2023 Cheat Sheet for Texas Property Tax Dates & Deadlines

Here is your annual cheat sheet for property tax dates and deadlines for homeowners.

January 31: Last day to pay previous years’ property taxes without penalty and interest. If you have a mortgage most lenders collect the property taxes each month, hold it in escrow, then pay the tax bill on your behalf each year. If you are unsure contact your mortgage lender. Note: Failure to receive a property tax statement does not waive penalty and interest.

Mid-April: Tax assessor mails appraised value and property taxes for the current year.

May 15: Last day to file a protest for property taxes with the Appraisal Review Board (ARB).

October 1: Tax assessor mails tax bills for the year. Note: Failure to receive a property tax statement does not waive penalty and interest.

County-specific resources are below:

IMPORTANT: Don’t get scammed! Learn how homeowners are getting defrauded with fake property tax debts or fees for services.

Have questions about the property tax dates and deadlines or need other assistance from an experienced real estate agent? Let’s chat!

When Are Property Tax Bills Mailed in Texas?

Starting in October the tax assessors are beginning to mail property tax bills for the year which is due in full by January 31 to avoid costly late fees. Note: Failure to receive a property tax statement does not waive penalty and interest.

Your property tax dollars are used to fund community services such as:

  • Public schools
  • Infrastructure projects
  • Police and fire departments
  • And other local services

The tax rates set by local elected officials at your school district, county commissioners court, and city council every year help determine how much your property tax bill will be.

Texas REALTORS® works to fight for laws that make property taxes fairer and more transparent. To learn more about property taxes, visit https://knowyourtaxes.org/.

County-specific resources are below:

IMPORTANT: Don’t get scammed! Learn how homeowners are getting defrauded with fake property tax debts or fees for services.

July 2022 Houston Real Estate Market Update

“The frenetic pace of home sales that dominated the Houston housing market throughout most of the pandemic continues to slow.” – Houston Association of REALTORS®

Single-family homes:
• Single-family home sales fell 17.1 year-over-year, their fourth and biggest decline of 2022 as the market continues on the path toward a more normalized, pre-pandemic pace
• Days on Market (DOM) for single-family is 26
• The ‘Close to Original List Price Ratio’ for single-family homes fell below 100 percent for the first time since April 2022, meaning that most buyers did not pay above list price for homes on the market
• The single-family average price rose 9.9 percent to $426,494

Townhomes/Condominiums
• Townhome/condominium sales experienced their second consecutive monthly decline, falling 21.5 percent, with the average price up 5.0 percent to $257,834

Additional Reads:

Housing economists: Mortgage-rate volatility likely to level off even with Federal Reserve interest-rate hikes
Houston ranks No. 2 on list of most million-dollar homes in Texas in new study

Have a real estate question or thinking about buying or selling a home in the Houston area?

Cheat Sheet for Chambers County Property Tax Dates & Deadlines

Here’s the cheat sheet for Chambers County property tax dates and deadlines for homeowners.

IMPORTANT: Don’t get scammed! Learn how homeowners are getting defrauded with fake property tax debts or fees for services.

January 1: Apply for homestead exemptions to reduce property taxes.

  • Click here to begin your Chambers County homestead exemption application.

January 31: Last day to pay previous years’ property taxes without penalty and interest. If you have a mortgage most lenders collect the property taxes each month, hold it in escrow, then pay the tax bill on your behalf each year. If you are unsure contact your mortgage lender.

May 16: Last day to file a protest for property taxes with the Appraisal Review Board (ARB).

  • Click here to begin a Chambers County property tax protest application.

October 1: Tax assessor mails tax bills for the year. You can view the statement online at the Chambers County Tax Payments page.

You deserve to know how your property taxes are set

Top 10 Reasons People Love Living in the Houston Area

Narrowing down the limitless reasons to the top 10 reasons people love living in the Houston area was tough. I asked many of my former clients, lots of friends and family, and other acquaintances around the community to get their thoughts. Here are the reasons in no particular order.

