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Texas’ Property Taxes: Legislative Changes, Important Dates

written by RIKI MARKOWITZ

Ask any homeowner — or REALTOR — in Texas and most will say that the state is known for having some of the highest property taxes in the country. That might be stretching the truth a bit, but taxes here are still extremely burdensome.

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Depending on the formula you use, Texas ranks 36th in highest property taxes in the country (Tax Foundation) and 30th for overall tax burden (Wallethub), which includes property, income and sales taxes. While the middle of the pack isn’t the worst place to be, it’s certainly not a great position either. And there’s evidence that the property tax burden for Texas homeowners is getting worse. Between 2018 and 2021, the state slid four spots on the Tax Foundation’s property tax structure rankings. Texas is a state that prides itself on its business-friendly policies. For example, there are no income taxes for workers or corpora-

tions. And while property taxes weigh heavily for most homeowners, there are actually no state property taxes. According to the Texas

Comptroller office, the state does not set tax rates or collect taxes. All property taxes and rates are set, collected, disputed and settled by local governments. So the friendliness extended to businesses seems to be working. Just look at some of the companies that recently moved or

announced a move to Texas, including Tesla and Apple. At the same time, does all this friendliness come with a price? Say, higher property taxes? That does seem to be the case. The thing is, despite homeowners’ protestations to reduce their skyrocketing tax bills, the money that counties need to operate on a day-to-day basis has to come from somewhere. Again, according to the state comptroller office, “The local property tax is the largest single funding source for community service. Your local property taxes help to pay for your public schools, city streets, county roads, police departments, fire protection and many other vital programs.” The good news is that money raised from these taxes stays local. State government [continues on page 16]

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Austin Board of REALTORS®

SUSAN HORTON

2021 PRESIDENT

ACTRIS MLS Has Made Headlines Again! In October, ACTRIS joined First Multiple Listing Service in Atlanta, Heartland MLS in Kansas City, and Miami REALTORS® in an exciting collaboration to form MLS Technology Holdings, which has wholly acquired Remine. Remine partners with MLSs and Associations across North America to deliver modern real estate technology that creates transparency in the real estate transaction and inspires trust between the real estate agents and consumers they serve. Not only will MLS Technology Holdings and Remine give us a voice to help develop MLS technology of the future, but I believe this move encompasses every one of our ACTRIS strategic visions. Let’s talk about how this collaboration will open the door for future real estate technology, give you a seat at the table in that process, and ultimately benefit your business.

Deliver Unparalleled Market Data This endeavor hedges against the growing uncertainty in our industry and enables us to continue delivering unparalleled market data with a voice in the process. Remine is known for its property intelligence platform that combines MLS data, public records and predictive analytics in an advanced map-based interface that can help agents find new business opportunities. As co-owners of Remine, ACTRIS subscribers will now have a front-row seat to help us further develop this already incredible platform, with multiple opportunities to share feedback and ideas for the MLS you want to see. Stay tuned for opportunities to provide feedback for Remine’s MLS products next year.

Expand Strategically If the collaboration and acquisition wasn’t impressive enough, ACTRIS and ABoR CEO Emily Chenevert has been named Chair of the MLS Technology Holdings, LLC Board of Directors, which is comprised of seasoned executives with over 120 years of collective experience in real

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estate technology and investments. We have the best and brightest industry experts dedicated to keeping you empowered in the real estate transaction. Through this endeavor, we are strategically expanding our knowledge and influence across the real estate industry to pave the way for MLSs of the future.

Embrace Innovation We strongly believe in having a stake in the development of emerging real estate technologies. and bold investments are not new to us. We have previously invested in MLS Grid and are a pilot association for the rollout of NAR’s local REACH Program. The decision to become a partner in MLS Technology Holdings and invest in Remine will continue to grow our footprint as a progressive organization that leads the way for technology innovation. With this investment in Remine, we are placing ourselves at the forefront of emerging MLS solutions and reducing our dependency on vendors to develop the right solutions for you, your business, and the consumers you serve.

