DCAD 0, Yervasi House 1

Soon after we closed on our first house last year, DCAD posted what we thought was an inflated value for our new pad. (Let’s put it this way, if someone had offered us that amount for our home, we would have asked where to sign and called the movers.)  We submitted a protest in June, the linchpin of our argument being that we had just purchased the house for far less than its appraisal value. We received word this weekend that our challenge had been upheld.

No hard feelings, right DCAD? You’ll think of us fondly next year, right??


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11 responses to “DCAD 0, Yervasi House 1”

  1. BF says:

    Stacey, I’m amused that you think DCAD would have hard feelings on this. They just pulled an old trick on you. Since this is a non-disclosure state, they have no idea how much you paid. So they set a really high value in hopes that you will protest and give them the info on the amount that you paid. So not only do they prevent themselves from undervaluing your home, but they get a “comp” for the rest of the neighborhood valuation. Sorry to burst your bubble.

  2. publicnewsense says:

    How can Dallas pave the Trinity River bottoms or build big fancy bridges if people keep putting the taxman through reality checks?

  3. amanda says:

    I’ve heard that they do that to find out what you paid. Back in 2000, I recieved an insane increase of almost 20%, during my meeting, I asked where they got the number from. Turns out they were trolling the MLS. The previous owner listed the house at 90K more than it sold for.

  4. Smito says:

    It’s a non-disclosure state regarding commercial sales not residential.

  5. Spamboy says:

    What you *should* have done is told them that your house was actually an empty parking lot next to the convention center.

  6. Tim says:

    Negative Smito. Texas is non-disclosure for residential (I have no idea about commercial).

  7. A.B. says:

    If you go do the informal protest with DCAD the appraiser will pull your house up on MLS right there on his desktop. If you recently bought, he will look at the purchase price.

  8. DV says:

    Texas is a non disclosure state for both commercial and residential. However, DCAD has access to the MLS, which is why you often see high end homes pulled from the MLS prior to sale. During your protest you can argue for either 1. Unequal appraisal or 2. Incorrect market value. This is a good site for those trying to protest: http://www.poconnor.com

  9. LM says:

    The first year after buying your house, you can only lower the appraisal to your purchase price by bringing in your closing documents. It’s simple to do during an informal hearing.

    The year after that, you can protest to lower the appraisal for other reasons.

    It’s not like DCAD sits around figuring out how to one-up homeowners. But it is your responsibility to protest if you disagree.

    In my experience of protesting informally for 8 years in a row, the DCAD employees are kind, helpful, and more than willing to lower your appraisals if you provide clear documentation supporting your claim. You have to walk in with a solid case. It’s hard to believe it’s a governmental office.

  10. amanda says:

    LM, I sent them 6 notarized copies of my homestead exemption (for Dallas not Collin county.

    It’s very easy to believe they are a government office…they are (fill in an insult here…)

    Only AFTER I sent a certified letter do David Childs directly with documents did my issue get resolved. Mr. Childs called me personally and was very nice, but they don’t care. About you. Your house. Your efforts/time/annoyance.

    So when’s your Christmas party?

  11. Jay says:

    You win this year Stacey, but they will get you either next year of the year after. The DCAD’s goal is to adjust a neighborhood over a 3 year period. The sales data you provided allows them to more accurately establish where homes in your neighborhood should be.

    It’s a bit like a hockey game. You just played a good strong first 20 minutes.