Texas Property Tax Appraisal Appeals Attorney

Property tax appraisal appeals focus on contesting the appraised values assigned to properties by local taxing authorities. These valuations can sometimes be inflated or inaccurate, leading to disproportionately high property tax assessments. Navigating the appraisal appeal process is critical for ensuring a fair and equitable tax burden. 

For over 25 years, Michael Saegert has focused on property tax law. Working previously for the Harris County Appraisal District and now representing property owners has allowed a deep understanding of Texas law and a strategic approach to every case. With real-world experience as a seasoned attorney, these skills have resulted in securing favorable outcomes for clients facing unjust appraisal valuations. 

Contact us today to learn how we can assist you. Based in Houston, Texas, and serving clients across the state, Michael is here to help you achieve a fair property appraisal. We'll work together to protect your financial interests. Consultations are always free. 

Do You Have a Case?

Knowing whether you have grounds for a property tax appraisal appeal begins with understanding the accuracy and fairness of your property's assessed value. Here are a few key indicators that might suggest you need to contest your property appraisal: 

  1. Comparison with similar properties: Check the appraised values of similar properties in your neighborhood. If your property's appraised value is significantly higher than comparable properties, this discrepancy may indicate an inflated valuation. 

  1. Error in property description: Review the assessment details to ensure there are no errors in the description of your property. Mistakes such as incorrect square footage, number of rooms, or property condition can lead to an inaccurate appraisal. 

  1. Recent property sales: If you have recently purchased your property, compare the purchase price with the appraised value. A substantial difference may be grounds for an appeal, as the purchase price is often a strong indicator of market value. 

  1. Changes in market conditions: Be aware of changes in the local real estate market. Economic downturns or declining property values can affect the fair market value of your property and may not be reflected in the appraised value issued by the taxing authority. 

  1. Exemptions and deductions: Ensure all applicable exemptions and deductions have been applied. Missing out on these could result in a higher property tax burden than necessary. 

If any of these factors apply to your property, you may have grounds for an appraisal appeal. Consulting with a knowledgeable property tax attorney can further clarify your situation and improve your chances of a successful appeal. 

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Understanding the Appraisal Appeals Process 

The appraisal appeals process was designed to ensure that property owners can contest the valuation assessments assigned by local taxing authorities. Here’s a step-by-step outline of what you can expect when you decide to challenge an appraisal: 

  1. Initial assessment review: This evaluation aims to identify discrepancies or errors that might have led to an inflated assessment. An experienced property tax attorney can offer a comprehensive analysis and gather evidence that supports a fair market value. 

  2. Filing a protest: If discrepancies are found, the next step is to file a formal protest with the appropriate appraisal review board (ARB). This filing must typically be done within a set timeframe, which varies by jurisdiction. Missing this deadline can result in losing the right to appeal for that tax year. 

  3. Preparation and evidence gathering: Successfully contesting an appraisal requires robust evidence. This can include comparable property sales, independent appraisals, photographs, and documentation of any unique features or issues affecting your property's value. Your attorney will guide you in compiling and presenting this evidence effectively. 

  4. Appraisal review board hearing: During this hearing, you or your attorney will present your case, showcasing the evidence that supports a lower valuation. The taxing authority's representative will also present their justification for the assessed value. 

  5. ARB decision: After evaluating the presented evidence, the ARB will issue a decision. If they agree that the valuation was too high, they will adjust it accordingly, which can result in a lower property tax obligation. 

  6. Judicial / Arbitration appeal (if necessary): If the ARB's decision is unfavorable, you can take the case to a judicial review. This involves filing a lawsuit in district court to seek a more favorable appraisal.  As an alternative, you may file for arbitration with the appraisal district, which may be more cost-effective but is final and does not provide for discovery as with a lawsuit.

You will likely stand a better chance of achieving a fair and accurate property valuation, which can lead to significant savings on your property taxes. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you through the appraisal appeals process.  

Why Partner With Us?

Engaging in the property tax appraisal appeal process involves meticulously scrutinizing appraisal valuations and presenting compelling cases to appraisal review boards. Our attorney, Michael Saegert, uses his extensive experience and comprehensive knowledge of property tax law to challenge inflated appraisals effectively.  

Our approach to property tax appraisal appeals is grounded in a set of core principles: 

  • The cornerstone of our practice is the attorney-client relationship. We believe our clients' interests as central to our success, demonstrating unwavering loyalty and fairness to ensure you remain our primary focus throughout your representation. 

  • Accurate and robust communication are essential for optimal and cost-effective decision-making. We facilitate proactive communication through email, phone, and text messaging, ensuring timely and responsive interactions that build trust and resolve conflicts efficiently. 

  • Embracing innovative technology is crucial for exceptional legal representation. We leverage advanced computer systems, specialized legal and accounting software, a comprehensive Document Management System (DMS), and a Client Relationship Management (CRM) system to minimize costs, expedite case matters, and deliver superior results

  • Knowledge stems from experience. Our extensive experience is invaluable, and we stay on top of the latest developments in property tax law through active participation in legal associations, professional courses, and networking with other industry experts. 

Our firm—Michael Saegert, Attorney at Law—is dedicated to serving Texas residents from Houston to El Paso, including the areas of Pasadena, Sugar Land, The Woodlands, Beaumont, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, and more. Contact us today to set up a free consultation and take the first step toward resolving your property tax appraisal concerns. 

Texas Property Tax Appraisal Appeal Lawyer

With over 25 years of experience, our attorney understands how to address various property tax issues, including appraisal appeals. Located in Houston and serving clients across the state, our firm emphasizes a client-focused approach, proactive communication, cutting-edge technology, and continual learning. By combining personalized services with a strategic approach, we do everything we can to ensure our clients receive effective and tailored property tax solutions. Call us today to get started.