day Camp Central and West Austin locations / Learn the Spanish language and culture while having fun and making friends 3-12 Day
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Photo courtesy of Todd Dwyer on Flickr. CC BY-SA 2.0 May in Austin is a month filled with festivals and fun Start the month off sampling delicious Mexican food from over 50 vendors at Taste of Mexico, or support young entrepreneurs by purchasing lemonade on Lemonade Day. The biannual Pecan Street Festival is back to host local artists downtown, and local favorite tradition Blues on the Green starts off strong on May 23. Make the most of May and check out everything happening this month Event Date Location / Time Website Taste of Mexico May 2 Brazos Hall / Wednesday from 6 - 9 pm mexic-artemuseumevents.org First Thursday SoCo May 3 South Congress Avenue in Austin / Thursday, most businesses open until at least 10 pm 365thingsaustin.com First Thursday Buda May 3 Downtown Buda / Thursday from 5 - 8 pm ci.buda.tx.us First Saturday at Altas Cafe May 5 Altas Cafe / Saturday, 10 am - 2 pm altascafe.com Lemonade Day Austin May 5 Saturday, Venues and Times Vary lemonadeday.org Central TX Congenital Heart Walk May 5 Travis County Expo Center / Saturday from 8 am - 12 pm congenitalheartwalk.org Lago Fest 2018 May 5 Bar-K Park, Lago Vista / Saturday from 12 - 9 pm lagofest.com 8th Annual Derby Day May 5 Four Seasons Austin / Saturday from 2 - 6 pm fourseasons.com Pecan Street Spring Arts Festival May 5 - 6 East 6th Street in Austin / Saturday and Sunday, Times Vary pecanstreetfestival.org Laissez Fair Vintage Market May 6 Space 24 Twenty on The Drag / Sunday from 11 am - 4 pm laissezfairtx.com 5th Annual Sunshine Run May 6 Town Lake / Sunday at 9 am ymblgiving.org Finding Euphoria Fest May 11 - 13 Carson Creek Ranch / Dates and Times Vary euphoriafest.com Waller Creek Conservancy Field Day May 12 Palm Park / Saturday from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm wallercreek.org Touch-A-Truck May 12 Camp Mabry in Austin / Saturday from 10 am - 3 pm safeaustin.org Complimentary Chocolate Tastings and Mimosa Bar May 13 Delysia Chocolatier / Sunday from 12 - 5 pm delysia.com West Austin Studio Tour May 13 - 14 amp; 20 - 21 Across West Austin / Dates and Times Vary west.bigmedium.org Deustchen Pfest May 18 - 20 Pfluger Park / Dates and Times Vary deutschenpfest.com Festival of Good May 19 Goodnight Ranch / Saturday from 11 am - 3 pm liveatgoodnight.com Blues on the Green May 23 Zilker Park / Wednesday at 8 pm kgsr.com Life Time Tri CapTex May 28 Lady Bird Lake / Monday from 5:30 am - 12 pm captextri.com
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We just released our May 2018nbsp;Newsletter summarizing the how to protest your 2018 property taxes,nbsp;the most recent Austin Real Estate Market statistics, and other news about Austin. To receive our newsletters via email, subscribe today
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Sometimes you get sick of looking at the same yard everyday and feel like you need a refresh, but it can be hard to jump in when it looks so daunting. Fortunately, there are many simple ways to change up your landscaping that can even be accomplished in a single day. See below for our tips on easynbsp;projects to update your landscaping. Create a focal point.nbsp;A large garden or excessive landscaping can be overwhelming at first glance. By creating a display that purposefully stands out and draws the viewers eye,nbsp;you can ensure that theyre focusing on what you want them to, even if there are a lot of pieces. Bright, flowering bushes or lovely perennials are a great way to grab attention in what might be a sea of grass and evergreens. Make a flagstone wall.nbsp;Making a small wall under a foot tall is an easy project, requiring just a few materials (stones, gravel/sand, and a digging tool) and some time out of your day Choose stones with a consistent thickness so the wall is uniform throughout, and choose a stone that splits easily into slabs, like limestone, sandstone, or shale. To make it look its best, save the thickest and prettiest stones for the top layer. Build a path.nbsp;One of the easiest and most diverse ways to update your landscaping is to add a pathway. The opportunities are endless: from charming stepping stones, to classic crushed stone or gravel, to sophisticated stone slabs (like those pictured to the left), you can design the path any way you like to fit in with your style and add curb appeal. Considering buying or selling a home innbsp;the Austin area? Contact us today for expert advice on Austin real estate.
