Harris County Engineering Department
Real Property Division
Shannon C. Watson, P.E.
Division Manager
10555 Northwest Freeway, Suite 210
Houston, TX 77092
office (713) 274-3700
fax - administration (713) 683-0201

Appraisal Process

An appraisal of property will be made before negotiations are started. The three methods generally used are:  

  • The market value or comparison method: How the property compares with similar properties that have sold in the area
  • Replacement or cost method: Value based on the cost to replace the improvements, less depreciation
  • Income method: A valuation determination based on the income the property produces.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: What is the purpose of an appraisal?
    A: To develop an opinion of the market value for the property being acquired.


  • Q: Who will appraise my property?
    A: An independent real estate appraiser licensed by the State of Texas. The Real Property Division will write you a letter explaining the need for your property and the letter will give you the name and telephone number of the independent appraiser assigned to appraise your property. Please call his/her office, since at this stage of the process your telephone information may not be available.


  • Q: How long will the appraisal process take?
    A: Approximately 4 to 6 weeks. During this time the appraiser will request a meeting with you to inspect the property.


  • Q: What will be the appraiser's final product?
    A: A written report with supporting data.


  • Q: Will I be given a copy of the appraisal report?
    A: Yes, when the Real Property Division Agent assigned to acquire your property presents the purchase offer to you.


  • Q: Who should I call if I have questions in connection with the report?
    A: Your Real Property Division Agent.