Take heart, all those protesting their property values before DCAD‘s Appraisal Review Board. I think they’ll knock some off your total just for showing up. That’s what seemed to happen yesterday, after my hastily prepared “comparable values” study for our neighborhood left the hearing board unimpressed. At that, the DCAD guy displayed some actual recent sales comps; they placed our home’s proposed value at the rock-bottom end of a $30,000 spread. Then–and I’m not complaining here–the board voted to slice $6,000 off the total anyway. DCAD hearings will continue through mid-July.