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Though some numbers are down from last year, Austin is still seeing a rise in activity in the real estate market. Most counties in Central Texas saw an increase in single-family home sales, with the Austin-Round Rock area up 11 to 2,714 homes sold while the median home price rose 4 to $305,000. Despite the continuous rise in prices, pending sales fornbsp;Marchnbsp;increased by 7. The month ofnbsp;March also yielded an increase in total dollar sales volume to $1.1nbsp;billion. The home inventory level for the Austin area sawnbsp;a slight decreasenbsp;withnbsp;2.2 months of inventory available.nbsp;Check out the newest numbers from the Austin Board of REALTORSreg; fornbsp;March: Marchnbsp;2018 Austin Area Market Statistics 2,714nbsp;single-family homes were sold thisnbsp;March - 11nbsp;more thannbsp;March 2017 The median price of a home increased 4 since lastnbsp;March to $305,000 Total dollar volume of single-family properties sold was $1.1nbsp;billion fornbsp;March 2018, up 18 from last year Decreasenbsp;in the months of inventory since March 2017, settling atnbsp;2.2 months innbsp;Marchnbsp;2018 61nbsp;days spent on the market innbsp;March 2018 compared to 58 days the previous year 5,640nbsp;active listings duringnbsp;March 2018 - down 2 fromnbsp;March 2017 3 decrease in new listings fornbsp;March 2018 for a total of 4,008 listings 7 more pending sales thannbsp;March 2017 with 3,049 innbsp;March 2018 The spring selling season is here, which means the real estate market is getting busier than evernbsp;Whether yoursquo;re lookingnbsp;to buy or sell a home, our experienced agents would love to help you through the process.nbsp;For buyers, ournbsp;Austin home search is the best place to start. Our agents can set up email notifications to help stay on top of the latest homes for sale in your preferred neighborhood. If yoursquo;re thinking about selling, now is a great time to make your move. Our expert agents can help you price your home correctly, market it effectively, and choose the best offer for your sale. Contact us for more information about buying or selling homes in the Austin area.
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Southeast Austin will see big changes at the intersection of East Riverside Drive and South Pleasant Valley Street in the next few years. Los Angeles-based investment firm, Nimes Capital, has plans to rezone a 97 acre site currently occupied by The Ballpark East apartment complex into what they call an urban village, a large area that will be used for housing, workplaces, and retail space. Currently in the rezoning process, Nimes Capital estimates that construction will not begin before 2020, and wont see completion until much later than that; their proposal, yet to be approved by the Austin City Council, plans on building the development in five phases over 25 years. Preliminary plans include 4,709 apartments, 600 hotel rooms, 435,000 square feet for retail space, and 4 million square feet for office space.nbsp;With visions of buildings up to 60 feet tall (or larger in the future) and over 5 million square feet available for development, this new area could come to be a hub similar to downtown Austin and The Domain. Its an exciting time tonbsp;live in Austin Interested in another Austin area? Check out our Austin Neighborhoods Guide to learn more about Austins diversenbsp;communities. No matter where you choose to live in the Austin area, our agents can help you find the home of your dreams. Contact us today for more information about Austin real estate.
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Last year, Austin, TX kicked Denver, CO out of the 1 spot on the U.S. News and World Reports list of Best Places to Live in the U.S. - and this year it maintained its title The list ranks the 125 largest cities in the U.S. based on the job market, quality of life, value, desirability, and net migration. These factors are graded on a 10 point scale and then averaged to get their final score. Austin came in at a whopping 7.7 overall, with its highest number being in net migration - a surprise to no one. Each day, over 150 people move to the Austin area, and the population growth isnt expected to slow down anytime soon. Austin also ranked high on the desirability scale at 8.9. The U.S. News and World Report contributes this to the citys lively music scene, rich history, and plethora of things to do. From a diverse selection of food, over 250 parks and outdoor areas to enjoy, and hosting some of the countrys biggest festivals every year, theres never a dull moment. The city also boasts a low unemployment rate compared to the rest of the country (3.2 vs 4.1), and a consistently strong housing market. Overall, its no surprise that Austin has taken the 1 spot as the best place to live for 2 years in a row, and we expect it to hold its place for many years to come. Looking to make the move to the Austin area? Contact us today for information and expert advice on Austin real estate.
