New Homeowner

Inheriting Property in Texas: Everything You Need to Know

October 31, 2023

In a perfect world, inheriting property from a loved one would be a simple and uncomplicated process, especially during a time of loss. However, that is not always the case. The property you inherit comes with responsibility for what is left behind. This could include a mortgage, maintenance costs, the possibility of overdue property taxes,…

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What to Know About the Texas Property Tax Relief Bill Before Voting in November

August 22, 2023

After many months of disagreement, Texas lawmakers finally came to a compromise on Thursday, July 13, 2023, when the Texas House passed Senate Bill 2, advancing the property tax relief bill to Governor Greg Abbott for his approval. This compromise includes an increased homestead exemption and will deliver more than $18 billion in property tax…

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5 Counties in Texas with the Highest Property Tax Rate in 2023

June 20, 2023

From its rich history, booming market, delicious cuisine, and tax-free income – there are many reasons that motivate people to buy a home and settle in Texas. But what many non-Texans don’t know is that property taxes in the Lone Star State can be high! Due to the lack of personal income tax, counties in…

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3 Resources for Low Income Texans that Need Help Paying Mortgage Payments or Property Taxes

June 12, 2023

June is National Homeownership Month and is recognized for the impact homeownership has on people’s lives and local communities. In honor of this month, Johnson & Starr wants to remind Texans that there are various resources available for low-income Texans who need help paying their mortgage payments and property taxes. Keep reading to learn more…

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5 Home Buying Tips for Texas Veterans

May 4, 2023

With one of the most robust veteran benefits programs in the nation, it’s no surprise that the state of Texas is a popular location for veterans to live in. Whether you’re a seasoned property owner or a first-time home buyer, there are various resources for Texas veterans that can help make the buying process simpler…

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4 Investment Tips for Texas Homeowners

February 2, 2023

As a Texas homeowner, the start of the new year can be the perfect time to invest your money for the future. No matter your age or income level, by taking steps to invest your money, you can improve your finances and protect your home from emergencies or unexpected expenses. Keep reading to learn 4…

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When is a New Homeowner Liable for Property Tax in Texas?

August 19, 2022

Buying your first home is an exciting experience but can also be a bit overwhelming —especially when it comes to budgeting for costs like property taxes. Keep reading to learn a few basics about Texas property taxes and when first-time homebuyers in Texas are liable for property tax. What are Property Taxes?  If you’re a…

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