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  1. I notice the Photos of the Day are still smaller than the Ads. Good job, good effort.
  2. Man.. you have the strangest desires and curiosities... I hope your vacation filled the holes in your life where these burning questions once were. My only specific comment is to #1. Yes, Yes they do offer tours because I have been on one. It's really cool, by the way. They give tours to architects and others that would be interested in specifying their products, or clients interested in buying their products... ... not to just anyone who comes in off the street. And to #5. Come try walking it one day. Couple years back a guy spent his Saturday walking from Westchase district to a bar in Midtown.. think there's video of part of it. Can't currently find the associated article.
  3. See.. I was spot on. The genius loci of an Albertsons.... just not something you can find in any old Krogers. Well.. have fun.. take lots of photos.
  4. Based on what we know about you here at Haif.. I've prepared your perfect dallas vacation agenda. Tom Thumb Albertsons Aldi Burlington Coat Factory Wisteria Shop Big Lots and last but not least.. Kohls
  5. Unpermitted interior work happens all the time. The fact that it's unpermitted has zero bearing on your HCAD value. I'm in the same boat. Home purchased last fall. Had minor cosmetic renovations. HCAD value went up. Yours went up because as a new owner, you don't instantly have the homestead exemption and therefore arent protected by the 10% cap. This is how HCAD course corrects. The cap artificially keeps values down, and when a home changes hands, that's the only time HCAD can bump it to where they should be. If it had been permitted.. then HCAD would have an even stronger case for bumping your value up since you will have handed them on paper what that value change is. Least with unpermitted changes, you can attempt to appeal. EDIT: I assumed this was interior work.. and therefore mostly finish-related.. then re-read your opening post and see that I may be wrong. Was this all interior or did they add on a wing or something
  6. I remember discussions from when they were submerging 59 near montrose, that part of the reason was to flood if needed. Property (vehicular) damage is a better outcome than Property (real) damage. I imagine I-10 was deisigned the same way. Yes, adding detention ponds are meant to give floods somethign to fill up first and help the overall situation but ultimately, losing a few hundred cars on 10 and 59 is way cheaper than flooding in the Heights, Washington Cooridor, Montrose, and the Musuem District
  7. I don't disagree with you on that. But another aspect of all this is anonymity. Same reason I dont like HAIF on FB, or twitter, etc.. A few people on here know me, and I'd like to keep it that way... a few. I'm sure it's like that for most haifers. If i ever needed to consult Haif for professional help or jobseeking.. I could just as easily start a post to address that need.
  8. What would the fun in that be ? That was my PSA for the day. Gotta set some linkedin noobs strait.
  9. I'm out. Linkedin shouldn't be a contest to get as many friends as possible. I see some of you saying you invited all your facebook friends..?? What's the point of that ? Is your mom's friend going to get you a job.. how bout your cousin in a band or your best friend's goth little brother? Linkedin should be lots more selective. I don't want it to be facebook part deux. Creating a network just for the sake of having a network.. what does that achieve ? Is Joe Bob architect that I know by 4th degree going to help me find a job? No. It's better to have a smaller and more meaninfgul network - Your coworkers, your former coworkers, your former classmates, your clients, vendors you've worked with. If i were linkedin buddies with any of you and I were looking for a job would any of you, first off, be in my field and able to help me? Second would any of you be willing to help me? I wouldn't be willing to help sopmeone I don't really know and can't vouch for. "Hey boss, I have a resume of someone I want you to look at to fill this position" "How do I know em...?.. well.. he's on an internet forum with me and umm..ermm... well... that's it" Really? That's a sure way to torpedo your own career. Furthermore.. Linkedin is less important for networking (except for easy contact/managment of your real professional network) and more important as your professional ad space. Have a good profile. Have a professional photo. Have your profile public. ... Include your link in job searching emails or on your personal buisness card. Assume any interview you go on, your interviewer wil be searching for your FB and your Linkedin.
  10. Irontiger.. Since you are such the grocery/department store connoisseur, I have a joke for you. Q: How do you fit an Elephant into a SafeWay bag ? A: You take the 'S' off of 'Safe' and the 'F' out of 'Way'. *Drum Riff*....
  11. "Despite getting a renovation... It didnt look too different from most Krogers I've seen." Really ? Did you think Krogers Corporate Mother Ship would renovate to make it look more different ? Did you think Krogers Corporate Mother Ship was like "Gee, this Krogers has a cute quirky nickname.. we should surely take this into consideration when we remodel it " Did you think it got its name becasue of the renovations ? I'm dumbfounded at your train of thought. If you wanted to experience Disco Kroger for not just the people, but the architecture.. then it should have been fairly obvious to you that you were making your first visit over half a decade too late. P.S. You have "visit every grocery store brand in the US" on your bucket list don't you ?
  12. I will second your Dave Grusin.. and I'll submit anything by Henri Mancini for the "oldies but goodies" class of composers.
  13. Spiegel im Spiegel... I knew the name, but don't believe I'd heard it before.. On now and very nice. I don't want to deviate from scores and soundtracks too much..... but Chopin's 'Raindrop"... First heard it in the amazing Halo 3 mega commerical "Believe".... incredibly moving piece, incredible commerical... and I'll forever associate it with Halo. Also.. speaking of Halo. Martin O'Donnell has done all those soundtracks and some of thoese are every bit as amazing as what you find at the movies.
