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real estate taxes

Guess Who’s Buying Up Vacation Homes Like There’s No Tomorrow? The Rich!

By Candy Evans | June 16, 2012 | 2 Comments

Those of us in real estate know that when the housing market plummets,  vacation places plummet the most. Second homes are most often discretionary purchases you wait on until you feel flush with cash. Well, get ready. Realtors say second-home buyers are returning to the store,  shopping from Cape Cod to Lake Tahoe. As I […]

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Winter Spring Summer and Fall, All You Have To Do is Call — Carole King’s Idaho Ranch Now a Blue Light Special

By Candy Evans | August 30, 2011 | 11 Comments

The price has been slashed from $16 million to just $11.5 for this amazing ranch spread one hour and a half north of the sleepy Ketchum/Sun Valley ski community of Hemingway fame. Located in the tiny town of Stanley, Idaho, and how cute is that name? (Not to be Debbie Downer, but Hemingway did commit suicide […]

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Real Estate State of the Union: How Texas Real Estate Will Fare in the Recovery — Did You Say, Real Estate Recovery?

By Candy Evans | June 20, 2011 | Comments Off on Real Estate State of the Union: How Texas Real Estate Will Fare in the Recovery — Did You Say, Real Estate Recovery?

Yes, I did. It ain’t happening overnight, not even next week. But sometime in the year 2013 is the magic number tossed out by the number-crunching experts as the year our real estate market finally recovers. Economists who spoke at the “Mid-year Economic Update” panel at the National Association of Real Estate Editors meeting last week in […]

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The Tax Doctor Is In: What Else Can You Use Besides Comps?

By Candy Evans | May 26, 2011 | 2 Comments

Dear Tax Doctor: What are the typical arguments that the city makes for raising the value of the improvement when there have been no upgrades to the property since the previous evaluation?  Also, what are the best counters to the city arguments other than comps.  Thank you. Christopher McGuire, Vice President, Briggs Freeman | Sotheby’s […]

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The Tax Doctor Is In: Fight for Your Property Values

By Candy Evans | May 25, 2011 | Comments Off on The Tax Doctor Is In: Fight for Your Property Values

A reader writes: We are somewhat new homeowners living in Lake Highlands (75238) where the Dallas CAD has our property values all over the place.  Our home is not updated, except for one bathroom.  We are appraising on the CAD for $215K.  What is frustrating is that my next door neighbor (I have not been […]

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Dallas Real Estate Tax Inequities: Lake Highlands Appraisals All Over the Place

By Candy Evans | May 24, 2011 | Comments Off on Dallas Real Estate Tax Inequities: Lake Highlands Appraisals All Over the Place

A reader writes and the Tax Doc will respond! By the way, if you have NOT received your appraisal in the mail, that means your taxes are unchanged from last year. But you can still go down and try to lower your appraised values. In fact, the Tax Doctor advises it. Hi Candy, We are […]

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