Zillow Advice RSS: Question,Home Ownership,TX http://www.zillow.com/advice/TX/home-ownership/question/ Zillow Advice search results | Zillow Real Estate Is it worth installing an inground pool in my backyard? Will it add value to my property? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-worth-installing-an-inground-pool-in-my-backyard-Will-it-add-value-to-my-property/364982/ Is it worth installing an inground pool in my backyard? Will it add value to my property? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.....<br \><br \>12 replies Fri, 03 Sep 2010 04:51:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-worth-installing-an-inground-pool-in-my-backyard-Will-it-add-value-to-my-property/364982/ 2010-09-03T04:51:00Z Delete photos http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Delete-photos/537579/ Delete photos<br \><br \>1 reply Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:03:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Delete-photos/537579/ 2014-04-23T02:03:00Z What's my neighborhood name http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What%27s-my-neighborhood-name/536853/ 1 reply Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:28:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What%27s-my-neighborhood-name/536853/ 2014-04-17T11:28:00Z Want to get list of homes sold in 2013 in Amarillo TX. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Want-to-get-list-of-homes-sold-in-2013-in-Amarillo-TX/536377/ I created an account to get a list of homes sold in the Amarillo TX area for 2013. <br/><br/>How do I view a list of homes sold in 2013.<br/><br/>Thanks,<br/><br/>Taleta<br \><br \>1 reply Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:38:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Want-to-get-list-of-homes-sold-in-2013-in-Amarillo-TX/536377/ 2014-04-14T16:38:00Z How can I remove the last sold information on my property? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-can-I-remove-the-last-sold-information-on-my-property/533410/ <p>The last sold information on my property is incorrect.</p><br \><br \>1 reply Sun, 23 Mar 2014 03:24:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-can-I-remove-the-last-sold-information-on-my-property/533410/ 2014-03-23T03:24:00Z Solar Power http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Solar-Power/533499/ I am building a new home in Central Texas and there is an offer to incorporate solar power into the building of the new home. &nbsp;There are four available packages:<br/><br/>&nbsp;1.5 kW - $8,285<div>2.5 kW - $13,930<div>3.5 kW - $18.515<div>4 kW - $20,895<br/>With the ability to bundle these costs in over the course of a 30 year mortgage at approx. 4.5% interest, do any of these systems make sense to a new home buyer? &nbsp;I am really interested because of the 30% federal tax credit and the potential for savings in utilities offsetting the increase of the monthly mortgage payment. &nbsp;I am just not sure if this potential offset is realistic expectation.<br/><br/>What do ya'll think?</div></div></div><br \><br \>0 replies Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:01:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Solar-Power/533499/ 2014-03-24T00:01:00Z 3/2 home in Westwood ISD, Palestine, TX http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/3-2-home-in-Westwood-ISD-Palestine-TX/144379/ 1 reply Fri, 04 Jul 2008 01:18:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/3-2-home-in-Westwood-ISD-Palestine-TX/144379/ 2008-07-04T01:18:00Z how can i see a starting price on getting a house built http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-can-i-see-a-starting-price-on-getting-a-house-built/530554/ 1 reply Sun, 02 Mar 2014 12:47:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-can-i-see-a-starting-price-on-getting-a-house-built/530554/ 2014-03-02T12:47:00Z I need info on 23764 fm 15 troup,tx http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-need-info-on-23764-fm-15-troup-tx/530373/ call 903 570 0295<br \><br \>0 replies Fri, 28 Feb 2014 18:57:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-need-info-on-23764-fm-15-troup-tx/530373/ 2014-02-28T18:57:00Z Is lead-based paint a reason to not buy? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-lead-based-paint-a-reason-to-not-buy/529241/ We are the DIY type, have been dreaming of owning an old farmhouse on a few acres to start our homestead. Finally found it (and love it), and just today began the option period and started scheduling inspections. But the more research I've been doing about LBP the more worried I get. We haven't had children yet but hope to. Obviously I know if it's chipped, etc it's a big deal. We know about good upkeep. But we are also the remodeling types. This makes me worry that something as simple as putting in new kitchen cabinets could be a big deal.&nbsp;<br/><br/>Thoughts, experiences?<br \><br \>7 replies Thu, 20 Feb 2014 20:57:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-lead-based-paint-a-reason-to-not-buy/529241/ 2014-02-20T20:57:00Z Why do property taxes in Houston vary so much on a single property? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Why-do-property-taxes-in-Houston-vary-so-much-on-a-single-property/510530/ Looking at the property tax history, it seems the property taxes go way up, then way down, then way up, on the same property. &nbsp;How could they vary so much from year to year? &nbsp;It's not consistent either by total dollar amount or as a percentage of assessment.