Articles and Presentations

Are You Leaving Property Tax Savings on the Table?
-by Daniel Smith, REBusiness Online, July 2017

Putting A Stop to the ‘Hidden Property Tax’
-by Daniel Smith, Texas Real Estate Business, January 2017

Beware of REVPAR in Property Tax Valuations
-by Greg Hart and Kevin Sullivan, Texas Real Estate Business, October 2016

How to Fight Aggressive Property Tax Assessments
-by Gilbert Davila, Student Housing Business, August 2016

When Law Firms Collaborate, Property Owners Reap the Benefits
-by Daniel Smith, REBusiness Online, July 2016 also published in Texas Real Estate Business, August 2016

Property Taxes and the Growing Millennial Impact on the Retail Sector
-by Kirk Garza, Texas Real Estate Business, May 2016

Shrinking Retail Footprint Complicates Taxes
-by Kirk Garza, REBusinessOnline.com, November 2015

Is it Possible to Get Uniformity in Property Taxation?
-presented by Jim Popp, COST Property Tax Workshop, January 2015

Six Ways to Reduce Student Housing Property Taxes
-by Gilbert Davila, StudentHousingBusiness.com, September/October 2015

Development of a Legislative Program
-presented by Jim Popp and Chris O’Neall, IPT Symposium, November 2014

Trade Secrets
-presented by Mark Hutcheson, NPTA Meeting, October 2014

The Battle Over Equal and Uniform: Panel Discussion
-presented by Jim Popp, Texas A&M Legal Seminar, August 2014

Identifying Intangibles
-by Michael Shalley, CPExecutive, April 2014

Case Study: If the Build-To-Suit Fits
-by Kevin Sullivan, Texas Real Estate Business, December 2013

Texas Property Tax Change Explained
-by Michael Shalley and Patrick McGill, Texas Real Estate Business, September 2013

Taxing Times
-by Darlene Sullivan, Commercial Property Tax Executive, April 2013

Cap Rates and Property Taxes
-by Mike Shalley, Shopping Center Business, March 2013

Harris County Valuation Outlook for 2013
-Harris County Appraisal District Agent Meeting, March 2013

North Texas Property Tax Overview and Outlook for 2013
– presented by Mike Shalley for the Hotel Association of North Texas, October 12, 2012

A Taxing Issue
-by Mark Hutcheson, Commercial Property Executive, October 2012

Tax Trap in Dallas
-by John Murphy, National Real Estate Investor Online, September 2012

Valuation Outlook for 2012
-Harris County Appraisal District Agent Meeting, March 2012

Facts Before Tax
– by Steve Bergsman, Shopping Centers Today, January 2012

Distribution Center Dilemma – What Tax Assessors Don’t Know Can Hurt You
– by John Murphy, Commercial Property Executive, October 2011

A Growing Dilemma Over Tax Abatements
– by Darlene Sullivan, Esq., CMI, National Real Estate Investor, May 2011

Why Inflated Tax Assessments Persist
– by Mark Hutcheson, National Real Estate Investor, January/February 2011

Mistaken Reform
– by Mark Hutcheson, Esq., as published by Commercial Property Executive, October 2010

Don’t Be Afraid to Protest Property Tax Assessments
– by Gilbert D. Davila, Esq., Affordable Housing Finance, April 2010

The Pitfalls of Sales Comparisons
– by Michael J. Shalley, National Real Estate Investor, April 2010

When to Appeal – Combating Excessive Property Tax Valuations
– by Gilbert D. Davila, Esq. Mini-Storage Messenger, March 2010

Refinery Valuation & Litigation Issues: Past, Present, and Future
– by Greg Kort and Mark Hutcheson, 2010 Texas Oil & Gas Association Property Tax Representatives Annual Conference, February 2010

Property Tax Reform Goes Awry
– by Darlene Sullivan, Esq., National Real Estate Investor, October 2009

Retail Landlords Face Quandary
– by Darlene Sullivan, National Real Estate Investor, May 2009

Green Buildings: A New Paradigm in Real Estate©
– by Michael J. Shalley, Jr., November 2008

Going Green: How Green Buildings Affect Property Values
– by Michael J. Shalley, Jr., November 2008

Tax Assessments in Flux in New Market
– by Mark Hutcheson, Hotel Journal, September 2008

Going Green Shouldn’t Increase Property Taxes
– by Michael J. Shalley, Hotel News Resource, April 2008

Improper Use of Cap Rates Proves Costly
– by Mark Hutcheson, National Real Estate Investor, April 2008