  14. Oh yeah.. forgot X-ray Dog. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-Ray_Dog You probably hear something by them every other time you go to the movies and don't realize it.. they are 'The Trailer music' company. Pull up a youtube playlist and sit back for a few days listening to this... you'll be ready to conquer the world.
  15. Univeristy Line on Richmond... going strong since 2006. New haifers.. same conversations.
  16. Great topic. For full orchestral... Inception, and Last Samurai are two goto favorites. Last of the Mohcians, Gettysburg, Terminator Theme as performed by the Cincinatti Pops. Concerto de Aranjuez ( the brass version from Brassed Off) For more piano-centric... Favorite is Legend of 1900. Love Actually, Truman show, The Piano, Goodbye Lenin and Ameilie by Yann Tiersen For composers.. in addition to Zimmer.. Look up Michael Giachino (lots of Pixar) and Thomas Newman (Road to Perdition, American Beauty, Cinderella Man, Wall-E)
  17. I understand what you are saying about the cap now.... I thought it applied to all real property, not just those with homestead exemption.. but I see you are correct sir on that one. However.. Market value is based though on the "Market" value.. of the market or the neighborhood.. not the individual property. If all the houses in the neighborhood are going for 200k.. and I overpay at 500k.. I won't be paying taxes on that 500k. IT means I was stupid to buy that house for that price... Will my 500k jack with the market value of the rest of the neighborhood and artificially inflate it.. perhaps. Paying too high for a property or getting a great steal doesnt have Direct bearing on what HCAD deams the market value of your home is. And yes.. the MLS sale values are available.. but the county uses those to come up with valuation at the market level.. not individual. But I guess i have answered by original question.... Based on all sales in my neighborhood.. my market value has gone up, like all my neighbors.. roughly equally... And BECAUSE I'm a new owner and not protected by the homestead exemption.... the one device available to keep my apprasial value artifically lower than market value.. is not available to me. So JJ.. while I dont agree with eveything you are saying.. you have helped me and I did learn one thing new.. so thank you, sir.
  18. Why is this? Texas is a closed record state, right? I didnt report my sale value. And as my real estate agent and lawyer warned me.. when I turned over documents to HCAD to get the property in my name or fight a SF issue.. i was careful to always cross out any sale or loan values. So why does a new owner's appraised value equal the market value ? I don't see how homestead exemptions are any part of market vs apprasied value.. that's just muddying the water.
  19. The previous owner had the homestead exemption as well.. and I only had to pay taxes for less than a month and half of 2014.. no not worried bout 2014. "Your appraised value for 2015 will be equal to the market value in that case" Why? What ? The appraised value is never just equal to market value.. and that difference has no bearing on whether you have the exemption. You get the exemption on the appraised value.. doesnt matter if your market value is 100k more or 100k less.
  20. Right. But how do they know if there is an improvement or what it entails? Something exterior-wise that required a permit.. sure. Makes sense. But for interior finishes remodeling..That reuiqres no permit. Nobody is going to willingly report that to HCAD. Without details of know what was done inside, how could they begin to quantify an improvement value? If they dont know of any improvements then 1) last year's market value or 2) The sum of last years market value + 10% of last years market value + ((( the market value of all new improvements to the property. .... this part equals 0 ))) So it would only be vs last yr's apprasial value (not market) plus up to 10%
  21. According to HCAD FAQ..appraised value is lesser of the market value (what the property would sell for on the open market); or the preceding year's appraised value+ 10%+ the value of any improvements added since the last re-appraisal.So.. if the appraisal value all of a sudden catches up to and equals market value.. that means those two bullet points are equal (or the second bullet point is higher than market value) So.. the "value of any improvements added since last...." Is that essentially their fudge factor to get home sells a boost ? Do they actually mean "improvements" as in only remodel/addition. How would they know that? One does not need a permit for just an interior remodel. In my case, I bought the house in november and I had to report a garage conversion that the previous owner/flipper did(which benefited us greatly in getting that SF taken out)... 2014 my appraised value was 20k less than market value... 2015 they are both equal with a 30k jump in apprasied value and 10k in market. (market value would have gone up 40k had I not reported the SF decrease) So my question is.. Had they not known of that 'improvement' would that line item be zero and therefore the LESSER would only be the 10% capped increase ???? Because I reported that change.. did that clue them in and give them a blank check to add some value to that line item which in turn allowed them to go over the 10% cap.. OR. Do they always come out when a home changes ownership and re-appraise? Even-so... I did not and would not have invited them in.. And from the outside, there's no major sign of improvement.. so how would they know of any improvements? So again.. my real question.. the "value of any improvements added since the last re-appraisal...." Is that essentially their fudge factor to give homes that change ownership a boost?
  22. If you look on google earth historic aerials back to 1944, it does appear to show some drainage depressions flowing into White Oak right where Antoine is. Seems like she exaggerating or remembering incorrectly, but her statement does have a kernal of truth. Also.. this could explain why Antoine is essentially a boulevard for the 4-5 blocks from Acorn to the bayou, if they were maintaining that drainage at some point.
  23. Can' ol' Otto automatically post from flikr at a larger size.... Showcasing user photos at a size smaller than the ads doesn't make much sense.
  24. Not sure what leg the plantifs have to stand on... We don't have zoning.... Touch $h!t Gotham and Renoir.. If you wanted to secure your property values, ya should have bought up the property before the current developer.
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