5 common questions about property value appraisals in Montgomery County

The deadline to file a protest for annual property value appraisals is May 31 in Montgomery County. Here are some frequently asked questions from the Montgomery Central Appraisal District to help homeowners better understand the process.

1. What can homeowners do if they disagree with the appraised home value?
A homeowner can request an informal meeting with an appraiser. If an agreement is not reached, then a homeowner can file a written protest by mail, in person or online for a hearing before the Appraisal Review Board. Evidence during the scheduled hearing must be presented in person, by an authorized agent or by affidavit. Members of the review board will then issue an order determining the property value.

Mailing address: 109 Gladstell St., Conroe, TX, 77301
Website: www.mcad-tx.org (Click the Online Protest tab at the top of the page to get started)

2. How does the appraisal district determine the value of a home?
Homes are compared to other similar homes that sold recently, and the value is determined accordingly.

3. Does someone come out to look at homes during the appraisal process?
Yes, MCAD officials have reviewed each property. However, home sites are not necessarily reviewed in person annually.

4. Is the age of a home taken into consideration?
Age, size, condition and quality of construction are taken into consideration when appraisals are completed.

5. Are property taxes based on a percentage?
No, property taxes are based on 100 percent of the fair market value of each property.
By Beth Marshall
Born and raised in Montgomery County, Beth Marshall graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in communication and a minor in business. Originally hired as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in 2016, she became editor of the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition in October 2017.