How I can lower my Property Taxes? It's better to pay your house off then making a monthly payment?

Asked by Gorgihanna, Pflugerville, TX Sun Sep 18, 2011

Hi? My name is Dean I live in Pflugerville, TX, and My home size is 136,00 SQ. I bought my house at the end of 2008, my house price was 145,00, I paid my Property Taxes this year about $ 3,856, I feel a lot! How I can lower my Property taxes with out dispute yearly appraisal? My second question is, It will save me money if I paid off my house?
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T.E. & Naima…, Agent, Dallas, TX
Sun Sep 25, 2011

We all want to save money, especially in these turbulent times. Your house payment has 3 components (if it's like most of world's): Principal repayment plus Interest, Tax escrow and Insurance escrow. We generally refer to the payment as PITI for each of these components.

Interest payment depends on the interest rate of your mortgage loan. Right now banks are paying only about 1% on bank savings accounts and charging about 4% or more for mortgage interest. This means from an investing point of view that paying down your mortgage balance is saving you about 3% or more in interest you don't pay.
Huh? If you kept a large balance in your savings account, you would be receiving only the 1% rate while you would be paying the 4% for the loan. So, by moving the money from savings to the loan, you would save the difference.

Long term interest rates both on savings and on mortgage loans may rise, but your mortgage interest is probably fixed at whatever rate (e.g. 4%). So, in later years the 2 accounts for savings and the loan may come closer to being in balance, earning as much as you're paying.
If rates on savings accounts rise above your loan rate, then you should have the money in your savings account and not pay down the loan. It is complicated. An accountant or CPA can explain these principles to you to help you decide what to do, especially since mortgage interest is deductible for Federal income tax purposes, and interest income is taxable.

As to insurance, you have to shop around to find homeowner's insurance at a lower rate to save money on insurance escrow. The escrow account merely collects the money from you and pays the bills as they come in. So, if you pick a lower insurance premium from a different company or different policy, you could save on that portion of your monthly payment.

Lastly, the real estate taxes are set by the taxing districts where your house is located and the escrow pays whatever is due each January. To lower the amount needed each month, you have to get the tax appraisal district to declare the value of your house is lower than it currently is.
The rates are set by the budgets of all those taxing districts. So, the only way to lower the taxes is to fight the budget increases of the taxing districts and/or the asessed value of the property. Every May you are allowed to protest the value and hopefully you can get your assessment lowered. Fighting budget increases is a difficult task, since you have to go to each hearing the taxing body holds and fight against budget increases.

Paying off your mortgage loan will not reduce your assessed value. But, as noted above, it could result in savings from reduced interest payments. I hope this helps clarify things for you.
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Dp2, , Virginia
Sun Sep 18, 2011
While paying off your mortgage(s) might would eliminate that payment, it might not reduce your monthly cash outflow. For example, if you've claimed a deduction for your mortgage interest, and that interest was enough to offset a portion of your income, then eliminating that expense could (in certain scenarios) cause you to end up paying more (because your tax basis got raised).

Before doing this, you really should run this past your CPA.
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Nanci Zimmer…, , Cedar Park, TX
Sun Sep 18, 2011
Paying off your home will not reduce your real estate property taxes. Be sure that you have filed for all expemptions that you qualify for.
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Bruce Lynn, Agent, Coppell, TX
Sun Sep 18, 2011
Check to see if you have all the exemptions available to you.

Common ones are Homestead, Over 65, Disabled..
Dispute the value or have a professional do it for you on a contingency basis.

Paying it off should not lower the tax value.

Taxes are high here because we do not have a state income tax. We raise taxes through property taxes.
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Property taxes are much lower in las Vegas Nov, and they don't pay a state income tax either
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Scott Godzyk, Agent, Manchester, NH
Sun Sep 18, 2011
Your taxes are based on your assessed value, which you can dispute each and every years by asking for an abatament and the tax rate which you have no control over. Paying your mortgage off will not affect the value of your house or how much you pay for taxes...
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Dallas Texas, Agent, Dallas, TN
Sun Sep 18, 2011
1. Each year you can dispute your taxes
2. Pay off early based on your mortgage and etc.. POSSIBLY you might save money confer with your CPA

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