Houston Area Real Estate & Relocation: File Residential Homestead Exemptions by April 30, 2011 Houston, TX

File Residential Homestead Exemptions by April 30, 2011 Houston, TX

File Residential Homestead Exemptions by April 30, 2011

(The information below applies specifically to Texas.  Each county in Texas will have its own form.)

If you owned and lived in your home on or before January 1, 2011, and do not claim a residential homestead on another property, you will probably want want to fill out an Application for Residential Homestead Exemption before April 30, 2011.  This may save you money on your property taxes.


If you have filled one out for previous years and were granted the residential homestead exemption(s), you should not have to fill out another one for the same property unless:


  • The chief appraiser sends you a new application,
  • You now qualify for additional exemptions, such as age or disability,
  • If married, the oldest spouse should fill out the application, to ensure qualification without reapplication for the Over-65 Exemption


If you purchased a home last year, the title company may have given you an Application for Residential Homestead Exemption then and indicated to send it in after the first of the year.  Many Realtors will send one out to their clients, as well.

Residential Homestead Exemptions available to residents of Texas are:

  • General Residential Exemption
  • Over-65 Exemption
  • Disability Exemption
  • 100% Disabled Veterans Exemption
  • Over-55 Surviving Spouse
For an in-depth explanation of exemptions, please see Window on State Government.   


If you need an Application for Residential Homestead Exemption form, feel free to contact me.  Each county will have their own form.  If you miss the deadline, you can still apply for a Residential Homestead Exemption the following year.

You may receive offers in the mail from companies that will charge $25.00 to $50.00 (or more) to file an Application for Residential Homestead Exemption for you.   You may also get offers to fill out a form to Change Your Name on the Tax Records for you.   Most homeowners believe they are capable of filling out these forms themselves, as they are quite simple one-page forms. Before paying for this service, you may want to see a Consumer Alert from Harris County. 

Information contained herein is believed to be accurate and correct; however, it is not guaranteed and should be verified.

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  Information contained herein is believed to be accurate; however, it is not guaranteed and should be verified.  Statistics are believed to be accurate at the time published; however, they are subject to change and should not be relied upon without verification that they are current.


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Comment balloon 2 commentsJoyce Godwin, Realtor, CRS • January 29 2011 06:03PM


Howdy and evening to you Joyce

here you have done another mighty fine and helpful Localism blog post for your mighty fine area. This here residential homestead exemptions sure is a mighty fine thing for folks there.

Its sure to bad that there is always companies out there, that look for ways to make money off of something that is actually free for folks to do.

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) over 8 years ago

Thanks, Dale.  Seems like you always have to be looking over your shoulder.  

Posted by Joyce Godwin, Realtor, CRS, RE/MAX Elite Properties (RE/MAX Elite Properties; Serving Cypress, Spring, Tomball, NW Houston) over 8 years ago

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