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My house will be paid-off in about 8 months.  I was wondering what options people have to pay their property taxes at that time. Right now, the mortgage company collects for property taxes and home insurance and pays them.  Can you pay property taxes monthly or do you have to save up and pay them off once per year?

Jun 11, 2012 - 12:09 pm
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I dont think they let you do monthly, maybe every 6 months.  I pay mine in full whenever the bill comes

Jun 11, 2012 - 12:28 pm
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I always get a copy of the assessment and so does my mortgage company. I figure after you dont have to deal with the mortgage company anymore, you then have to pay it yourself.
 
Never heard of them paying monthly, but I'd just take an estimate of what you paid the year before and add 10%, divide by 12, put that away monthly, and then at the end of the year just fork em over a check. 

Jun 11, 2012 - 12:28 pm
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couple of things....if you are near or at  65...protest your property taxes....this will get them lowered (hopefully), then the over 65 exemption kicks in and you are locked in to the lower rate.

the taxes are usually due by Jan 31st.  If you go to a payment plan (extending the due date) with the taxing authority, you will pay unfriendly interest......



Jun 11, 2012 - 12:29 pm
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I use O'Connor and Associates to protest my taxes. I just received an email from them for this years taxes and they SAVED me huge. Every year is different.
http://www.poconnor.com/

Jun 11, 2012 - 01:08 pm
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I use O'Connor and Associates to protest my taxes. I just received an email from them for this years taxes and they SAVED me huge. Every year is different.
http://www.poconnor.com/


@sapphire: are these the same people that go door to door every year?



Jun 11, 2012 - 01:41 pm
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my brother used them twice....first time, they got his taxes down pretty good....the second time, not so much.  it is really not that hard to do on your own....

Jun 11, 2012 - 01:42 pm
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I just save the money each month in an interest bearing account, then I pay them the last week they are due.

Jun 11, 2012 - 02:07 pm
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I do the same as Francita.



Jun 11, 2012 - 02:22 pm
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You cannot protest your taxes.  You can protest your property value.  It generally takes about an hour of research and an hour at the tax assessor office.

Jun 11, 2012 - 02:37 pm
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You can protest your property value online.  www.hctx.net

Jun 11, 2012 - 02:57 pm
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In full every six months. You NEVER own the house. Damn taxes are ridiculous on my home I own free and clear. COngrats on paying it off. Now you get to rent it from Harris County till you croak.

Jun 11, 2012 - 04:28 pm
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In full every six months. You NEVER own the house. Damn taxes are ridiculous on my home I own free and clear. COngrats on paying it off. Now you get to rent it from Harris County till you croak.


@Ray:   Thanks!  Harris County and my home insurer will be my new landlords!



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You can pay your taxes monthly as long as you are paying in advance. ( before they are due) However, you will not earn any interest on your payments through out the year.  Better to follow the Francita's advise.

Jun 11, 2012 - 04:59 pm
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We are taxed to death.....literally. I think once you hit 65 or 70, you should not have to pay certain taxes like school tax. You are on a fixed income, retired, but you still pay out the wahzoo.

Jun 11, 2012 - 07:26 pm
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We pay in full once a year

Jun 11, 2012 - 09:30 pm
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