Homestead Exemption in Sarasota County Florida –Part 3

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    Homestead Exemption in Sarasota County Florida –Part 3


Q:  How do you assess new additions to previously Homesteaded properties?

A:  We generally use what is called "The Cost Approach" (i.e., the South Florida fair market replacement construction cost -- on a square foot basis -- for an addition of the same quality). For example, if the fair market construction cost of your addition is $100,000, you would see no more than $100,000 added to your pre-existing Save Our Homes value. In the future, the combination of your pre-existing Save Our Homes value plus the cost-basis value of the addition would be your new Save Our Homes base value (subject to the 3% increase cap).


Q:  My market value dropped, so why did my
assessment go up?

A: Under Section 193.155, Florida Statutes is the homestead "recapture" provision. If you have a homestead and your assessed value is less than the just (market) value, assessed value will increase each year by no more than 3%, or the increase in the Consumer Price Index, whichever is less.


Q:   What is Save Our Homes?

A:   "Save Our Homes" is an amendment to the Florida Constitution that the voters passed in November of 1992. A taxpayer automatically receives the Save Our Homes protection starting the year after first obtaining a Homestead Exemption. This law limits the increase in assessed value for properties receiving the Homestead Exemption to no more than 3% or the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), no matter how much larger the increase in market value would otherwise be.


Q:  May someone “inherit” the Save Our Homes value when inheriting a family owned property?

  A surviving spouse may retain the existing Save Our Homes value -- even if the survivor was not previously on title -- so long as the surviving spouse subsequently files for Homestead; OR The person inheriting the property -- or being granted a life estate or beneficial rights under a trust -- was a dependent of the decedent AND was permanently residing on the property at the time of the decedent's death. In all other instances, the person inheriting the property must file for a new Homestead Exemption and lock in a new Save Our Homes value based upon the current just (market) value of the property in the year in which title was granted to the heir.


    Related posts:

    Homestead Exemption in Sarasota County Florida –Part 2

    Homestead Exemption in Sarasota County FL - Part 1

    Attention FL Homeowners! Homestead Exemption   Applications end 3/1/2013


   Homestead Exemption in Sarasota County Florida –Part 3


 This information is provided by Sarasota County Property Appraiser Office. The Property Appraiser is responsible for   assessed values and exemptions and can be reached at  or 941-861-8200


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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
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Great information for Florida property owners, Kwee.  The Save Our Homes provision is often misunderstood.

Aug 29, 2013 10:29 PM #1
Joan Cox
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Kwee, the Homestead exemption is complicated, and nice of you to break it down the residents of Florida!   Hope you take some time off this Holiday weekend.

Aug 30, 2013 12:00 AM #2
Adrian Willanger
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The Homestead Exemption Act in Florida sounds like a great tool for homeowners, but understanding all the ramifications is critical to taking full advantage of it. 

Aug 30, 2013 02:14 AM #3
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 This is good information to know about homesteads in Florida. I am glad you are breaking this down in a homestead information into a series.

Aug 30, 2013 08:16 AM #4
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