Champion Operational Agility It’s long-since been our vision to offer multiple MLS front ends of choice and opportunities like this put us one step closer toward our goal. We believe in championing operational agility to deliver technological solutions that improve you and your clients’ experience. By having a hand in the technological side of our industry, we

are opening ourselves up to a unique perspective and opportunity to allow for an agile, rapid response to industry trends and demands. This collaboration of technology built by MLSs, for MLSs, has made waves across the industry, and not only are we setting a new standard for our operations, but we our positioning ourselves as an influencer to many other associations and MLSs across the country. While we are very excited about this development, we are committed to maintaining the same high-quality MLS services and support ACTRIS subscribers currently receive. ACTRIS will not be involved in day-to-day operations of Remine, and there won’t be any disruption to our existing MLS solutions. Not to mention, ACTRIS recently onboarded a robust team of MLS experts to help you make the most of the MLS products and benefits you receive as a subscriber. If you’re not already using Remine Pro, we encourage you to take advantage of this incredible business tool. As we look toward this bright and exciting future, your voice and speaking up for the real estate technology you need is more important than ever before.


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Austin Achieves Network Certification for 2021-2022 Austin Network has obtained the Women’s Council Network Certification, a program that recognizes and rewards the most active local and state networks that achieve five key benchmarks of network excellence and exceeds basic charter requirements per its national affiliation and provides outstanding member service. “While nearly 240 networks serve our business leaders nationwide, just over half meet rigorous standards to be certified by the national organization” said Pamela Banks, 2021 national president, adding that “its especially noteworthy to obtain the certification in a year of a continued pandemic that puts national’s

strict benchmarks even more challenging, and positioning this network well in this year and the year to come”. The certification program ensures that members receive quality service in benchmarks related to member services, leadership development, administration and governance, communications, recruitment and retention. While networks keep a charter with national by meeting baseline criteria, only certified networks are recognized as networks of excellence that meet or exceed rigorous benchmarks.

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LOCAL NEWS

Whole Foods developing $20M distribution center

City council approves new upgrade to ABIA

MANOR — Whole Foods Market Inc. is developing a 132,942-sf distribution center at 9917 Hill Ln.

AUSTIN — On Thursday, the Austin City Council approved a resolution spending more money on the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS).

The center will include distribution and warehouse space, an administrative area, refrigeration and an outdoor area for members. Construction begins in early January 2022 and will finish in March 2023.

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At the recent meeting, council members approved spending no more than $1.5 million to install a new security checkpoint. The new checkpoint would add three screening lines.

Austin-area home prices up 33% compared to same time last year According to a new third-quarter report from Texas Realtors, the median home price for single-family homes in Austin has increased nearly 33% compared to this time last year. Austin-Round Rock has the state’s highest median price, according to the report.


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Develop A Business Plan For A Successful New Year As 2021 is winding down and we are officially making our way into the holidays, it is important to keep in mind that 2022 is right around the corner. As we prepare for the new year, Williamson County Association of REALTORS® is developing its strategic business plan for 2022.

KRISTON WOOD

2021 PRESIDENT

In any business, it is important to have both a big picture long-term strategic plan, as well as a smallerpicture yearly business plan. REALTORS® are no exception. The best time to embark on writing a business plan for your business is whenever you can benefit from establishing more focus or direction, making a new year the perfect time to establish goals. Creating an annual business plan helps to narrow down the long-term vision of your business into smaller stepping stones. By doing this, you can ensure that you meet your goals for your real estate business. Breaking down your strategic plan into a smaller yearly business plan not only helps your ideas succeed, but also you lay out the groundwork for accomplishing both your short-term and long-term goals and objectives. Although the idea of creating a real estate business plan or even a yearly business plan for your business can be daunting, it is important to keep in mind that there is no room for procrastination on something so important. The earlier you start planning for next year the better. A good business plan provides enough direction for each entity of the business to be able to support your goals for your company. The National Association of REALTORS® has a great resource on how to create a business plan for yourself that lays out the groundwork to make the task less daunting. NAR’s 7 Essential Components of a real estate business plan include: clearly defining a business statement that shows your purpose and the benefit you provide, completing a SWOT (strength, weakness, opportunities, and threats) analysis, setting specific short-term and long-term goals

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doesn’t get a dime of it. Right now, there is some relief on the horizon for homeowners — and REALTORS. During the 87th Legislative Session, which recently concluded after a third special session that extended several weeks into autumn, property tax relief was one of Governor Greg Abbott’s agenda items. Senator Paul Bettencourt of Houston authored a bill to allow new homeowners to file for the homestead exemption in the year they purchase property rather than waiting for the following January. The law passed both chambers unanimously and will go into effect immediately for the 2022 tax year. Jaime Lee, director of advocacy communications at Texas REALTORS, says the agency testified in support of the legislation. “It will offer homeowners a way to lower their property’s taxable value and save on their property taxes.” In the third special session, the Legislature approved another property tax relief bill — also authored by Sen. Bettencourt. This one will increase the homestead exemption for school districts, from $25,000 to $40,000. However, this piece of legislation still needs approval by voters, which will happen in May. According to Lee, “the homestead exemption is provided in the Texas Constitution, and changing that document requires a vote — that’s why it’s on the ballot.” If it passes, the state surplus will make up the difference in revenue for school districts. And once that happens, homeowners will see a savings of about $176 per year on their property tax bills. While not a lot, it’s something. Expanding the homestead exemption also passed unanimously through both chambers.

