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Homestead Exemption

It’s Homestead Exemption Time!

Happy New Year!  If you are a “new” homeowner this year, I wanted to remind you to file for your homestead exemption. A homestead exemption is a legal provision that helps reduce the amount of property taxes owed on owner-occupied homes.  Under Georgia law, you are entitled to a homestead exemption for property that you own and occupy as your primary residence as of January 1.  The exemption is not automatic, however, and you have to properly file for the exemption with your county and/or city government to save on your taxes.

Your recorded deed should have been sent to you by the closing attorney approximately 4-6 weeks after the closing.  Please remember to contact the Tax Commissioner’s Office or Tax Assessor’s Office after you have filed the application to confirm receipt and that the taxing authority considers the exemption properly filed and granted.

I hope you are doing well and are enjoying your new home! Thank you so much for your business, and I wish you the best of luck this year!  Please feel free to call me if you have any questions or if I can help in any way.  I look forward to speaking with you soon.

Below are a few key details about Homestead Exemptions 

Basic Requirements for Homestead Exemption:

1. Must be legal resident of the county; and

2. Must own and occupy home as of January 1 of the year the homestead exemption is sought.


Deadline for Filing Homestead Exemption:

In most counties, the application must be filed by April 1 of the year the exemption is sought, but some counties have a different deadline.


How Long will the Homestead Exemption Last?

The Homestead exemption will remain on the property until there is a change in ownership.

What is the Homestead Exemption Amount?

These amounts are a reduction in what the amount that the taxed is based on.

**Please note that if the property is located within city limits, you may need to file with the city as well.  Click on a county link below to be taken to that county's Homestead Exemption page

Barrow County Gwinnett County Hall County
Forsyth County Walton County  


Dwayne Hanks
RE/MAX Regency

790 Peachtree Industrial Blvd Suite 100
Suwanee, GA 30024
Phone: 404-939-4470


Dwayne was always available when we had questions, got any information we wanted about properties quickly and guided us through the home buying process with great patience. He was positive, patient and encouraging throughout the whole journey which had a lot of twists and turns.

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Good Morning Dwayne! Thanks so much for the awesome gift! That was very thoughtful and I appreciate it more than you know. Thank you so much for all your help throughout this process. I am especially thankful that you were willing to work with me to secure a lot when things were not in order to actually secure one ... since I did not have my house at the time listed to sell. Thanks for your patience and willingness to work with me to make all this happen! I think I ended up with one of the best lots in the entire neighborhood! You are a class guy ... and I wish you all the best in all you do. Hopefully I will see you around some before you move off to another spot. Thanks again! Mark
Dwayne, Thank you so much for all of your help, and of course for dealing with all of our craziness! Hopefully you won't run when you see us coming down the road. We learned a lot through this process, but most of all, we learned how great of a person you are, kind, caring & easy going, and also how hard of a worker you are when it comes to your job. Thank you for being there for us. PS We hope you enjoy your dinner! Scott, Stephanie, & Joshua
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