Many types of documents need to be signed in a real estate transaction. A number of factors are driving the real estate industry to transition from traditional paper and wet-ink signings to electric signatures on digital paperless documents. This is known as a digital closing or more commonly called an eClosing.
Review documents in advance and ask questions of the appropriate parties.
Close from any location.* If wet-signing is required a mobile closer or in a few instances a mobile notary may be utilized.
Reduced use of paper.
Reduced carbon footprint of shipping and storing physical documents.
Earlier document delivery.
No redundant paperwork.
Shorter signing appointments.
Shorter funding times.
Automated data validation.
Close on your real estate transaction interactively through a virtual closing room.
The December 2020 DFW area real estate statistics are in and we’ve got the numbers! Take a look at our stats infographics, separated by county, with MLS area stats on each county report as well! These infographics and video are perfect for social sharing so feel free to post them!
To see past month’s reports, please visit our resources section here.
For the full report from the Texas A&M Real Estate Research Center, click here. For NTREIS County reports click here.
Click here for a printable version of our Homestead Exemption flyer. For more information, view a video covering Homestead Exemptions on our YouTube channel here.
The tax offices watch deed filings and update their tax records but as a new purchaser, you may need to notify the taxing authorities of your ownership in the chance that the deed filing is missed. You may do this by contacting the appropriate tax appraisal district in your county from the following list:
Tarrant County Appraisal District – 817-284-0024 – www.tad.org
Your property is assigned a single appraised value, which is sent to all taxing jurisdictions. The jurisdiction then applies the tax rate, as set by its governing body, to the appraised value.
In order to qualify for a residential homestead exemption you must provide the following to the Central Appraisal District when submitting your application:
A copy of the applicant’s Texas drivers license or Texas identification certificate.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The property address on the exemption application must match the address listed on the applicant’s Texas driver’s /Texas identification certificate; otherwise the Chief Appraiser is prohibited from approving the exemption.
**TAX EXEMPTIONS On January 1, value, ownership, legal description of the property and exemption status of the taxpayer is determined. Several forms of tax relief are available which may reduce the taxable value of your property. Applying for exemptions is the taxpayer’s responsibility. Some exemptions require a new application each year. Contact your appraisal district to learn more about the following exemptions and how to file for them:
• General Homestead Exemption • Over 65 Exemption • Disabled Individual Exemption • Disabled Veteran Exemption • Agriculture Land Exemption
TO RECEIVE YOUR EXEMPTION(S), YOU MUST OWN THE PROPERTY AND BE LIVING IN THE PROPERTY AS OF JANUARY 1ST. YOUR APPLICATION MUST BE APPLIED FOR ON OR BEFORE APRIL 30TH TO RECEIVE THE TAX BENEFITS FOR THIS YEAR, THIS IS A FREE SERVICE.
Remember, tax statements are generally mailed in October of each year. The taxes are payable on or after October 31st, however, you may elect to pay them as late as January 31st without penalty. Taxes become delinquent February 1st and on this date penalties and interest do accrue. If you receive a Tax Statement and your mortgage company is escrowing funds for taxes from your monthly payments, forward the statement to your mortgage company so that they can pay the taxes.
If the Central Appraisal District sends correspondence regarding your exemption, make sure to respond.
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