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Each month AR runs numerous contests as a way for our members to engage in activities
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These state pages or hyper-local pages provide content directly related to a specific geographical location.
State, County, City and Neighborhood pages make it easy for consumers to find what they're looking for.
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Consumers peruse these pages for information
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“Jon, in your blog you mentioned homestead exemption. What is it and how does it work in Florida?”
This was the e-mail I received from a customer from New York. That’s a good question. First and foremost, homestead exemption in Florida pertains only to those, who claim their property as primary residence. Usually meaning that they stay in their residence for 6 months and one day a year or more.
In a nutshell, homestead exemption in Florida does three things:
First - it protects your home. Your home cannot be taken from you, unless you pledged it as collateral (mortgage). It provides the exemption from forced sale before and at death; restricts devise and alienation and in that sense makes Florida one of the most protective States in the nation
Second - it reduces your tax obligation. Until referendum on January 29, 2008 homestead exemption was $25,000 of the assessed value, established by the country property appraiser. Now it is $50,000, however, the second $25,000 is being taxed by a school district, so the amount of reduction of total assessed value could be a bit less than $50,000.
And third - it protects your property from tax increases, beyond 3% a year. This cap went into effect in 1995 as a result of the “Save Our Homes” Constitutional Amendment. The tax can’t go higher than 3% a year or the rate of inflation, whichever is less.
This provision was of huge benefit to homeowners in the boom years of real estate as tax increases were in the double digits. In effect this created an unfair tax system, where similar properties are taxed differently.
This post does not cover all aspects of Homestead in Florida, but at least it gives you a general idea.
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.