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When it comes to saving money on property taxes, making sure your home is appraised correctly by the taxing authority is one of the most important things you can do. If you feel the appraisal value on your home is too high, you have the right as a homeowner to protest the value. The deadline for filing a protest in Travis County, Williamson County, and Hays County is May 15th, so take some time to read this post and decide whether to take action. What Can You Protest? There are several reasons you may choose to protest your homersquo;s value. Here are a few of the most common: Excessive Value - You believe the value the appraisal district has placed on your home is too high. Incorrect Square Footage - You believe the square footage the district has on file is too high, resulting in a higher appraisal value. Unequal Appraisal - You believe the value the appraisal district has placed on your home is unfair compared to other homes in your neighborhood. Failure to Grant Exemptions - The appraisal district has denied an exemption on your home. Failure to Provide Notice - The appraisal district failed to provide you notice that your home value changed. Check out the FAQ page of the Texas Comptrollerrsquo;s Office to see more reasons you may want to protest the appraisal districts value.Steps to Protest Your Appraisal Value 1) Review Your Appraisal Notice, Data, amp; Determine Whether to ProtestIn 2017, 430,000 appraisal notices were sent out in the Travis Countynbsp;Appraisal Districts jurisdiction alone When you receive your appraisal notice in the mail, it will include all the information about your homersquo;s appraised value, as well as a Notice of Protest Form you will need if you decide to protest the value. Before you file a protest, be sure to: Determine If Its Worth the Effort: Before you go through the effort to protest your tax appraisal, make sure you have a case and that the tax savings you anticipate are worth going after. Even if the savings are small, it may still make sense to protest since each year the taxing authority has the right to increase a homes assessed taxable value up to 10 of the previous years value. Prepare Your Case: If you decide to protest, be sure you are prepared to present the taxing authority with data to support your case. You can search for property values online at the website for your county appraisal district (Travis County, Hays County, or Williamson County). If you purchased your home within the last year and the appraised value is more than your purchase price, your HUD or CD showing what you paid may be sufficient to protest the value - and usually works for the first year you own the home. If you built a custom home and kept great records on your costs, a stack of receipts and bills paid for the construction may be all you need. Otherwise, you can start by reviewing past sales of comparable homes in your area on our website - your REALTORreg; can also help you find recent sales. If the comps support your case, thats enough to file a protest. If none of these options apply, you may need to do a bit more digging to find data favoring your position. You can use surveys, deed records, photos of your homersquo;s condition, damage reports, and any other documents related to your claim as evidence. Lastly, you can also review all the data the appraiser used to assess your homersquo;s value by requesting copies from the district or asking someone from the district to review the valuation with you. 2) File a Notice of Protest with the Appraisal Review BoardThousands ofnbsp;protests are filed each year, and the district expects the number to keep growing. If you decide to move forward with a protest, follow the instructions on how to file your protest form that were included with your appraisal notice; you may even be able to file online (e.g. for Travis County, file online here). The deadline to file your Notice of Protest is May 15th, or 30 days after your appraisal notice is mailed, whichever date is later. 3) Attend an Informal ReviewIn most districts, informal sessions are held where protestors can meet directly with an appraiser to discuss their homersquo;s value. Be sure to bring any documentation supporting your case to this session. Many disputes over home values are solved at this time, though in some years we have seen districts require formal hearings for almost all cases. 4) Plan for your Formal Hearing If the dispute is not resolved, a formal hearing will be scheduled with the Appraisal Review Board (ARB). This governing body is made up of local citizens appointed by the appraisal districtrsquo;s board of directors or local administrative judge. The ARB will send you notice of the time, date, and location of your formal hearing 15 days in advance. Your hearing notice will include information to help you understand the ARBrsquo;s procedures. Note: If you have not already received data supporting the districts case, you have the right to receive this information 14 days prior to your hearing. 5) Present Your Case to the Appraisal Review Board (ARB) Arrive early for your hearing and come prepared with all supporting documentation. Also, be respectful Members of the ARB are people, and your demeanor and presentation style can influence their decision. The ARB will first hear your case, then a representative from the appraisal district will present their case. After all the evidence has been presented, the ARB will discuss the information and take a vote. Once a decision has been reached, the ARB will announce their decision. The results of the hearing will also be sent by mail. 6) File an Appeal if Necessary If you are still unsatisfied with the decision made by the ARB, you may file an appeal with the county district court or the State Office of Administrative Hearings. You may also request a Binding Arbitration. For more information, visit the website of the Texas State Comptroller. So thats the process While it may seem overwhelming, most appeals only take about three hours of your time from start to finish, and our agents are willing to help. If your appraisal doesnt seem right, its definitely worth investigating - you could save money in taxes year after year with one successful protest If you have any questions about your homersquo;s property value, contact us - were happy to assist.
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