Now's the season for tax appraisal protests in Texas.
My neighbors are really feeling the pinch.
My husband was approved for 100% VA disability 3 years ago, and in this district that makes us 100% exempt from property taxes for the rest of both of our lives. Well, if he dies first, I will have that exemption up to the amount the tax was in the year of the death, and I have to stay within the state of Texas of course.
If it wasn't for that, I'm pretty sure we'd have to move.
In Austin, property values are always going up, up, up.
In addition, and this infuriates me on behalf of my neighbors, a house has been built across the street my me that is on the market for...hope you're sitting down....$1.75 MILLION.
That is so far out of line with the rest of the houses around it, it isn't even funny.
In fact, while the house was being built, 2 people came by while I was outside, and I thought they were looking to buy it. I started talking to them, and learned it was the realtor, and the architect.
I looked them straight in the eye and said "Do you have any idea how much you are screwing over so many families in this neighborhood? This house doesn't belong here, it doesn't fit at all. " They just did not give a ****. All they want is their money.
They had an open house maybe 2 weeks ago, and I checked out the interior. My opinion of it is even lower now. It's a cold, hard modernistic monster with no personality or warmth at all.
They could have built 3 townhouses in the same area, whose's total value would have been around that 1.75 mil, and been able to house 3 families at a reasonable, appropriate for the neighborhood, price.
Instead, people who work hard and have 1, 2 or 3 kids are going to suffer.