Real Estate and Property Tax Services
Drones are replacing fixed wing aircraft for the purposes of mapping, surveying and performing pre-purchase due diligence in real estate transactions and intra-construction phases of commercial construction. Lone Star ISR Pilots work with Land Agents, Land Surveyors and Licensed Property Tax Consultants to perform Analysis and/or Verification of land performance at an accuracy of 1/3,500th of a Foot, or just 1 Centimeter using LIDAR, Thermography Cameras and Visual Cameras to perform Photogrammetry to build Point Clouds and Orthomosaic Maps.
Example: Pre-Transaction Due Diligence
A Seller or Seller’s Agent represents to a potential Buyer that a long-held subject property located in the Texas Hill Country is 4,500 acres with multiple natural water sources, 225 acres of impounded water in lakes and streams behind dams, contains 445 head of Cattle, more than 900 Whitetail Deer, 125 Bison and does not have any environmental risks.
Read further how Lone Star ISR can perform verification of the Sellers claims to the Buyer.
Example: Collection of Exhibits Needed to Apply for Agricultural Property Tax Exemptions in Texas
A 1,250-acre Ranch Owner in Central Texas disputes the amount of Timber to Non-Timber land on his property with the Agriculture Extension Agent. Additionally, the Ag Extension Agent disputes the erosion control methods implemented by the Rancher on water flowing through his property. Wildlife management is defined as actively using land that, at the time the wildlife-management use began, was appraised as qualified open-space or timber land under Tax Code, Chapter 23, Subchapter D or E, to propagate a sustaining breeding, migrating or wintering population of indigenous wild animals for human use, including food, medicine, or recreation, in at least three of the following ways: (1) habitat control; (2) erosion control; (3) predator control; (4) providing supplemental supplies of water; (5) providing supplement supplies of food; (6) providing shelters; and (7) making census counts to determine population. Read further how Lone Star ISR can help the Rancher demonstrate effective erosion control methods, and conducting census counts of wildlife and non-exotic livestock on his property.
Case Study: Changes in Community Amenities Caused Home Values to Fall While Property Taxes Increased
The home owners in a former, now-defunct, PGA-rated, golf course community engaged Lone Star ISR and M. M. Mason and Co, LLC to perform aerial mapping of the former golf course and levee to demonstrate the loss of the golf course and the lake as amenities of Columbia Lakes. Utilizing open source mapping and cloud -based flight planning tools like Litchi, Lone Star ISR’s pilots collected photogrammetry images and processed them via the WebODM Lightning Cloud to produce orthomosaic images in the GeoTIFF format. Lone Star ISR merged Brazoria County’s ESRI geographic shapefile data, Google Earth imagery, with Lone Star ISR’s GeoTIFF imagery into QGIS Desktop to produce reports demonstrating the loss of amenities in the community.
Read more about how Lone Star ISR performed these services to protect owners from increased property tax assessments.