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Filing for Homestead Exemption in Florida

Filing for Homestead Exemption in Florida


For Florida Home owners  who purchased their Florida home in 2015 and are using it as their primary residence, now is the time to file for Florida Homestead Exemption!

Applications for the Florida Homestead Exemption must be submitted to the Property Appraiser's office by March 1, 2016.  To qualify, the home must be the primary and permanent residence.  


In Hernando County, Florida,  the Homestead Exemption provides for a reduction in the taxable value of the home up to $50,000.  Most importantly, it also places a cap on the annual increase in assessed valuation thus protecting home owners from sudden spikes in assessments and consequently property taxes. This is an especially important aspect of the homestead exemption protection when home values are beginning to increase. 


In Hernando County, Florida, find out more about the application process and requirements for the Florida Homestead exemption, by clicking on the link that will open a pdf file directly from the Hernando County Property Appraiser.  


You may also read more in the previous post:  "What is Florida Homestead Exemption" .


If you have purchased a home in 2015 and it is your primary residence

in which you have lived in as of January 1, 2016

make sure you have applied for homestead exemption.  

The deadline is March 1, don't miss it!

Spring Hill Florida Forest Oaks Government Center


To apply for this beneficial exemption under the Florida Homestead Exemption law and to find out how it applies to your particular situation, please contact your local property appraiser's office.


Home owners in Hernando County, Florida, please contact the Hernando County Property Appraisers office at 352-754-4190 or visit them at one of their two locations either at

20 N Main Street, Brooksville, Florida


in the Forest Oaks Government Center in Spring Hill, Florida, 7525 Forest Oaks Blvd.



And for any questions about buying or selling a home in Hernando Clounty, Florida, please contact me! 



 For more information about Hernando County Homes and Land for sale including Spring Hill and the communities of Timber Pines, Glen Lakes Golf and Country Club, Silverthorn, and Hernando Beach , please call or visit my website!

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Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR, CRS, CIPS, SRES  Great information for the public .The Homestead is something most are not aware of .

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) about 4 years ago

Hannah Williams thank you, especially those buyers who purchased their homes at the beginning of the year sometimes forget so it's good to remind them. 

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) about 4 years ago

Excellent information Silvia, I have had many people and some experienced buyers who did not fully understand the homeowners exemption.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) about 4 years ago

Silvia this is valuable information to be putting out for residents of Florida as well as other parts of the country.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 4 years ago

Hi Silvia.  Thanks for the update.  The last I knew it was $25,000.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) about 4 years ago

Great post, Silvia. You have all of the links and information a home owner needs in this report. 

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) about 4 years ago

This is such good local information that will help some residents save on their taxes. I need to do this for the people in Clarksville.  Thanks for the reminder.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 4 years ago

Thank you everyone!  I usually send out emails and letters with the information to my buyers from the previous year.

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) about 4 years ago

Silvia- this is good information to provide for the public.  When we were in Houston, I remember our agent sending us a reminder about this. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 4 years ago

Good morning Silvia. Nice job getting the information out, hopefully everyone takes advantage of the opportunity.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) about 4 years ago

Silvia, great information for homeowners to remind them to take advantage of this! 

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) about 4 years ago


This is an important post for those homeowners who bought but did not yet qualify for or apply for the exemption. $50K is pretty substantial. Ours is $8K!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) about 4 years ago

Hi Silvia, great reminder and  homestead  exemption information for new comers in-town. 

Posted by Kwee Huset, Venice Florida Homes For Sale (Kwee Huset Realty) about 4 years ago

This is very good information to share with Florida home owners.

Many Maryland retirees are heading your way to purchase a home.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 4 years ago

One of the great advantages to living in Florida.   Keep your property taxes low by filing the homestead exemption!

Posted by Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) almost 4 years ago

Great article, I read it as it's similar to CA. My buyers get a homestead exemption solicitation every time they close escrow here and I never understand what the catch is? If this is so great, why don't more people do it? Is there any limitation beyond the cap & primary residence status? Is there a downside for doing this? I don't know anyone that has filed a homestead so I have no experience with them or costs involved?

Posted by Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets, & Host of Postcards From Success Podcast (Big Block Realty 858.232.8722) almost 4 years ago

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