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Vero, Home Buyer in Los Angeles, CA

How do we figure out what the property tax is on a home based on the listing? Is it by zip or street???

Asked by Vero, Los Angeles, CA Sun Mar 23, 2008

Also, it the percentage based on the price of the home, or there another factor?

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You can start here. http://www.Txcountydata.com - This site is a comprehensive online source of property tax information for all Texas counties.
Find your county and enter the address. Hope this helps.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 23, 2008
There are no mileage rates like that in Texas. Each school district has a flat rate. School taxes are then based on that rate per $1000 of the houses APPRAISED value not market value. County taxes and city taxes are figured on the same formula and then all three of those are added together to give you your total tax amount. IF you are located in a Municipal Utility District, there may be a fourth rated figured into the "mix".
People in other states HAVE to realize, TEXAS is a different "country" and what is the norm ever where else, just isn't necessarily so here.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 25, 2008
Vero, even if you know what the taxes are currently that a seller is paying, I caution you that may not be what your taxes are. I am in Michigan so I do not know if it is different or not in your state. However, here the taxes are usually based on about 50% of what you purchase a house for...give or take. Then you multiply the taxable value by the milage rate. You can always ask your real estate agent or title company what the milage rate is based on the area/school district you are in. The title company should be able to give you the most current information though.

I hope this information helps. Best Wishes to you!
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 25, 2008
If you know street number and street name of the property, you can research public record from county appraisal district website. For Harris County (Houston Metro Area), here's the link: http://www.hcad.org/, click on Record Search and select search by "Property Address" under Real Property Search , you'll be prompt to a screen to input street number and name.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 25, 2008
As a licensed Realtor in the State of Texas and the State of Washington I believe that there is an important issue that your previous responses left out. The critical factor for the taxes to be determined is dependent upon whether your state taxes in "ARREARS" or not. The State of Texas does tax in arrears. This means that when you contact the assessors website and look at the taxes that are due, this is for the year prior. States that do not tax in arrears show the current due for this year based on the current years assessed value. The State of Texas reassesses property each year and has the new assessed value usually by May 31st. The tax due on that amount is payable in the following January. So be careful in determining the taxes due in arrears states especially on new construction. I can certainly help you if there is still confusion. Regards August
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 23, 2008
Go to the appraisal district website of the county where the home is located. The on-line tax information should break down the precentages for the different tax rates. The three major taxes are city, county, and school district. In the DFW area they generally total between 3% and 4% of the value assessed by the county to the home.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 23, 2008
The realtor, or loan officer can assist in that info. You can also review the tax appraisal from the prior year is a good indication, you are correct not all listings in MLS reflect the accurate info.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 23, 2008
If you know the address of the property, you should be able to find the last year's taxes (2007) by doing an address search on the Harris County Appraisal District's website. On the main page you should also be able to be directed to an area where it will show what the basic tax rate is for the district. HOWEVER, depending on several other variable (i.e school district, utility district, ect.) there will be an additional rate (figured on per $1000 of home) which will determine you actual UNEXEMPT tax. Homestead exemption can be filled the January after you close on a home.
Harris County's Tax website is: http://www.hcad.org.
Hope this helped and didn't totally confuse you. God Bless and Happy Easter.
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