County Appraisal Process

July 26, 2022

An appraisal is a written estimate of a home or property’s value based on current market conditions. In Texas, each county has an established appraisal district that is responsible for appraising all real and business personal property within that district. Keep reading to discover how the county appraisal process works in Texas.  County Appraisals in…

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Property Tax Loan Calculator

June 27, 2022

If you’re looking for an affordable option to pay off your Texas property taxes, a property tax loan could be a great fit for your needs. At Johnson & Starr, we offer loans that save homes. Our property tax loans are customized to fit your unique situation and can be flexible to adapt to nearly…

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Central Appraisal District (CAD) and Tax Collector: What is the Difference?

June 8, 2022

If you pay property taxes in Texas, you may have heard the term Central Appraisal District or CAD for short. What does CAD mean and how is it different from a tax collector? Keep reading to learn more.  Central Appraisal District (CAD)  According to the Comptroller of Texas, appraisal districts are responsible for “appraising property…

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Texas Property Tax Penalty and Interest Chart

June 6, 2022

In Texas, you are considered delinquent if your property tax bill remains unpaid by February 1st of the tax year. Once delinquent, you are subject to a 7% penalty and from there interest and penalties continue with one of the largest penalties coming in July for most counties. Every month that you’re still past due,…

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Texas Property Tax Resources

May 20, 2022

From understanding how your tax bill is calculated, to determining if you qualify for a tax exemption, the property tax system in Texas can be confusing and sometimes difficult to understand. So, we’ve decided to share some helpful texas property tax resources and legal information for Texas property owners.  Appraisals  If you are looking to…

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texas tax lien foreclosure

What to Know About Tax Lien Foreclosure in Texas

May 18, 2022

A tax lien foreclosure, which uses the judicial foreclosure process, can happen when a homeowner does not pay their delinquent property taxes. In order to recover the debt, the local government can file a legal claim against the homeowner and has the right to seize and sell their home.  Texas is known for having some…

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Texas home property tax deferral

What Are Property Tax Deferrals? 

May 6, 2022

If you’re a Texas homeowner, chances are you’re familiar with property taxes, but what is a property tax deferral, and who qualifies? A property tax deferral allows you to put off paying your property taxes for a certain period. It’s important to note that a property tax deferral does not mean you’ll never have to…

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how to protest property taxes in texas

How to Protest Your Property Tax in Texas

May 3, 2022

Like many Texas homeowners this year, you may have been caught off-guard by the increase in property taxes. With these increases being as much as 10%, many Texans are looking for ways to help lower their costs. Protesting your property tax is an important option to explore and can save you several hundred to several…

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A Brief History of the Texas Property Tax

April 26, 2022

Property tax is the annual amount paid by property owners based on the value of their residential property or business. In Texas, the property tax is used locally to help pay for schools, streets, roads, police, fire protection, and many other services. Since Texas uses these property taxes to fund local communities, the state itself…

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Paying Taxes on an Inherited Property in Texas

Paying Taxes on an Inherited Property in Texas

April 19, 2022

Inheriting a property can be a complicated and overwhelming process, especially if there are taxes owed on the home. From federal estate taxes to property taxes—there are different laws and tax exemptions depending on the state. Here is a quick guide to help you navigate paying taxes on an inherited property in Texas: Capital gains…

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