I was offered a very good price to purchase 2 ac in Atascosa, Texas that includes an old, run-down mobile home. The mobile home is appraised at $405 yet the land is appraised at $30k ($15k/ac) for total property taxes of $750. This may not seem high but the area is all mobile homes and there is a nicer 2 ac lot adjacent to mine that is a tree and plant nursery with a commercial appraisal at $29k !! This makes no sense to me. Since it is already on record as being appraised at $30k, is it even possible to challenge it after I buy it? In other words, would the appraisal district view this as "sorry, buyer beware, you should have done your homework before you bought it" ? Is it expensive to hire an attorney to challenge this?
You can hire an attorney or service to challenge your taxes after you make the purchase. Some will have contingency fee options.
You'll need to challenge the tax assessment with HCAD, and you should be successful when you produce your Contract of Purchase and Sale, and Settlement Statement. You may learn about the process here: http://hcad.org/assets/uploads/pdf/forms/GTA-IAD-001.pdf.
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