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If you own a home in Florida and live in it as your primary residence, then Florida law may allow you a $25,000 tax exemption on the assessed value of the property. If you purchased the property in 2013, then it is time for you to file for homestead, as it doesn’t automatically transfer to a new owner, at the start of the new year. An application must be filed. After that, the exemption automatically renews, if you remain eligible.

Homestead exemption may allow a Florida homeowner a savings of approximately $450 on their yearly tax bill. And, some homeowners may be entitled to an additional $25,000 in exemption for a total of $50,000, on the assessed value of their property. Check online to see whether you are eligible and if there are any other exemptions applicable to you.

New homeowners may apply for homestead between January 1 and March 1, for the first time. You must have purchased your home prior to December 31, 2013 and it must be considered your primary residence. The deadline to register this year is March 3, 2014.  If you don’t do so by then,  you may lose your rights to homestead for that year.

In order to file you will need:

Florida Driver’s License, or, if you do not drive, a Florida Identification Card;      

Florida Vehicle Registration, for all vehicles owned or leased by you, or registered to your business;

Brevard County Voter Registration Card, if you are registered to vote;

Social Security card or other official document that includes the social security number. (Social Security documentation is required for the spouse of each applicant even if said spouse has no ownership interest in the homestead property);

If you are not a U.S. citizen, a Permanent Resident Alien Card ("Green Card");

If property is in trust, a copy of the trust agreement or a copy of a recorded Memorandum of Trust;

If the taxpayer owns property in any other State or Country, a letter from the appropriate agency verifying that the taxpayer does not receive benefits based on permanent residency in that jurisdiction;

A copy of your recorded deed or tax bill for property identification purposes;

If the dwelling is a manufactured home, registration(s) or title(s) for the manufactured home.

In some cases an owner can file for homestead online. Check the website as there are certain circumstances in which you will not be allowed to file for homestead exemption online.

There are other exemptions available, be sure to check to see if you are eligible for any of them.

If you have questions, contact the Brevard County Property Appraisers office at 321-255-4440.

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Congratulations, Gary on your newly constructed home in Manchester Lakes, West Melbourne. It’s a beauty! Thank you for hiring me to represent you as a buyer’s agent in the transaction.

You stayed ahead of everything the lender and builder needed and you were such a joy to work with! I feel blessed that we have become great friends!

I wish you all the best and many happy years in your new home!

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Home buyers decide whether or not to look inside a house based on its curb appeal or the exterior appearance of a property. What they see when they drive by, or when they arrive for a showing sets the tone for that first impression. It often determines if a buyer wants to go inside.

Great curb appeal

To prepare the house for sale, first you have to detach yourself from the property.

We are all proud of our homes, but when getting ready to sell, you must try to detach yourself from the house and remember that this is a business transaction. Try to look at your house in the same way a potential home buyer may.

The next time you come home, stop across the street or far enough down the driveway to get a good view of the house and its surroundings.

  • What is your first impression of the house and yard area?
  • What are the best exterior features of the house or lot? How can you enhance them?
  • What are the worst exterior features of the house? How can you minimize or improve them?
  • Park where a potential buyer would and walk towards the house, looking around you as if it were your first visit. Is the path clean and tidy?
  • Start making a list of positives and negatives about the property’s appearance.
  • Take photos of the home’s exterior and review the pictures.

In the evening do a drive by on the house again.  Stop across the street, like you did before.

Lighting is Always a Plus

  • Add a decorative street lamp or an attractive light fixture to a front porch.
  • Solar versions of outdoor lights are quick and easy to install, but only work when they receive full sun each day.
  • Lighting that’s visible through front windows should enhance the home’s appearance.

Don’t Forget the Rear View

Buyers doing a drive by will try to see your back yard. If it’s visible from another street or from someone’s driveway, it should be addressed as well.

Curb Appeal Starters

  • Kill mold and mildew on the house, sidewalks, roof, or driveway.
  • Pressure wash siding and decks.
  • Keep sidewalks and driveways clean.
  • Put away unnecessary garden implements and tools.
  • Clean the windows and gutters.
  • Mow the lawn regularly. Get rid of weeds.
  • Rake and dispose of leaves, even if your lot is wooded.
  • Edge the sidewalks.
  • Trim tree limbs that are near or touching the roof.
  • If you can budget it, a fresh paint job does wonders.
  • Put a fresh coat of paint on the front door.

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It never ceases to amaze me how quickly time passes.

There's Nothing Like the Love of Great Friends

My girls, Sam and Stephanie and I visited with my dear friend of 24 years, Jennifer and her family. Jennifer was there the day Stephanie was born almost 21 years ago.  She has watched my girls grow up.

And now it’s time for us to watch her little boy, Luke Henry, who is filled with energy, excitement, joy and giggles, grow up.

Jen and Chad you are amazing parents. And, you are all so truly blessed to have each other.

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No More Texting While Driving in Florida

The new law has been rolled out here in Florida putting a ban on texting while driving.  Drivers cannot use a cell phone or a tablet while their vehicle is in motion.

It could be a $30 fine for the first offense. A second violation in five years will cost $60 and add 3 points to your drivers license.

The law includes reading or sending a text, email or instant message on a smartphone while driving. This means police have to stop drivers for another offense in order to write a ticket for the texting. The law allows texting at a red light or in a traffic jam.

Florida is the 41st state to put this law into effect.

How is this going to affect your driving?

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