Dates Homeowners Should Know Now that the good news is out of the way, the due date for property taxes is fast approaching. Bills arrived in mailboxes at

the beginning of October and homeowners have until January 31 to pay up. Those who can’t pay, or need more time, should inquire about a tax deferral. According to the Travis County tax assessor-collector office, “a deferral allows homeowners to postpone paying their property taxes for as long as they live in that residence.” Applicants may qualify if one or more homeowners is disabled or is 65 or older. Without a deferral, delinquent balances will start accruing penalties and interest starting February 1. And if bills are still unpaid by July 1, local taxing authorities can start imposing even more penalties for legal costs. At the start of the year, while most homeowners are paying off their property tax bill from the previous year, appraisal districts are gearing up to appraise property values for the next, from January 1 through to April 30. During this time, appraisal districts are also processing exemption applications. During April and May, appraisal value notices are mailed and once they’re received, homeowners have 30 days to appeal. If an owner believes the value assigned to their property by the county is higher than the current market value, they should file an appeal. According to Realty Austin, “When people don’t appeal, the taxing authority accepts that their value is correct which affects all homeowners in a given area.” So by appealing, homeowners help keep residential real estate valuations down to earth — or at least in line with market value. Protest forms can be downloaded from one’s county appraisal district office. Over the past few years, surveys have shown that reducing property taxes is one of the top three concerns for homeowners in Texas. So it’s nice to know that in a year some folks may describe as turbulent in terms of the economy, politics, and the environment, at least something is going our way.

Manzanilla Joins Compass Austin as Managing Director AUSTIN — Compass, the real estate technology company is pleased to announce that Romeo Manzanilla has joined the Austin leadership team as Managing Director. Manzanilla is a well-known fixture of the Austin real estate market and the immediate past-president of the Austin Board of REALTORS (ABoR). He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of REALTORS (TAR) and beginning Manzanilla in 2022 will also serve on the Board of Directors of the National Association of REALTORS (NAR). “The real estate industry is quickly evolving and Compass offers the innovative tools and solutions that Austin agents need to compete and win in this historically hot hous-

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BancorpSouth Mortgage With an array of mortgage solutions and products, BancorpSouth Mortgage has become a go-to lender for commercial and residential mortgage loans of varying levels of complexity. Backed by a full-service bank, BancorpSouth Mortgage operates with the power of a large bank but with local processors and closers who understand the Austin market. “We work with all types of commercial and residential mortgage clients because we can do all types of loans,” says John Varner, mortgage loan officer. “One of the things that sets us apart is our range of products, including portfolio loans, first time buyer loans, special loans for doctors, high net-worth loans, home equity loans, refinancing and many more.”

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products, pricing and processes. “At BancorpSouth mortgage, we have a great team of people, wide range of products, competitive pricing, and strong processes,” Varner says. “We are all really seasoned and know what we’re doing. Because of these 4 p’s, realtors often come to us because we are able to tackle the tougher deals. After seeing how well we handle them, they start

individual companies, but plan to offer to the public soon. Varner adds that because of Austin’s hot real estate market, they’ve seen an uptick in some loan types. “We have seen a lot more construction lending due to a lack of inventory in the market,” he says. “Because we have a lot of flexibility with our products, we also offer purchase and renovation loans as the same time for homebuyers looking to tackle a home remodel.”

We work with all types of commercial and residential mortgage clients ... we can do all types of loans, say Varner.

“BancorpSouth mortgage also has some products that our competitors don’t, such as competitive land financing and 100-percent condo financing,” says Mick Donohoe, mortgage loan officer. Serving the Greater Austin area, BancorpSouth Mortgage has two loan Varner production offices in the city, as well as 35 bank branches throughout central Texas. “Our local footprint allows us to run like an old school mortgage company with local processors and closers, but we have the backing and power of a big bank,” Varner says. When it comes to success, BancorpSouth strives to always remain committed to “the four p’s,” which stand for people,

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