<br/><br/>Example: &nbsp;(from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5706-Wigton-Dr-Houston-TX-77096/28067311_zpid/">http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5706-Wigton-Dr-Houston-TX-77096/28067311_zpid/</a>)<br/><br/><br/><br/><div>Year&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Property taxes&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Tax assessment&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Prop Tax Rate<div>2012&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;$5,944 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;$224,377 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;2.65%<div>2011&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;$5,944 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;$235,027 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;2.53%<div>2010&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;$7,156 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;$250,000 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;2.86%<div>2009&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;$5,835 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;$259,141 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;2.25%<div>2008&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;$5,835 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;$211,064 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;2.76%<div>2007&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;$1,371 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;$215,600 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;0.64%<div>2006&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;$5,527 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;$178,298 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;3.10%<div>2005&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;$3,837 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;$168,800 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;2.27%<div>2004&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;$0 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;$168,100 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;0.00%<div><br/>As you can see, the tax, the assessment, and the tax rate are all very inconsistent from year to year. &nbsp;This seems to be the rule rather than the exception.<br/><br/>Thanks Zellows.</div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div><br \><br \>6 replies Mon, 09 Sep 2013 03:33:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Why-do-property-taxes-in-Houston-vary-so-much-on-a-single-property/510530/ 2013-09-09T03:33:00Z Incorrect Posting http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Incorrect-Posting/526861/ Hi,<br/><br/>I am the new owner of 12501 Gristmill Cove, Austin TX &nbsp;78750. &nbsp;I notice your website has posted the incorrect sale price of the house for $188,125. &nbsp;This is incorrect and Texas is a non disclosure state. &nbsp;Please remove this info on your website. &nbsp;Thank you.<br/><br/>Regards,<br/>Kar-Hoe Chan<br \><br \>2 replies Sun, 02 Feb 2014 12:24:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Incorrect-Posting/526861/ 2014-02-02T12:24:00Z How easy is it to buy a home in Laredo, TX? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-easy-is-it-to-buy-a-home-in-Laredo-TX/526750/ 1 reply Sat, 01 Feb 2014 09:46:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-easy-is-it-to-buy-a-home-in-Laredo-TX/526750/ 2014-02-01T09:46:00Z 1st time homebuyer. What should i expect my utilities to run? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/1st-time-homebuyer-What-should-i-expect-my-utilities-to-run/522490/ It is a 1740 sq ft house in longview tx. No gas all electric built 2006 and i am a single guy no kids that works 50- 60+ hours a week, so minimum use on weekdays.Curious about electric and or water bill cost. Thanks a lot.<br \><br \>11 replies Thu, 26 Dec 2013 22:18:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/1st-time-homebuyer-What-should-i-expect-my-utilities-to-run/522490/ 2013-12-26T22:18:00Z Any help with local Austin builder who refuses to address deferred maintanence/quality issues? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Any-help-with-local-Austin-builder-who-refuses-to-address-deferred-maintanence-quality-issues/522418/ We bought a new built home from a local Austin builder on 2/16/13.&nbsp; We've come to find that its riddled with deferred maintenance/quality issues that the builder refuses to address...any help you might provide in alerting others would be helpful.&nbsp; Ideally, we'd like to get things resolved...any way that you might assist?<br/><br \><br \>10 replies Wed, 25 Dec 2013 21:53:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Any-help-with-local-Austin-builder-who-refuses-to-address-deferred-maintanence-quality-issues/522418/ 2013-12-25T21:53:00Z are there any homes being sold for the tax money http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/are-there-any-homes-being-sold-for-the-tax-money/521751/ 8 replies Mon, 16 Dec 2013 17:00:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/are-there-any-homes-being-sold-for-the-tax-money/521751/ 2013-12-16T17:00:00Z Incorrect location appears when my address is entered http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Incorrect-location-appears-when-my-address-is-entered/521954/ <p>Hello. When I enter my address on Zillow, it shows a home in an entirely different subdivision - about 3 miles away. Why is that? How can this be rectified? When I type the same address in google maps, it shows it correctly.<br/>Thanks<br/>Danny</p><br \><br \>0 replies Wed, 18 Dec 2013 17:55:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Incorrect-location-appears-when-my-address-is-entered/521954/ 2013-12-18T17:55:00Z is it still on the market or is it going to be auctioned off? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/is-it-still-on-the-market-or-is-it-going-to-be-auctioned-off/209681/ 1 reply Thu, 12 Mar 2009 16:29:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/is-it-still-on-the-market-or-is-it-going-to-be-auctioned-off/209681/ 2009-03-12T16:29:00Z What is referred to as a "condo" for properties in Harris County, Texas? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-is-referred-to-as-a-condo-for-properties-in-Harris-County-Texas/285547/ 2 replies Mon, 05 Oct 2009 19:41:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-is-referred-to-as-a-condo-for-properties-in-Harris-County-Texas/285547/ 2009-10-05T19:41:00Z Tax implications of joint mortgage with parent http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Tax-implications-of-joint-mortgage-with-parent/511841/ purchasing home with parent. Parent retired, limited income, doesn't pay taxes BUT over 65 so tax breaks kick in (Texas).<br/><br/>Should we do a joint mortgage or best to do it in my name only?&nbsp; <br/><br/>Won't affect qualifying.<br \><br \>3 replies Wed, 18 Sep 2013 15:28:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Tax-implications-of-joint-mortgage-with-parent/511841/ 2013-09-18T15:28:00Z