It's Time to File Your Homestead Exemption

Happy New Year and welcome to 2019!!

We want to thank you for being such a big part of BIRDHOME in 2018 and for buying a home with us. Now its time to start off 2019 on the right real estate foot by filing your homestead exemption form so you can SAVE MONEY on your tax bill at the end of the year.

Depending on the price of your home, filing this exemption can potentially save you thousands of dollars per year.

Who should apply?

You! If you bought a home in 2018 and it is your primary residence, the time to apply and save is now. The deadline to apply is anytime between January 1st and April 30th.

How to Apply for a Homestead Exemption

Below are a list of counties where we sell real estate. Depending on where you live, you will download and file differently.


Travis County Appraisal District

Mailing Address: P.O. BOX 149012, Austin, TX 78714-9012


Williamson County Appraisal District allows for Online filing

Mailing Address: 625 FM 1460, Georgetown, TX 78626-8050


Hays County Appraisal District

Mailing Address: 21001 IH 35 North, Kyle, Texas 78640


What you will need to file

Besides filling out the form and sending it in, you will also need to send a copy of your Texas driver's license and the address must match the homestead address.

Cost of filing for a homestead exemption

There is absolutely no cost associated with filing your homestead exemption. You will get mail from third party vendors offering to file your exemption for a fee. Do not pay them to file for you.


Texas Comptroller’s FAQ

Texas Property Tax Exemptions Tax Code

Other Exemptions you can potentially file for are here.

As a quick recap….

(1) If you bought a home in 2018, and

(2) it’s your primary residence as of January 1st, 2019, you can

(3) apply for a homestead exemption with your county appraisal district.

(4) The deadline to file is April 30th, 2019 and

(5) you will need to include a current Texas driver’s license or ID with the address matching the homestead address.

(6) The cost associated with filing for the exemption is ABSOLUTELY FREE.

November 2018 Market Report - Austin home prices are up 5.5% Year over Year

November 2018 Market Report - Austin home prices are up 5.5% Year over Year

The Fall into Winter real estate market is still going strong in Austin. With sales up 5.5% in Austin and median homes prices still on the rise, look to 2019 housing market starting off really strong!

For Sale: 7912 Finch Trail, Cherry Creek Neighborhood, 78745

Another Beautiful #BIRDHOMElife remodel!

This craftsman-chic 2 story home sits on a charming tree-lined street in South Austin 

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Don’t miss this opportunity to own a #BIRDHOMElife remodel! This home needed a complete rehab from the roof down to the floors. We put a lot of love and energy into this project and it’s ready for you to call it home.

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7912 Finch Trail Austin, TX 78745

Neighborhood: Cherry Creek

Specifications: 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms, 1,736sqft

Asking Price: $399,500

If you live here, you will host great parties, sleep easy in well-appointed master and make plenty of memories with the amazing neighbors who couldn’t be more excited to have you!

Enjoy everything that this Crafstman-chic home has to offer. Towering ceilings with a wall of windows greets you as you enter the front door. New luxury laminate wood floors throughout. The well appointed chef’s kitchen features custom cabinets, stainless steel appliances, butcher block counters and marble-inspired ceramic tile. The master bedroom suite also has vaulted ceilings and a dreamy master bathroom. Over-sized soaking tub, his/her closets and double vanity. This is the home you have been waiting for! 

Home Upgrades Include:

  • New HVAC system with conveyable warranty

  • New Roof with conveyable warranty

  • Stainless steel appliances

  • New Garage Door

  • New Fixtures, hardware throughout

  • New luxury laminate floors and high end carpet

  • New Custom Kitchen by Ikea


  • South Austin neighborhood of Cherry Creek

  • Easy access to I35 and Mopac

  • Minutes from Shopping at:

    • Central Market

    • HEB

  • 15 minutes to Downtown Austin

Under Contract - 2133 Castellano - Custom Bella Vista Home on Greenbelt Lot

Dramatic Greenbelt & Lake Views are the center-point of this Custom Home in the family-friendly neighborhood of Bella Vista in Cedar Park.

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This home was originally built for an Executive of the Development company for the neighborhood. The lot was hand picked for it’s views and location within the community. The home has design features not seen in any other home in the community.

Panoramic views of the Hill Country, Twin Creeks Golf Course and Lake Travis.

Panoramic views of the Hill Country, Twin Creeks Golf Course and Lake Travis.

3122 Castellano Way Cedar Park, TX 78613

Neighborhood: Bella Vista

Specifications: 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 3,300sqft with over 1,100sqft of outdoor living space

Asking Price: $600,000

If you live here, you will wake up every morning and take in the gorgeous greenbelt and Lake Travis views through the panoramic windows. Don’t miss this completely custom home on a premium greenbelt lot. Like none other in Bella Vista. With the master bedroom and mother-in-law suite downstairs and two more spacious rooms and a game room upstairs, there is plenty of room to spread out. 

Beautiful hand-scraped wood floors, oversized Renewal by Anderson windows, new Trane HVAC and ducts with allergy system and upgraded sprinkler system are only a few of the updates the seller made. Enjoy the great outdoor living spaces with fireplace, sauna, custom grill and smoker. New custom-wood garage door contains and fully finished garage space with plenty of storage and workshop. This home has it all and won’t last long.   

Furnishings, grills and TVs are all negotiable.

Home Upgrades Include:

  • Trane HVAC System with new duct work and allergy system

  • Renewal by Anderson Oversized windows throughout the home

  • Luxury Carpet Upstairs and in Bedrooms and Office

  • Wood Garage Door

  • Garage Epoxy flooring, custom storage systems and workshop.

  • Upgraded Sprinkler System, tuned and serviced yearly.

  • Expanded custom rock work patio

  • New Water Heaters


  • On the edge of the Austin/Cedar Park Border

  • Bella Vista is at the corner of Anderson Mill and Volente Rd (CR 2769)

  • Minutes from Shopping at:

    • Lakeline Mall

    • HEB Plus

  • Twin Creek Country Club and Golf Course a few minutes away

  • 10 minutes from Lake Travis

  • Travassa Spa and Resort is 5 minutes down Volente Road

Neighborhood Amenities include party room, pool and playground.

July 2018 Market Report - Single-family home sales experience double-digit growth

July 2018 Market Report - Single-family home sales experience double-digit growth

Summer is over and the market has started to enter it's cooling off period. School is starting, Football season is right around the corner and Austin is in need of a much needed break from the heat. The same goes for the Hotter than Hot real estate market that reached new highs for the month of July.