If the value of your property we suggest for you is lower than the value the appraisal district has your home appraised at, and you decide to purchase our evidence package, then we have saved you hours of time in research; we’ve saved you from mistakes made by simple human error; we have searched out more comps than you have time to obtain; we have adjusted comps when needed according to appraisal district standards and formulas; we have wrapped it up for you in a neat package that includes everything you need from the instructions and tips, to the appraisal district’s own comps and Houston/Austin sales comps we’ve selected along with maps and photos; and we’ve become your ally in the property tax appeal process. That’s what friends do for each other. That is what we do for you. We make your life easy and simple, and put money back in your pocket so you can spend it where and how you want to spend it and you can use your time how you want to use it.
These words have served as the basis of the Roberts boys’ drive in life to create a better world for their neighbors and community members. Born and raised in west Texas during the oil boom and bust, Blake and Brook Roberts learned how to earn money through hard work, respect money through savings and wise spending, and use money for the benefit of others.
He was 16 years old and had spent the past 6 months on a newspaper route. He would wake up early in the morning, spend two hours throwing newspapers, return to bed for a few hours, and then go to school. On weekends, he would walk his route collecting subscription fees from his customers. He was making good money with his first job and had the benefit of using his money to keep gas in his 1984 Pontiac Firebird and make sure everyone could feel his music boom through the T-tops. Then, April 15 came. Questions filled the air. Anger was felt. Why did he have to write a check to the government for money he earned? Didn’t the government have ways to provide for the people without taxing the people? It wasn’t fair. It wasn’t right.
When he was 7 he loved Transformers (psst, who are we kidding – he still does). He was an avid Optimus Prime fan. One Saturday morning he asked Mom if he could have the Optimus Prime toy. She didn’t hesitate and said “sure!” So off they went to Sears, Roebuck and Co. Blake picked out the toy, and with Mom, walked to the checkout clerk. The checkout clerk said “Your total is $21.29.” Blake stood there questioning the final total not understanding why it wasn’t $19.99 as the price tag indicated. “Nothing was happening,” he recalls. He looked up at Mom and she looked down at him. You can imagine how that conversation went. “But Mom, you said I could have it.” She replied, “I did, but I didn’t say how. Here are your options. You can save up and come back later to purchase it, or you can place it on layaway, and we’ll come back each week to pay it off.” “I don’t understand why the total is more than what the tag showed”, he said; and Mom explained taxes. Blake ended up choosing layaway. But more than his soon to be acquired toy, he gained a fresh understanding that all Texans come to realize: you can argue for justice with some tax principles and some, you can’t.
It is what it is. But that doesn’t mean it has to stay that way. It was out of these and other frustrations common to many of you that Jubally Solutions was born.
We believe in paying taxes, but not more than our fair share. We know others have the same mindset, so we have set out to empower taxpayers to leverage the private sector in order to be treated fairly by the public sector.
You’re here to learn about property taxes, and what you can do to reduce your property tax liability. We have created an extensive database and web application in order to give you the tools that you need to successfully appeal your property taxes. Put simply, we have used industry expertise and cutting edge technology to give you more than a puncher’s chance against the appraisal district when arguing the value they’ve assessed for your property. Puncher’s chance? Try 97% knock-out rate in 2013.
The most important matter to us is that you protest your property value every year. Whether you do that on your own using your own time and research skills to do so, you hire an agent to handle that for you, or you simplify your life and let us give you the reports and data you need, we simply encourage you to protest. Sure, we’d love for you to use us, we make it easy on you, but the most important action you can do is to simply file your protest.
You cannot logically take a lower paying job to reduce how much you pay in taxes. You can surely purchase fewer tangible objects to lower one form of tax you pay, but you can also argue the value of your property with the county and attempt to reduce that value, thus reducing one other form of tax liability.
With diverse experiences in the fields of property tax appeals, human service provision, non-profit management, information technology, and entrepreneurship, Blake and Brook Roberts are prepared to equip you with the accurate data you need to successfully, effortlessly, and scrupulously appeal your property value because we’re your friend in the property appraisal protest industry. Let us do what friends do: help each other. We stand with you because we are of the people, by the people, and for the people.
By Brook Roberts