Your 2019 DFW Homestead Exemption Guide

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Your 2018 DFW Homestead Exemption Guide

Everyone it’s that Time of Year Again! Time for new homeowners or homeowners that have not filed for their homestead exemption to file! If you bought a home in Texas in 2017, you have until April 30th to file for a residential homestead exemption. A homestead exemption refers to exemptions from property tax that homeowners can claim each year. Homestead exemptions remove part of your home’s value from taxation, so it lowers your taxes for the year. As of now the Homestead exemption gives you 20% off your yearly taxes.

As a homeowner, you may apply for a homestead exemption on your principal residence ONLY. This means the home’s owner must live at the home as of January 1st of the tax year, and be an individual (not a corporation or business entity). A homestead can be a separate structure, condominium or mobile home located on owned or leased land, as long as you live in the home.

In order to qualify for a residential homestead exemption you must provide a Texas driver’s license or state ID card, and your vehicle registration receipt. You’ll need to file an Application for Residential Homestead Exemption with the county appraisal district between January 1st and April 30th of the tax year — or up to one year after you pay your taxes. During the year, if you turn 65 or become disabled, you must apply for the 65 or older/disabled exemption no later than one year from the qualification date. Once you receive an exemption, you don’t need to reapply again unless the chief appraiser sends you a new application. In that case, you must file the new application. If you should move or your qualifications end, you need to inform the appraisal district in writing before the next May 1.

You will find homestead exemption forms for several different counties below. Don’t wait until it’s too late to file your homestead exemption!

Dallas County (can be filed easily online or you can use their property search tool to locate the Homestead Form (PDF) specific to your property at

Collin County

Denton County

Ellis County

Hunt County

Johnson County

Kaufman County

Rockwall County

Tarrant County (Please note, if you have purchased your home recently in Tarrant County, TAD will mail you an application.)

Wise County

The DFW Elite Living Team is here to help, and if you have any questions on the process please do not hesitate to reach out to us at

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Joseph Garcia

Joseph Garcia is a proud native Texan, born in Lubbock, raised in San Antonio and loving Dallas. Everyday Joseph uses his more than 16 years experience in the Real Estate industry to help better serve his clients. Joseph started his career in Property Management, Apartment Locating, and Leasing, then quickly transitioned into becoming a full-time residential agent in 2007. Today, Joseph continues to focus on Residential sales and with his broad knowledge base can even assist his clients with Commercial deals.

Joseph is dedicated to helping individuals and families find their dream home and more importantly, the lifestyle they desire! What clients love about Joseph the most is his passion for life and​ ​outgoing personality. When it comes to marketing and selling homes "JoJo Sells" uses the power of Social Media to move homes quickly.

​Joseph also prides himself in making sure each deal gets to the closing table​ no matter how difficult the deal is​. He also goes above and beyond to ensure his clients find the perfect home match whether it's personal or investment. Joseph's extensive network of Real Estate professionals in Sales, Leasing, Lending, Home Inspection, Home Repair and Title make every transaction as seamless as possible.

Joseph carries the distinguished Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS) Designation from the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing and a Global Elite Certification which provides access to a Global Real Estate Network.

Joseph completed the Metrotex Leadership Academy class of 24 and immediately after served as a ROC to mentor the Medical / Sports day of class 25. In 2015 he partnered with 5 other individuals to create and serve as the Marketing Chair for the Non-Profit Gay And Lesbian Organization of Real Estate (GALORE) to address unique Real Estate issues facing the Gay and Lesbian community. Joseph is also a member of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP), as well as Young Professionals Network (YPN) & Metrotex Leadership Alumni.

He currently services as the Sales Director in the VIVO Uptown office and every day shares his vast Real Estate experience by coaching and mentoring new agents. When you're working with Joseph, you're working with not only a fun agent, but one of the best!

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