Alex … I’ll take Homestead Exemption for …

Written by Joel Gerber. Posted in Homestead Exemption, Real Estate



Alex Trebek may know a lot, but even he could end up in jeopardy if he’s not careful when it comes to filing the Homestead Exemption. For those of you who are a Georgia resident, purchased a primary residence in 2018 (or have made a prior owned property your primary residence as of December 31, 2018) and that property is located in Bryan, Effingham, Liberty, Bulloch, Glynn, Long, McIntosh or Tattnall Counties, you are not in jeopardy and you should file for the Homestead Exemption. By filing for the Homestead Exemption, you will receive a reduction of your home’s assessed value each year going forward as long as you reside in the home as your primary residence.

To file for the Homestead Exemption in these eight counties you will need to bring your driver’s license (showing the new property address) and a January utility bill showing service in December 2018 to your respective county tax assessor’s office. The Homestead Exemption must be filed before April 1, 2019. You only need to file for the Homestead Exemption one time.

Homestead Exemption … Come On Down!

Written by Joel Gerber. Posted in Homestead Exemption, Real Estate



Homestead Exemption … come on down, you’re the next contestant on the Price is Right! But, is the price really right? For those of you who are a Georgia resident, purchased a primary residence in 2017 (or have made a prior owned property your primary residence as of December 31, 2017) and that property is located in Bryan, Effingham, Liberty, Bulloch, Glynn or Tattnall Counties, the price is right and you should file for the Homestead Exemption. By filing for the Homestead Exemption, you will receive a reduction of your home’s assessed value each year going forward as long as you reside in the home as your primary residence.

To file for the Homestead Exemption in these six counties you will need to bring your driver’s license (showing the new property address) and a January utility bill showing service in December 2017 to your respective county tax assessor’s office. The Homestead Exemption must be filed before April 1, 2018.

For those who are a Georgia resident, purchased a primary residence in 2017 (or have made a prior owned property your primary residence as of December 31, 2017) and that property is located in Chatham County, the price is not necessary always right and you will need to utilize the information below to determine whether it is the right time for you to file for the Homestead Exemption.

Homestead Exemption and Happy New Year!

Written by Joel Gerber. Posted in Homestead Exemption, Real Estate



Now that Ho Ho Ho is over and Happy New Year is upon us, another important “H” word must be addressed. That’s right . . . the Homestead Exemption. If you are a Georgia resident and purchased a primary residence in 2016, the following is a guide to help you determine whether you should file for the exemption this year. Please note that for those of you who live in Bryan, Effingham, Liberty or Bulloch County guidance for filing the Homestead Exemption is addressed towards the end of this post.

For Chatham County property owners, first go to the Chatham County Tax Assessor’s website. Search by address to view your property record card. Do not be alarmed if the proprty record card is not yet in your name. The 2016 Fair Market Value of your property can be found in the top right corner of the property record card. You will need to know the Fair Market Value to determine whether to file for the Homestead Exemption.

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