Buy a house in 2010? Don’t forget to file your homestead exemption!

January 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Buy a house in 2010? Don’t forget to file your homestead exemption!

It’s a very simple -FREE- process that a lot of homeowners forget all about.

That’s right; the county wants to reward you for being a homeowner. They will lower the valuation of the property (the exact amount varies from county-to-county) for you so that you when they apply their tax rate formula to it, you save some money.

And don’t pay anyone to do this for you either. There a lot of companies who will fill out and send in this document for you. They only charge you $50-150 to do something that you can do for yourself for FREE.

Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Download one of the three forms below. (The forms are all different for each county)

Travis County Homestead Exemption Form

Williamson County Homestead Exemption Form

Hays County Homestead Exemption Form

Step 2: Fill out the form and send it in.

That’s it!

Have more questions? Travis County’s Frequently Asked Questions section is outstanding!

Consult your closing documents if you need any specific information about the property. Or, shoot us an email at or call us at (512) 345-1252 if you need any more help.


P.S. Want to learn more about property taxes? Catch Laura Duggan’s post–Calculating Your Property Tax.

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