Mass Appraisals May Lead to High Taxes
– by Mark Hutcheson, Hotel News Resource, March 2008

Simple Steps to Property Tax Reductions
– by Gilbert D. Davila, Apartment Finance Today, February 2008

New Approach Produces Hotel Property Tax Reductions
– by Jim Popp, Hotel News Resource, January 2008

Reduce Property Taxes By Using the Cost Approach
– by Mark Hutcheson, Hotel News Resource, November 2007

Equal and Uniform Arguments Reduce Hotel Taxes
– by Jim Popp, Hotel News Resource, August 2007

The High Cost of Bad Tax Forecasting
– by Mark Hutcheson, National Real Estate Investor, July 2007

Use Caution When Applying Cap Rates from Sales Surveys
– by Mark Hutcheson, Hotel News Resource, June 2007

The Price You Paid For Your Hotel Isn’t Market Value
– by David C. Lennhoff, Hotel News Resource, May 2007

How Owners Can Keep Property Tax Bills in Check
– by Gilbert D. Davila, Affordable Housing Finance, Feburary 2007

Texas’ Efficient Property Tax System Could Serve as Model for Other States
– by Jim Popp, Real Estate Forum, January 2007

Dealing With Judges, Assessors and Other Influential People
– by Darlene A Sullivan, Institute for Professionals in Taxation, January 2007

Defending Against Excessive LIHTC Property Taxes
– by Gilbert D. Davila, Affordable Housing Finance, January 2007

Avoid Pitfalls of the Cost Approach
– by Jim Popp, National Real Estate Investor, December 2006

Look for Tax Savings in Hotel Personal Property
– by Mark Hutcheson, Hotel News Resource, March 24, 2006

Why Assessors Trip Up on Apartment Valuations
– by Gilbert D. Davila, National Real Estate Investor, March 2006

Taking Their Cue From Hotel Owners
– by Jim Popp, National Real Estate Investor, January 2006

Due Diligence Steps to Successful Hotel Assessment Appeals
– by Jim Popp, Hotel News Resource, January 2006

No Consistency in Valuing Housing Tax Credit Properties
– by Gilbert D. Davila, Affordable Housing Finance, January 2006

Differing Valuation Laws Across States Disadvantage LIHTC Property Owners
– by Gilbert D. Davila, Affordable Housing Finance, January 2006

To Avoid Excess Real Estate Taxes, Owners Must Find Cap Rate Source
– by Jim Popp, Real Estate Forum, December 2005

Identifying Assessor Errors in Property Valuations
– by Gilbert D. Davila, Esq., Apartment Finance Today May 2005

Don’t Let Assessors Box You In
– by Jim Popp, National Real Estate Investor December 2004

Reduce Your LIHTC Property Tax Assessments
– by Gilbert D. Davila, Affordable Housing Finance, September 2004

How Assessors Unfairly Penalize REITs
– by Mark Hutcheson, National Real Estate Investor, June 2004

Dramatic New Possibilities for Hotel Property Tax Reductions
– by Jim Popp, Lodging Magazine December 2003

Hotel Property Tax Reductions: An Industry Breakthrough
– by Jim Popp, April 2003

Retail Centers Get Equal Treatment Through Fee-Simple Valuation Method
– by Mark Hutcheson, Real Estate Forum, March 2003

The Knowing When To Appeal A Tax Bill
– by Jim Popp, National Real Estate Investor, February 2003

Property Tax Checklist
– by Jim Popp, National Real Estate Investor, January 2002

Drawing a New Battle Line
– by Art Gering, Real Estate Forum, January 2002

Hotel Owner Jolted By New Method Used to Determine Real Estate Value
– by Jim Popp, National Real Estate Investor, December 2001

Retail Center Investment Value Does Not Equal Market Value for Property Tax Purposes
– by Jim Popp, National Real Estate Investor, January 2001

Property Tax Solutions for Sold Properties
– by Jim Popp, National Real Estate Investor, March 2000

Equality and Uniformity in Texas: A First-Time Remedy for and Old-Time Right
– by Jim Popp & Allan Carmichael, Fall 1999

Making Property Taxes Work
– by Cynthia Hoffman, Real Estate Forum, September 1999

Major Flag Hotel Trial Sheds Light on Property Tax Dispute
– by Jim Popp, National Real Estate Investor, March 1999

The Seven Psychological Laws of Effective Appraisal Storytelling
– by Jim Popp, IPT/ABA Advanced Property Tax Seminar, March 1999

A Workable Plan for Business Valuation
The Texas Lawyer, February 1998