  1. The location – There are 4 major cities in Texas – Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin – but Houston is the only major coastal city.
  2. The food – Some of the best restaurants in the world are located in the area.
  3. The diversity
    • The Houston metro area has approximately 7.2 million people and ranks 95 out of 100 for diversity according to bestneighborhood.org.
  4. The culture
    • Houston is a multicultural city with a thriving international community supported by the third largest concentration of consular offices in the United States, representing 86 nations. In addition to historical Southeast Texas culture, Houston became the fourth-most populous city in the United States. (Culture of Houston Wiki)
  5. The housing options
    • No other major Texas city has the variety of housing options. There are beach homes, townhouses, condos, lakefront homes, gated golf course communities, multi-family residences, and acreage homes just to name a few.
  6. The employment options
    • Though almost every job exists in the area, Houston is medical, engineering, aerospace, and petroleum hub. Top employers include Memorial Hermann Health System, Houston Methodist, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Shell Oil.
  7. The two major airports
    • William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) is located in south Houston. George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) is located in north Houston.
    • Fun fact: There is a 3rd airport called Ellington Airport. It supports the operations of the United States Military and NASA. It is also the home of the hugely popular annual Wings Over Houston Airshow.
  8. The entertainment and events
    • Every day in the Houston area is filled with things to do. There are professional sports teams including football and basketball. There are venues throughout the metro area that regularly host concerts, family shows, and plays. There are 19 museums in the Museum District, 55-acre Houston Zoo, and NASA Space Center.
  9. The schools
  10. The lifestyle options
    • Whether you’re looking to be the center of the downtown nightlife, more laid back in the suburbs, or on island time on the coast, we have it all and everything in between.

Thinking about buying or selling in the Houston area and want a local on your side through the process?

Essential Guide for Preparing for Hurricane Season & Severe Weather

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Having an essential guide for preparing for hurricane season and emergency weather is important to avoid last-minute panic. Most people wait until there is bad weather alert to prepare but then it is too late. Supplies are scarce. Stores are crowded. Streets are jammed with traffic. Gas stations have lines miles long. Avoid the chaos by staying prepared for severe weather.

After an emergency you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for several days. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

Make sure your emergency kit is stocked with the items on the checklist below. Once you take a look at the basic items consider what unique needs your family might have, such as supplies for pets or seniors.

Consider adding the following items to your emergency supply kit based on your individual needs:

  • Masks (for everyone ages 2 and above), soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes to disinfect surfaces
  • Prescription medications. About half of all Americans take a prescription medicine every day. An emergency can make it difficult for them to refill their prescription or to find an open pharmacy. Organize and protect your prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, and vitamins to prepare for an emergency.
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
  • Prescription eyeglasses and contact lens solution
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes and diaper rash cream
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler’s checks
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

After assembling your kit remember to maintain it so it’s ready when needed:

  • Keep canned food in a cool, dry place.
  • Store boxed food in tightly closed plastic or metal containers.
  • Replace expired items as needed.
  • Re-think your needs every year and update your kit as your family’s needs change.

A Seller’s Market vs A Buyer’s Market Explained

A seller’s market vs a buyer’s market impacts the homebuying process greatly. How soon to tour a home or the strategy to make an offer is dictated by the real estate market conditions. Below is a clear and simple chart explaining the difference and how it impacts the approach to home buying and home selling.

Buyer’s MarketSeller’s Market
There are more sellers wanting to sell their home than there are buyers wanting to purchase a home.There are more buyers wanting to purchase a home than there are sellers wanting to sell their home.
Buyers have an advantage in negotiations because there is fierce competition amongst sellers and little competition with other buyers.Sellers have an advantage in negotiations because there is fierce competition amongst buyers and little competition with other sellers.
Homes sell slowly and less likely to have multiple offers.Homes sell very fast and often get multiple offers.
Few homes are sold “as-is” because sellers need to make homes enticing to attract buyers.There is an increase in homes sold “as-is” because sellers know there are few options for buyers.
Sellers are more likely to be flexible with buyer contingencies. Contingencies may not necessarily weaken the offer.Sellers are less likely to be flexible with buyer contingencies. Removing contingencies strengthens an offer.
Homes tend to sell for list price or less than list price.Homes tend to sell for thousands above list price.
Lower likelihood that your first offer will be rejected.Higher likelihood that your first offer (or several set of offers) will be rejected.

Thinking about buying or selling a home in the Houston area and want a local to guide you through the process?

3 Best Neighborhoods for Golf Lovers in League City, Texas

The 3 best neighborhoods for golf lovers in League City, Texas were chosen for having properties located on the golf course and easy access to the golf club.

