This message is for those of you who purchased a home during 2009 that will be your permanent (homestead) residence and that you will occupy before January 1, 2010, or for those who have now decided to live in their vacation homes on a permanent basis and are no longer declaring a home in some other place as their homesteaded residence.
Be aware that homeowners who plan to make their homes their permanent residences, or in other words, their "homesteads", should apply for the exemptions as they have in the past. That means that they must close on the purchase of their next home and occupy it before the end of 2009. Then they need to file for their exemption(s) by March 1, 2010. Confirm that deadline date with your own county. You need to check with your local property appraiser to see what ALL of the requirements are. Having a Florida drivers license and car registration are just a couple of them. Your appraiser can give you the complete rundown. Below you can see how to easily find your county's appraiser site on the internet.
Whatever exemptions you qualify for will apply to those persons who requested and got their homestead exemption. Do not forget that the homestead exemption is just one that you might qualify for. There are others.
The main thing is to be sure you apply in time. Do not put it off until the last minute. You can normally apply at anytime during the year. If you meet the legal requirements, you have nothing to lose by declaring your homestead with the county. If you do not do it, you could be making a very costly mistake.
For Pasco County you can click on the following link to go to our property appraiser's site for more info: http://www.appraiser.pascogov.com/ You can also download his version of the Homestead Exemption (and others) in Adobe PDF format by clicking on this link: Download Pasco County Homestead Exemption Brochure
If you live in a different county, then click on the following link for a list of all of the County Property Appaiser sites in Florida: http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/property/appraisers.html Choose the county in which you live and click on that link. Almost all of them will have menus that allow you to download information about how they handle the various exemptions in their areas. If they do not, at least you will be able to get contact information so you can call them.
So if you believe you will be closing and occupying a home that will be your primary residence here in Florida by the end of 2009, I suggest that you start making some calls now so you can be sure that everything is done correctly and you get all of the exemptions that you deserve! If you do not close and occupy your homestead property by the end of 2009 you could be denied your exemption. If in doubt, speak with your county's appraiser's office. They are the final authorities on this matter.
For more information or questions about this topic you can call me at: 813-783-4444 or e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org I also invite you to visit my main webpage at: www.jelwell.century21bnr.com
John Elwell - REALTOR
Bill Nye Realty, Inc.
Licensed in Florida