Homestead Exemption in Bexar County

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Homestead Exemption in Bexar CountyProperty Taxes in Texas

Property Taxes in Texas are administered by each county. For San Antonio, TX, we go through Bexar County Appraisal District.  Most first time home buyers and many experienced buyers and sellers are not really aware of the homestead exemption. Most buyers receive junk mail in January with different businesses offering homestead exemption processing services for a nice chunk of change. But you can do this for yourself for free with about half an hour or less if you have all the information you need, which you would have to gather to provide for these service providors anyway.

Information needed for the homestead exemption form:   Name of owner completing the form and current address and phone numbers, drivers licence or social security number, birthdate, names of other owners, and the property address if different than owner mailing address.

There are several ways to receive a tax break and they are listed on the form. You can read down the form and check the applicable boxes.

If you already have homestead exemption, but have since turned age 65, become a spouse survivor or disabled, it may be time for an update.

For the form, go to to get the four-page form and instructions for printing.

We would be glad to help out.  Just call or text Leticia at 210-279-5279.  Email


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Nathan Susdorf
United Home Inspections - Valparaiso, IN
NW Indiana Home Inspector

It just makes me cringe when I see a $200k listing with a $3,500/year property tax, because there isn't a homestead exemption. I am not an agent, but an inspector. I would find it hard to justify adding nearly $300 per month to my mortgage note just for taxes.

Feb 13, 2011 01:44 PM #1
Leticia Sanders
San Antonio, TX

Nathan, thanks for the comment. Yes, taxes can be needlessly higher because owners do not understand their legitimate exemptions. In Texas, our property tax rates are higher than many states because we have no state income tax. So, educating people about the exemptions and their right to contest the county appraiser is important.

Feb 24, 2011 11:48 AM #2
Victoria Hagler

We moved to Texas and bought a house July 2007 and just became aware of the homestead exemtion. We are filling out the application and wondered if we could go back to when we purchased our home to claim the exemption?  

Jun 16, 2011 05:24 AM #3
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