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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Texas Legislature Passes Two Property Tax Relief Bills – What to Know

June 2, 2023

On Tuesday, May 6, 2023, the Texas House and Senate passed two differing property tax relief bills during the first day of the special session after months of negotiating. Both bills are meant to spend money on what is called a property tax compression (lower tax rate) and use $12.3 billion to reduce Texas property…

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5 Counties in Texas with the Lowest Property Tax Rates in 2023

May 31, 2023

As the saying goes, “Everything is bigger in Texas,” and the same is true for property taxes. Property taxes in the Lone Star State are known to be some of the highest in the United States, but did you know some homeowners in several Texas counties pay a property tax bill that is among the…

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Delinquent Property Taxes: 15 Terms Every Texan Should Know

May 26, 2023

Texans who are delinquent on paying their property taxes might face unfamiliar property tax terminology during their time of delinquency. Luckily, if you are ever struggling to make sense of what certain property tax terms mean, this glossary of definitions can help. Here are 15 terms you may see on your delinquent property tax bill…

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Why it’s Important to Settle Your Delinquent Texas Property Taxes Before July 1st

May 22, 2023

It’s that time of year again for Texans. The weather is getting warmer, and summer is around the corner. But temperatures aren’t the only thing increasing during this time of the year. If you’re like many Texas homeowners who have fallen delinquent on your property taxes, it can be overwhelming to see the increasing interest,…

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4 Tips for Protesting Your Texas Property Taxes in 2023

May 12, 2023

If you’re like many Texans, it can be difficult to pay your increasing property tax bill each year. Fortunately, there are options to help reduce your tax burden. As a Texas property owner, you may save thousands of dollars over time by protesting your residential or commercial property tax. Keep reading to learn 4 tips…

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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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Texas Homestead Exemptions: What They Are and When to File

April 28, 2023

After paying off last year’s Texas property taxes, you might be looking for ways to lower your property tax bill for the following year. One way to do this is through filing for a residence homestead exemption. Below, you can learn all about Texas homestead exemptions, how they work, and when to file. What is…

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Why a Property Tax Loan with No Payments for a Year May Be a Bad Idea

April 13, 2023

For many Texas homeowners, being delinquent on Texas property taxes can be an overwhelming and stressful situation and can often lead to impulsive decision-making. If you are in a hurry to pay off your delinquent property taxes and decide to use a licensed lender, you may be tempted to choose the first property tax lender…

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How Long Does It Take to Get a Property Tax Loan in Texas?

April 4, 2023

Texas property taxes are some of the highest in the nation, and if you are currently late paying your property taxes, your bill could almost double by the end of the year. This can occur from interest, penalties, and fees being tacked on to your property tax bill. The longer you wait to pay your…

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