Within this site you will find general information about the District and the ad valorem property tax system in Texas, as well as information regarding specific properties within the district.
The Real County Appraisal District is responsible for appraising all real and business personal property within Real County. The district appraises property according to the Texas Property Tax Code and the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices (USPAP).
June 02, 2016 News
Real County Appraisal District (Real CAD)
In a unanimous decision on April, 1 2016, the Real County Appraisal District Board of Directors appointed Michael Mann as the Chief Appraiser for the District. Mr. Mann officially took the helm April 18th, after 13 years as a Residential Appraiser for Kerr Central Appraisal District. He comes from a well-established office under the tutelage of P.H. “Fourth” Coates, long-time Chief of Kerr & Bandera Counties. “Michael was a self-starter, motivated, intelligent, and personable and a real asset to Kerr CAD. I was sorry to lose him as an employee but am very happy he is furthering his career as the Chief Appraiser of Real CAD,” said Coates. When asked what to expect, Coates stated, “first of all, professionalism along with a friendly and welcoming attitude to the taxpayers of Real County. He is a quality person in all aspects of his life not only as an employee but also as a person and friend. Real CAD is very fortunate to have been able to hire Michael.”
Mr. Mann recognizes the challenges ahead for establishing fair and equitable market value for Real County. Accepting the position at this time of year comes as a daunting task as Appraisal Notices are typically mailed to property owners around the month of May. Notices are sent primarily to accounts that have had an increase in market value. Out of nearly ten-thousand accounts in Real County, it is yet to be determined how many will receive a notice. “In a quick glance at area sales, it is easy to notice that properties are selling, and they are selling for more than what the District currently values them,” stated Mann. “Texas Property Tax Code states that our value in a county must be at one-hundred percent of market value, which derived from sales values.” Real County Appraisal District has previously worked with Eagle Appraisal and Consulting to handle valuations of particular areas in the county. Eagle has done field work inspection of many residential properties in an effort to rectify the State Comptroller’s poor rating of local appraisals. The State audits each county through the Property Value Study (PVS). Currently, Real County is under year two of a “grace period” and allowed to remedy to the imbalance of the Ratio Study on its own. The Ratio Study compares sales data in relation to appraisal data. Mann noted that “the issues that the State has presented will not be an overnight fix. I am very familiar with Eagle Appraisal and the company’s owner Gary Zeitler. With Gary’s assistance we are already making positive changes.” “Michael is very personable and easy to visit with. Secondly, he is extremely organized and goal completion driven,” said Zeitler. He seeks to “access as much quality information and strives for consistency in all areas.”
Zeitler has been in the appraisal industry for thirty-three years and has experience appraising minerals, residential and commercial properties, as well as handling delinquent taxes. Notably, Zeitler has work for the Property Tax Assistance Division doing the Property Value Study and has also worked as a Chief Appraiser and tax representative.
Michael Mann and his wife Debbie, come from Kerrville where they raised two sons. Both sons attend Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Tx. The oldest, Tyler is a Senior and Cody is a Sophomore. They have all been very family oriented, being active with youth athletics, show hogs in FFA, and are members of Trinity Baptist Church.
Although extremely busy, Mr. Mann will make himself available for anyone who wishes to visit. “Expect to see me out and about throughout the county during the year. There is a lot of work to do and I intend to be fair and equitable.”
RCAD Mails Notices of Appraised Value - click here for the PDF