February 07, 2019 at 1:51pm | Crystal Gonzales

Written by Christy Neikirk

Sponsored by Amy Oehler with Big Life Austin

Applying for a Homestead Exemption on your home may sound like a complicated task, but the process is actually relatively simple and incredibly important. I always make sure my clients know exactly when they need to apply for the exemption and the easy steps they need to take in order to qualify. As a Prospect Real Estate agent, my job is to not only help you find the perfect place to live but to help you make the most of your investment.

What is The Homestead Exemption

The Homestead Exemption is important because it takes a portion of your home’s value and removes it from taxation. This will lower your property taxes and save you money! The Homestead Exemption also provides homeowners protection from creditors, which means that in the case of trying financial times your most valuable asset will be protected.

How Do I Qualify?

Homeowners qualify for the Homestead Exemption as long as they meet three criteria:

  1. Your home must be your primary residence (unfortunately, investment properties do not qualify).

  2. You must own your home as of January 1st of the calendar year you are filing for.

  3. You must occupy your home by January 1st of the calendar year you are filing for.

How Do I Apply?

The application procedure will vary from state to state, but in Texas, the earliest you can file is January 1st and the deadline is April 30th.

Here are the simple steps you can take to file:

Keep in mind that your Homestead Exemption will be denied unless all of the required documents show the same primary residence address.

  1. Fill out the application specific to your County Appraisal District.

  2. Make sure you include a copy of your state issued driver’s license issued by Texas Department of Public Safety (TX DPS). Remember that the address on the ID must be the same as the property you are applying for!

  3. Mail all of the documents to the appraisal district for the county that your home is located in.

Click on your county below to find out where to send your Homestead Exemption:

Travis County

Williamson County

Hays County

Bastrop County

Burnet County

Llano County

 

To find out more about owning property in Austin, contact a  Prospect Real Estate agent.

To find out more about financing a home in Austin contact a member of the Big Life Austin Team!   


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