#3 Marina Bay Park

Marina Bay Park in League City, Texas is known for its tree-lined streets and picturesque homes. Most homes were built in the early 1990s with median square footage of 3,012 sqft. A select amount of homes are located on the course managed by the Sough Shore Harbour Golf Club.

#2 Magnolia Creek

Magnolia Creek in League City, Texas has the newest homes of the neighborhoods on the list. Homes were built in the early 2000s with new homes still being built. Magnolia Creek is located west of I-45 on West League City Parkway (also called Highway 96). Many of the Magnolia Creek homes are located on the golf course managed by the Magnolia Creek Golf Club.

#1 South Shore Harbour

When most people in the area think of luxury living on the golf course they think of the highly sought-after gated community South Shore Harbor in League City. There are many prestigious stately homes located on the golf course of South Share Harbour Country Club.

How to Protest Property Taxes in Texas

Homeowners can protest property taxes in Texas with their appraisal district each year to reduce property taxes. You should make it a yearly effort to protest your property value taxes. Protesting your taxes could save you several hundred to several thousand dollars over time.

Why Is Tax-assessed Value Different Than Market Value?
The tax-assessed value is what your county believes your property is worth. The county attempts to set its values at a market value. However, they do not evaluate comparables nor do they perform an individual market analysis on every home. The county simply values your home according to the area, not the house. Meaning, the value may be too high or too low, depending on the size, location, amenities, and condition of the specific home.

How Do you Determine your Market Value to Protest Property Taxes?
You can determine your home’s market by unlocking home sale prices by downloading the HAR app and assessing comparables in your neighborhood. You can also use our Property Valuation Tool to determine a rough estimate of your home’s market value. Contact Candice if you need help understanding market information, collecting information from neighbors who have recently purchased their homes, or contracting a company that specializes in assisting with tax assessor valuation protests.

Should you Appeal your Property Valuation?
If the market value on your home is lower than your tax assessed value, then you should appeal. If the market value is higher, then you should not appeal.

When Should you Receive your Property Valuation and How Long Do you Have to Appeal?
The County Appraisal Districts began mailing property valuations in early April. Homeowners have until May 15 (the date is extended if it falls on a holiday) or 30 days from the date they receive their valuation to appeal.

How to Protest Property Taxes
If you believe your property valuation is higher than the current market value, you should appeal your taxes. When people don’t appeal, the taxing authority accepts that their value is correct which affects all homeowners in a given area. By appealing the assessed value, we all help keep our real estate taxing authority valuations in line with market value.

  • Click here to begin a Brazoria County property tax protest application.
  • Click here to begin a Fort Bend County property tax protest application.
  • Click here to begin a Galveston County property tax protest application.
  • Click here to begin a Harris County property tax protest application.
  • Click here to begin a Montgomery County property tax protest application.

After you have filed, it can take weeks for the Appraisal District to schedule your informal hearing.


At the hearing: The purpose of the informal hearing is for you to present your evidence and facts to support your claim that they have over-valued your property.


Present Your Evidence
The following information can be helpful to present at the hearing:

  • Comparable Market Analysis: A comparable market analysis looks at Market Value and shows recent sales for homes that are similar to yours in size, age, location and type of construction. Use our website to unlock home sale prices and find comparables in your neighborhood.
  • Documentation Regarding Your Home’s Condition: Do you have foundation issues? Plumbing problems? Anything that would adversely affect the Market Value of your home should be documented. Take photographs and bring them with you to your hearing.
  • Documentation Regarding Your Home’s Location: Once again, anything that would adversely affect the Market Value of your home is evidence that you can use in your appeal. (ie: if home backs up to a busy street – consider printing off a Google map to document your location.)
  • Recently Purchased Homes: If you purchased your home in the last several months, and the purchase price was lower than your appraised value, bring a copy of your settlement statement.


Things to Keep in Mind for the Day of your Hearing

  • The Appraisal District is responsible for setting the appraised value, they have nothing to do with the tax rate.
  • You are not going to the hearing to protest your tax rate or how much you are paying in taxes, you are only appealing the county’s assessed value of your home.
  • Be polite and courteous.
  • Bring an extra copy of your supporting documentation to leave with the county.