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Tax Protest Time Coming To An End…

Don’t miss this chance to reduce your tax bill. Many local counties are offering on-line protests which will save you so much time. Make sure you take a moment to look into this before heading down to your local tax office.

Did the appraised value of your property go up? Do you think that value is unfair? If you answered yes to those questions, it’s time to file a protest with your central appraisal district. And don’t delay—protests in many Texas counties are due May 31.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please shoot us a message here and we will be glad to assist you.

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts has posted a “Property Taxpayer Remedies” PDF that covers the basics.

The process includes:

Filing a protest with your appraisal district within the designated time period.

Attending an informal hearing to see if your differences can be quickly resolved.

Appearing before an appraisal review board, if your protest is not resolved at the informal hearing.

You’ll need to provide evidence to support your challenge of the appraised value, so give us a call if we can help you out.

For more information about protesting your appraised value, visit the website of the Texas Comptroller of Public Acccounts.

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Texas Tax FREE Holiday for Energy Star Appliances — Memorial Day Weekend 2014

Great news if you’re looking to update or purchase new appliances for your new home!

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Please pass along to anyone in the new home appliance (or dorm-sized refrigerator) market…

  

Good News! This Memorial Day weekend (May 24-26), Texas shoppers get a break from sales tax for purchases of most energy-star appliances and energy-efficient products like refrigerators and clothes washers ~ even energy-star rated college-dorm-sized refrigerators and light bulbs qualify!  This is a great way to get an extra “discount” and save on future energy costs if you are in the market for any of these items.

The energy-star products qualifying in 2014 include:

  • Refrigerators priced at $2,000 or less
  • Ceiling fans
  • Incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs
  • Clothes washers
  • Dishwashers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Energy Star Labeled Programmable thermostats
  • Air conditioners priced at $6,000 or less

The 2014 sales tax holiday begins on Saturday, May 24, and ends on Monday, May 26 (Memorial Day Weekend).

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Qualifying products will need to display the ENERGY STAR logo. The discount can…

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How to Choose a Healthy Plant

With spring in the area it’s time to start planting, so thought I’d share these helpful tips when picking out plants. Just a note, I found out that if you see spider webs on your plants, get rid of them quickly as they can cause plants to suffocate and take their nutrients!

How to Choose a Healthy Plant

You can’t judge a plant by its good looks. To pick the healthiest plant, take time to do a two-part visual inspection of the leaves and roots. It’s easy to slip a plant out of a pot. Press gently on the sides of the pot, or squeeze it in your hands. Invert the pot while holding one hand over the top of the soil and cradling the stems. Don’t pull the plant out by the stems.

Healthy Roots Healthy roots are white, ivory,or tan and should reach to the edge of the pot. (Pictured) The soil should smell moist.

Root-Bound Roots that are circling the bottom of the pot are a clue that the plant has been in the pot a long time. Before planting, tease out those circling roots and cut them off.
Sick Leaves or Roots Damaged leaves might indicate disease—don’t buy that plant. Roots that are slimy or mushy might be rotting. A foul sewer-gas smell is a sign of root rot.

Weeds Weeds growing on the soil surface around the perennial are a clue that the plant might have been carried over from the previous year. The plant might be healthy — check the roots to be sure.

Source Better Homes and GardensBuying Healthy Plants

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Number 1 Reason to Remodel: Simple Desire for New Amenities

Some interesting information here!

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According to remodelers who answered special questions on NAHB’s Remodeling Market Index (RMI) survey for the 1st quarter of 2014, a simple “desire for better/newer amenities” ranked as the number one reason customers choose to remodel their homes. On a scale of 1 to 5 (where 1 indicates never or almost never, and 5 is very often), the average remodeler’s response was 4.3.

“Desire for better/newer amenities” edged out the second place “need to repair/replace old components” by one tenth of a point. These traditional drivers were the only reasons to remodel with an average rating above 4.0. Another fairly traditional reason, “desire/need for more space” came in third at 3.7.

Reasons to remodel that are of special interest to particular stakeholders—like aging in place and energy efficiency—were further down the list, with average responses near the 3.0 center of the scale. Relatively low average ratings for increasing the home’s investment…

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