Property Taxes

Dallas County Tax Assessor John Ames’ Property Taxes Went DOWN for 2016 in DeSoto

By Candy Evans / June 1, 2016 / 15 Comments

Update, 4:09 pm: there IS a good, well, a very bad reason why John Ames had such a low appraisal: his home burned down! Details coming up. I love our Dallas County Tax Assessor John R. Ames, I really do. I’ve met him, I voted for him, just love the guy. I think he’s doing […]

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Property Taxes: Garbage In, Garbage Out at Dallas Central Appraisal District

By Jon Anderson / May 27, 2016 / 8 Comments

Several weeks ago I wrote a pair of columns (here and here) about how the core math of Texas property taxes is fundamentally broken (and always has been).  While, A+B=C, if “A” is patently wrong, how can “B” and “C” be accurate? In this case, “A” is assessed property value, “B” is property tax rate and “C” […]

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14% Increase Coming In Dallas County? Texas Has Fifth Highest Property Tax Burden in the USA

By Candy Evans / April 29, 2016 / 11 Comments

Your tax appraisals are supposed to be in the mail today, which means we will all be drinking a lot tomorrow. “The average increase for almost every homeowner will be around 14%, is what we have heard,” says our Tax Doctor, Rob Wheelock. Why? “Look at Case-Shiller and sales, look at what you have been […]

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Jon Anderson: Tax Dodging and The Black Hole of Property Tax Valuations

By Jon Anderson / March 29, 2016 / 13 Comments

Get caught up and read part one of Jon Anderson’s Property Tax series here. Tax Dodging 101 Every Realtor I have asked has completely agreed with this statement, “The more expensive a home, the less accurate DCAD’s valuations are.”  The translation here is that the wealthier you are, the more able you are to pay taxes […]

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Texas Has the Fifth-Highest Property Taxes in the Nation, But Do We Get What We Pay For?

By Joanna England / March 10, 2016 / 7 Comments

Texas rests in real estate tax ignominy, coming in fifth in WalletHub’s 2016 ranking of state property tax rates at 1.97 percent, though our media home value is the lowest of similarly taxed states at $131,400. We’re coming in behind No. 1 New Jersey (, No. 2 Illinois, No. 3 New Hampshire, and No. 4 Wisconsin. […]

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From the Archives: Buying New Versus Preowned Houses Infographic

By Leah Shafer / December 21, 2015 / 1 Comment

As the Dallas-Fort Worth area grows and suburbs develop, many people wonder about the advantages of buying a new versus preowned house. We’ve put together a handy infographic for you, outlining the advantages of each. What’s your opinion?    

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