2018 Appraisals: Should you protest?

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BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - People living in Brazos County can expect receiving their 2018 appraisal in the mail in the coming days. The Brazos Central Appraisal District mailed out the most recent valuations of property last Friday.

For the past decade, local appraisal officials and realtors indicate that the valuations have been on a steady rise for the past decade.

"We look at sales in the individual property's neighborhood," says Mark Price, Chief Appraiser at the Brazos Central Appraisal District. "To see how those compare to last years value."

Higher valuation means higher property taxes for residents. That's why Price says he receives around ten thousand property valuation protests every year.

However, Price says it is important for people to contest the appraisal if they feel it is necessary.

"We value sixty-five or sixty-eight thousand residential properties a year and we do it in a mass appraisal method," says Price. "We don't do it like a bank where we do a fee appraisal on an individual property. Some are going to be a little high while some are going to be a little low. That's what this time of year is all about."

Price says people should do some research before contesting, and local realtors agree.

"See exactly what homes are running for in your neighborhood," says realtor Cherry Ruffino. "A realtor can run you a quick search and let you know that. You can compare it to what the appraisal district is saying what your home is worth."

Ruffino urges that people take images and document all of the damages to their property before presenting their case to the appraisal district.

"If you take the right steps and you do your homework and provide the county with comparable numbers and the condition of your home, then yest they will reconsider."

If you hope to protest your appraisal you have less time than in years past. The deadline for contesting is May 15th, while last year it was until May 30th. The state legislature pushed the deadline forward during the last legislative session.

If you have not received your appraisal in the mail you can see check your valuation out at the Brazos Central Appraisal District's website.