New homeowners targets of homestead exemption scams.
If you have recently purchased a home, you will need to be very attentive to every piece of mail you get. Some new homeowners may receive misleading letters from private companies offering to file a designation of homestead form for a fee.
These letters are crafted to look as though they come from local taxing authorities but in actuality the letters are designed to solicit. Often after paying the initial fee new homeowners receive other mail asking for more money due to other “required services”.
The Better Business Bureau offers tips for new homeowners.
1. Read each letter very carefully. Be sure to always look for small print and disclaimers. Do this especially if the letter appears to be from a government office.
2. Verify Claims. If you come across a letter that claims to have an affiliation with a government agency, take the time to contact the government agency the letter claims to be affiliated with to verify the claims are true.
4. Keep your other half in the loop. Inform your partner of the homestead exemption scam.
New homeowners will often be filled with emotions when they initially move into their new home and this seems like the perfect time for a scammer to make their way in. Be cautious and at the same time enjoy the moment!
Every year I take out the work for you if you buy or sell using me as your Realtor. I send out Homestead Exemption letters to all my recent buyers and sellers. If you are looking to buy or sell give me a call today and I can make the process smooth!
*Source Houston Chronicle
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