Got questions about protesting property taxes???? I recently hosted a lecture by Paul Bettencourt, the former Harris County Tax Assessor/Collector. The audience was made up of a mix of real estate professionals and property owners, who all joined in a lively discussion. Here is the resulting article from the Houston Chronicle....
Class in Session - by the Houston Chronicle
June 5, 2009
"... In his ongoing quest to provide agents and clients of Roger Martin Properties with pertinent information that will be of help in real estate matters, broker/owner Roger Martin recently hosted a function covering Houston market trends and property tax protesting with guest speaker, former Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Paul Bettencourt.
"'Real estate is highly localized, and you may find your new appraisals surprisingly high. I certainly did here in West University,' said Martin, who invited owners of residential and commercial properties and numerous real estate professionals to hear Bettencourt and participate in discussion. Bettencourt said 'the downturn in the economy makes it one of the best years to protest property appraisals...'"
By Jude Patronella, the Houston Chronicle.
Click here to see the full article "Class in Session".
I have to say, even I learned a lot about protesting property taxes at this event!