State Rep. Victoria Neave’s Abrams Road Property Headed for Auction Block

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NeaveShe’s made a name for being an effective legislator since beginning her career in the Texas legislature after winning against Kenneth Sheets in 2016, but State Rep. Victoria Neave is getting some attention now for something entirely different — her delinquent property taxes.

Neave represents District 107, which includes parts of East Dallas and Mesquite.

We reported earlier this year that Neave owed Dallas County for back taxes on her Abrams Road property, and Richardson ISD later filed documentation that Neave owed that entity almost $24,000, bringing her total delinquent tab to more than $50,000. 

Now it seems the property, located at 8580 Abrams Road, may be sold on the Dallas County courthouse steps in October, according to the notice of trustees sale. ran across an initial notice filed on June 2 that had originally set the date as August 6. However, since we could not authenticate that notice on the Dallas County website, we sought to do so with one of the trustees.

“Property is now posted for the October 1, 2019 foreclosure sale,” Michael Burns, an attorney with Bonial & Associates, wrote in an email. “The sale described on what you forwarded (posting for the August 6, 2019 foreclosure sale) will not go forward.”

When Dallas County sued Neave for the delinquent taxes, her ex-fiance Mark Scott Jr. as a co-defendant. He is also listed as the co-grantor in the sale notice.

In February, Scott denied he still owned the property. County property tax records show the last change of deed was recorded in 2011, when Neave and Scott purchased the home. The two likely took advantage of a provision that shields prosecutors and elected officials from being named on publically accessible property records for security reasons.

However, the lawsuit made the address public. Neave declined an interview request, a Texas Monitor article said, but said via email, “Despite my best efforts to make payments, I take full responsibility for being in arrears. I am expediting the process to put the house back on the market and am working on settling the past due balance as soon as possible.”

According to state financial documents, Neave’s current steady source of income is her law firm and her state legislative salary. State legislators make $600 per month, plus a per diem of $190 every day the legislature is in session. That equates to $33,800 per year when the lege is in session.

Earlier this month, we wrote about Neave’s house once again hitting the market, with a list price of $750,000. MLS records show that the home has been on the market in 2015 and 2017, each time with the listing expiring before the property was sold. Initially priced at nearly $1.5 million, it was eventually reduced in price over the intervening years to $750,000.


Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson lives in a 1961 Fox and Jacobs home with her husband, a second-grader, and Conrad Bain the dog. If she won the lottery, she'd by an E. Faye Jones home. She's taken home a few awards for her writing, including a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Online News Association, the Education Writers Association, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and the Society of Professional Journalists. She doesn't like lima beans or the word moist.

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