Homestead Exemption

The House You Own And Call Home

The Texas Comptroller website defines homestead as a separate structure, condominium or a manufactured home located on owned or leased land, as long as the individual living in the home owns it. A homestead can include up to 20 acres, if the land is owned by the homeowner and used for a purpose related to the residential use of the homestead. Homestead exemptions can be submitted between the dates of January 1st and April 30th every year.

Many homeowners do not realize that the homestead exemption is free, and the application can be easily filled out. For more information on a homestead exemption in the state of Texas, I highly recommend you visit the comptrollers website. Texas Comptroller 

Some homeowners who temporarily move away, can still be eligible for their homestead exemption. Other tax exemptions such as those for individuals over the age of 65 and disabled individuals are available too.

You can also visit the resources page on my website for more information and links. Resources

Posted on December 26, 2018 at 3:18 pm
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Be Bubbly

Be Bubbly

…that’s the only way. Stay consistent, happy, and focused.

On January 23rd JBGoodwin held our annual award ceremony at the Club at Sonterra in Stone Oak. As always, it was a festive event comprised of laughter, memories and words of wisdom. This year, I was fortunate to win a character award, The Most Bubbly Agent. I accepted the nod with open arms, as I take pride in my outgoing and positive personality. I’m a morning person. I see the glass half-full, and for me there are lessons, no mistakes.

One of my life motto’s is, life is a journey not an obstacle. I like to apply this same rule to all my real estate transactions and my relationships with my clients. No two transcations will ever be alike, that’s for sure!

Moral of the story

Be resourceful and know your surroundings, while continuing to be bubbly.

Also, know your limits and capabilities. Last week I closed on a transaction, representing the buyer who happened to be a first time home owner. The transaction started on a high note, and days of smooth sailing. Unfortunately, some unforeseen events took place one week before the closing date. I was on the verge of failure…but then again failure is not trying, so I TRIED! Oh boy…I gave it my all! After some minimal moments of anger management, I gathered my composure and reminded myself that my client is and always will be my number one priority. In this case, my client was in love with a home he planned to move into and it was my responsibility to make sure that happened.

When they say it takes a village…it really does. As an agent…a REALTOR®…it is impossible to work a transaction on your own. There are so many aspects to a transaction, and with them comes a team. I’m proud to say my team came through for me last week, and assisted me in overcoming multiple obstacles.

Celebrate

I went out this weekend to Paramour, enjoyed a glass of rose and decided to be bubbly. This picture shows how happy I was for the weekend. Can you guess my favorite color?

My goal is to help my clients buy or sell their real estate properties, my priority however, is and always will be my client.

Committed to help with all your real estate needs.

Posted on February 13, 2018 at 12:54 pm
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Country Living

This Is Texas Ya’ll

What usually prompts you to think? For me, it’s almost every little random act, object, event or song. Most recently, it’s been nature.

This past weekend, I spent a lot of time in the Hill Country. My client is retiring to Texas from the east coast, and is interested in country living. From one property to the other, I fell more in love with the country side. Although, deep down I’m a city girl. I was born in one of the most populated cities (Tehran) on Earth and lived in another (Los Angeles) for a decade. Traffic is something I enjoy, because it gives me time to think, make phone calls, and honk the horn for no reason. When standing in the middle of an overly crowded grocery store fighting for the best turkey the week of Thanksgiving, I feel alive!

I sound sarcastic, I know. Perhaps the main reason I love city life, is because I love people. Nature, is something else I love. 

Let us revisit the title of this post, Country Living. Immediately, I think about serenity, peace, space, and freedom. I also think about ownership. Twenty, thirty, or hundreds of acres all to myself. Who wouldn’t want to own land? You’re probably thinking, what to do with all that acreage? Let me give you some ideas: build your dream home, farm, raise crops, hike, meditate, entertain, and sit back and enjoy the view! When Bluebonnet season roles around paint or take photographs. During planting season, dig up the dirt and toss in the seeds. If you’re like me, you’ll enjoy a lot of time reading and writing. During Autumn, watch the foliage and changing of colors on trees and plants. Raise a family, breathe in the fresh air, and make memories.

Urban vs. Rural

When it comes to residential lot sizes, there is no comparison between rural and urban living. Traditional suburban neighborhoods in metropolitan areas offer homes with less than an acre of land. Often times even less than half an acre. Figures vary for each city. If you’re interested in looking at the details and reports, let’s set aside some time to meet. San Antonio’s population is on the rise, almost 1.5 million residents to date. Add in Boerne, Schertz, New Braunfels and other surrounding areas which are so closely connected and we’re living in one of the busiest metropolitan areas in the country. Whether you fancy rural or urban living, I am here and committed to help with all your real estate needs and questions.

Comment below and tell me, urban or rural?

 

I’m including a few links for your review.

Benefits of Country Living

UN World Population

Planting Season In Texas

Reason to love Hill Country

 

Posted on January 16, 2018 at 10:38 am
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Santa To A Senior

Giving Back To Our Community

Last week we hosted our annual “Santa To A Senior” day. We gathered as a family, and delivered gifts, Christmas carols, conversation, hugs, and love to the members of the Living Days Adult Daycare Center. The photo that’s included in this post is of myself with Santa Claus and my new friend, Edward. His smile warmed my heart and soul. Edward, was the last person to visit with Santa that day. He waited patiently as dozens of people chatted with Santa before him, and I was reminded that the beauties of life are attained with patience…just like Edwards smile.

Below is a passage from Deepak Chopra. His words about compassion are a reminder that we are all one:

 

I will see a stranger today through the eyes of compassion…

I will remind myself that this stranger has parents and people who love her, just like me.

I will remind myself that this stranger has moments of joy, just like me.

I will remind myself that this stranger has moments of anguish and suffering, just like me.

I will remind myself that this stranger will one day grow old, just like me.

I will remind myself that this stranger will go through the cycles of illness and recovery, just like me.

I will remind myself that this stranger will one day die, just like me.

Through the eyes of compassion, I will know this stranger, not as a stranger anymore, but as a living soul, just like me.

 

-Deepak Chopra

 

Posted on December 22, 2017 at 10:07 am
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