The House You Own And Call Home
The Texas Comptroller website defines homestead as a separate structure, condominium or a manufactured home located on owned or leased land, as long as the individual living in the home owns it. A homestead can include up to 20 acres, if the land is owned by the homeowner and used for a purpose related to the residential use of the homestead. Homestead exemptions can be submitted between the dates of January 1st and April 30th every year.
Many homeowners do not realize that the homestead exemption is free, and the application can be easily filled out. For more information on a homestead exemption in the state of Texas, I highly recommend you visit the comptrollers website. Texas Comptroller
Some homeowners who temporarily move away, can still be eligible for their homestead exemption. Other tax exemptions such as those for individuals over the age of 65 and disabled individuals are available too.
You can also visit the resources page on my website for more information and links. Resources
This Is Texas Ya’ll
What usually prompts you to think? For me, it’s almost every little random act, object, event or song. Most recently, it’s been nature.
This past weekend, I spent a lot of time in the Hill Country. My client is retiring to Texas from the east coast, and is interested in country living. From one property to the other, I fell more in love with the country side. Although, deep down I’m a city girl. I was born in one of the most populated cities (Tehran) on Earth and lived in another (Los Angeles) for a decade. Traffic is something I enjoy, because it gives me time to think, make phone calls, and honk the horn for no reason. When standing in the middle of an overly crowded grocery store fighting for the best turkey the week of Thanksgiving, I feel alive!
I sound sarcastic, I know. Perhaps the main reason I love city life, is because I love people. Nature, is something else I love.
Let us revisit the title of this post, Country Living. Immediately, I think about serenity, peace, space, and freedom. I also think about ownership. Twenty, thirty, or hundreds of acres all to myself. Who wouldn’t want to own land? You’re probably thinking, what to do with all that acreage? Let me give you some ideas: build your dream home, farm, raise crops, hike, meditate, entertain, and sit back and enjoy the view! When Bluebonnet season roles around paint or take photographs. During planting season, dig up the dirt and toss in the seeds. If you’re like me, you’ll enjoy a lot of time reading and writing. During Autumn, watch the foliage and changing of colors on trees and plants. Raise a family, breathe in the fresh air, and make memories.
Urban vs. Rural
When it comes to residential lot sizes, there is no comparison between rural and urban living. Traditional suburban neighborhoods in metropolitan areas offer homes with less than an acre of land. Often times even less than half an acre. Figures vary for each city. If you’re interested in looking at the details and reports, let’s set aside some time to meet. San Antonio’s population is on the rise, almost 1.5 million residents to date. Add in Boerne, Schertz, New Braunfels and other surrounding areas which are so closely connected and we’re living in one of the busiest metropolitan areas in the country. Whether you fancy rural or urban living, I am here and committed to help with all your real estate needs and questions.
Comment below and tell me, urban or rural?
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