|[April 11, 2017]
Nearmap Helps Bexar County Appraisers Create Faster, More Accurate, Property Assessments
a location content provider specializing in high-resolution aerial
imagery, is changing the way property assessments are being conducted in
Bexar County, Texas by the Bexar
Appraisal District, effectively improving the accuracy of appraisals
as well as reducing time and liability concerns related to onsite
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Frequently updated aerial imagery, along with integration with the County's CAMA system allows Bexar appraisers to reduce onsite visits, measure and identify property features more accurately and complete assessments in less time (Photo: Business Wire)
With more than 550,000 residences in Bexar County, the fourth-largest
county in Texas, which includes the city of San Antonio, and only 154
employees in the Bexar Appraisal District, Nearmap high-resolution
PhotoMaps™ allow appraisers to conduct evaluations and appraisals
without visiting the site. Thus, reducing the liability and time spent
visiting individual homes.
Previously, Bexar Appraisal District was utilizing imagery with 6-inch
pixel resolution. With Nearmap's 2.8-inch GSD resolution, the images are
much more detailed, allowing appraisers to gather more accurate data.
For example, the increased clarity allows appraisers to easily visualize
if a new building is in the frame-up stage or beyond, or determine the
difference between permanent or temporary structures in a residential
backyard. With $3.9 billion in new construction in the county, Nearmap
high-resolution aerial photos also enable Bexar to verify completion
stages of new construction.
"Using Nearmap, we can now denote and accurately appraise properties
clearly distinguishing proerty features," said Scott Griscom, assistant
chief appraiser for the Bexar Appraisal District. "With the level of
clarity we have using Nearmap imagery, it's very easy to tell what's in
the backyard. The exact same approach applies to outbuildings, porches,
roofs and other attributes of properties that make a difference in
Nearmap's frequently updated aerial imaging is better than satellite
imagery because it also allows for appraisers to view a property in
varying conditions such as leaf-off and leaf-on, something that is
particularly important for a city like San Antonio which is known for an
abundance of mature trees.
When residents aren't at the property during the assessment, appraisers
no longer attempt to access backyards. Instead, they cue up Nearmap on
their office computers to view the property. Nearmap imagery has also
reduced the need to send appraisers out into the field for subsequent
property visits, saving time and reducing liability concerns. Nearmap's
ability to tie directly into Bexar's CAMA system allows appraisers to
see all of the county's parcel information right on top of the imagery.
In addition, because Nearmap updates its imagery two or three times each
year, assessors can verify changes in properties over time, improving
the accuracy and completeness of the assessment.
"Our goal at Bexar Appraisal District is to get the appraisal as
accurate as possible," reports Michael Amezquita, Chief Appraiser for
Bexar County. "The aerial imagery provided by Nearmap provides us with
timely imagery we can rely on allowing us to complete our job on time."
With Nearmap imagery, Amezquita and Griscom believe the office can
increase the quality of property assessments-reducing the interval of
property characteristics review from every three to five years down to
about three years for each property. Most importantly, Bexar is using
Nearmap to create highly competent appraisals that cut down on the
number of appeals and shorten the appeal process. Now, they can do much
more with existing staff.
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With Nearmap, organizations unlock opportunities that
consistently inform decision-making and transform the way they work. Our
high-resolution, frequently updated aerial imagery is 2.8-inch GSD,
better than satellite imagery. Delivered within days of capture, Nearmap
shows changes over time. Users save time and money, reduce site visits
and efficiently plan with current, clear imagery.
Nearmap is delivered through a refreshingly easy-to-use interface called
MapBrowser™ or accessed via Esri®, Autodesk (News - Alert) and CAMA systems.
trials of Nearmap are available. For more information, visit http://go.nearmap.com.
To learn more about how aerial imagery is used in the property appraisal
process, you can attend the webinar on April 19th at 1 PM ET: Empowering
Property Appraisers with Current Aerial Imagery.
About Bexar Appraisal District
Bexar Appraisal District is responsible for appraising all real and
business personal property within Bexar County, Texas. The district
appraises property according to the Texas Property Tax Code and the
Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices (USPAP). For more
information on Bexar Appraisal District, visit www.bcad.org.
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