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Homeownership and Your 2017 Tax Return

The deadline to file your 2017 tax returns is approaching on April 17th. If you have not filed your taxes yet, you can take this opportunity to talk to your tax professional about how homeownership may impact your tax return this year. Here are a few reasons why you may want to. Mortgage Interest may …

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Pre-Qualification vs. Pre-Approval: What’s the difference?

Looking at homes without knowing how much you can afford can be a waste of time for you and your realtor. “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” unknown The same wise sentiment can apply to purchasing a home – why start house …

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The Deadline to File Your Texas Homestead Exemption is Approaching Fast.

Property tax in Texas is a locally accessed and locally administered tax. Texas does not have a state tax. Property tax brings in the most money to local government to pay for schools, emergency response services, roads, parks, libraries, etc.

What Is A Homestead Exemption?

The Texas property tax code provides an exemption for owner occupied properties. This exemption removes a portion of value from taxation which in turn gives the property owner a lower taxable amount. The exemption also restricts how much the assessed value may increase year over year.

Who May File?

You must have owned and occupied your homestead as of January 1st in the year for which you are applying. You only have to file the exemption once. It will apply every year going forward until you notify the county you’ve moved from that property.

You may not claim any other property as your homestead. If you owned a home that was sold or rented out and moved into the new qualifying homestead, you must notify the county of that old property to remove that exemption before the new exemption can be applied.

How Do You File A Homestead Exemption Form?

Check with your county first. Most have a form that you can complete and submit online. For others, you may have to download, print out, complete and mail in the form.

It is free to file the form. Be aware that there are companies out there that can do it for you but will charge you to do so.

You must submit the homestead form between January 1st and April 30th of the year for which you want an exemption.

Some counties may require a copy of your Texas driver’s license or ID card that shows the property address for which you are filing the homestead exemption.

Here Are Other Exemptions You May Qualify For

  • Age 65 or older
  • Disable Person
  • Veterans

Check with your county to see if any of these other exemptions apply to you.


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Winter, Pets, and Homeownership

There are a TON of benefits homeownership brings for you and your pets. 68% of American households have a pet, according to the most recent APPA Pet Ownership Survey. The most popular pet being dogs in 48% of households, followed by cats in 38% of households. With our furry friends being such a big part …

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Mortgage Applications Rise 4.1% According to Most Recent Data

The Mortgage Bankers Association reported a 4.1% increase in mortgage applications from the prior week. Steve Remington, Benchmark’s Chief Operations Officer, noted that the increase in applications could be a consumer response to the recent trend in the market, indicating a shift from the prolonged period of low interest rates. “Mortgage Bankers Association Data indicates …

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How To Prepare Your Home For Winter

It’s That Time Of Year Again Winter officially begins on Thursday, and if you haven’t already winterized your home, it’s time to take action. Follow these steps to keep the comfort in, keep the cold out, and ensure your family’s safety. The energy cost savings doesn’t hurt, either, so get to it!   Seal Drafty …

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HUD Announces New FHA Loan Limits

Yesterday, December 7, 2017, the Federal Housing Administration announced that for 2018, 3,011 out of 3,141 counties in the U.S. (~96% of all counties in the nation) will see an increase in FHA loan limits. Ceilings and Floors In high-cost areas, the FHA’s loan limit ceiling will increase this year to $679,650, up from $636,150, …

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How To Maintain Your Sanity When Hosting For The Holidays

Welcoming your friends and family into your home can be one of the most anticipated events of the holidays. Whether you have family visiting from out of town, or if you’re hosting Christmas dinner this year, the fact that your home is the gathering place for your loved ones is a special privilege. However, all …

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