Rising Home Values Mean Rising Property Taxes in Williamson County

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iStock_000000467620Medium (1)The Austin American Statesman reported on April 21st that appraisal notices to owners in Williamson County represented a 10.6 percent increased value for homes in the past year.  A year ago, home values jumped just 2 percent on average.  The average market value for homes in Williamson County is $214,682 this year compared to $194,072 in 2013.  Even though home values are highest in Cedar Park, Georgetown and Round Rock, home values in Taylor, Hutto and Leander all significantly increased.

Property owners have until June 2nd – or 30 days after the notice has been mailed – to protest the appraised values.  If you are considering a challenge to your property tax amount, you need to do two things right away:

1.Essentially, if the market value on your home is lower than your tax-assessed value, then you should appeal. If the market value is higher, do nothing. How do you determine your market value? Use the Texas Open Door Realty Market Snapshot to get an online evaluation of your home using real-time data from the Central Texas/Austin MLS.  Since Texas is a nondisclosure state, meaning sales prices are not made public, this is information normally only available to you from a Realtor.  We are happy to set up a customized report for you.  Or, if you want to set up the report yourself, here’s the link.   What’s My Home Worth?

2.  Consult the Williamson County Appraisal District website and carefully read about the process for your protest.  Here’s the link:  http://www.wcad.org/

3.  We are available at any time to help you interpret the data or give you additional information.  Let us know if we can help!

Sondra/April, 2014

 

 

 

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