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It doesn't matter who you are or where you live, foreclosure can happen.
With an uncertain economy and changing inflation rates, we’re seeing more people facing foreclosure for property taxes. Foreclosure is a very stressful situation for Texas homeowners, and we want to provide you with ways on how to avoid it. Falling behind on property tax payments can lead to serious consequences, including the risk of losing your home.
Fortunately, you can take steps to prevent property tax foreclosure and protect your valuable asset.
In the event that you find yourself in foreclosure, reach out to our team of real estate experts at Big State Home Buyers, we have helped thousands of homeowners going through the same situation and would love to discuss your options with you. Our goal is to help you avoid foreclosure.
Let’s take a look at some effective ways to stop property tax foreclosure and some options in case foreclosure becomes unavoidable.
First, Understand Property Tax Foreclosure
Foreclosure for property taxes (also known as tax lien foreclosure) occurs when a homeowner fails to pay their property taxes within the designated time frame. In Texas, property taxes are a significant source of revenue for local governments, funding essential services and infrastructure–schools being one of the big ones. Consequently, the state has strict regulations to ensure the timely collection of those property taxes.
The foreclosure process typically begins when property taxes remain unpaid for a certain period, leading the taxing authority to initiate legal proceedings against the homeowner. It's important to understand that property tax foreclosure is separate from mortgage foreclosure and can be triggered by unpaid taxes alone.
How to Stop Property Tax Foreclosure
Here’s what you can do to stop a property tax foreclosure:
- Pay off owed taxes: The short and simple solution is to pay off your taxes to avoid foreclosure. While not an easy solution, paying off your taxes will stop the foreclosure.
- Sell your home: To quickly get out of debt and avoid foreclosure, selling your home will relieve the burden of foreclosure. You can work with a home-buying company like Big State to sell your home at a fair price in “as-is” condition.
- File for bankruptcy: With this option, you’re only giving yourself more time to get payments in order. You will still have to pay off your property taxes, bankruptcy will only assist with your time for paying what you owe.
How to Prevent Property Tax Foreclosure
If you’re getting close to foreclosure, here’s how to you can prevent it:
Stay Informed and Act Quickly
The key to preventing property tax foreclosure is staying informed about your tax obligations and acting promptly. Ensure you are aware of the property tax payment deadlines in your local area and budget accordingly. Keep track of any notices or communications from your local taxing authority, this means checking your mail and even looking at website resources.
If you find yourself struggling to make payments, do not delay seeking assistance. The longer you wait, the fewer options you might have to prevent foreclosure. Early intervention can significantly increase your chances of stopping property tax foreclosure.
Payment Plans and Installment Agreements
Many taxing authorities in Texas offer payment plans or installment agreements to homeowners who are unable to pay their property taxes in full. These arrangements allow you to spread out the tax debt over a period of time, making it more manageable.
Contact your local taxing authority to inquire about available payment plans and eligibility criteria. Keep in mind that you must adhere to the agreed-upon payment schedule to avoid further complications.
Homestead Exemption and Tax Deferral
Texas offers various property tax relief options, including homestead exemptions and tax deferral programs. A homestead exemption reduces the taxable value of your property, resulting in lower property tax payments. Ensure you have applied for all eligible exemptions to reduce your tax burden.
Tax deferral programs, on the other hand, allow eligible homeowners, often seniors or people with disabilities, to postpone property tax payments until the property is sold or transferred. While this can provide temporary relief, you need to understand the terms and requirements of such programs before agreeing to them.
Military Property Tax Exemptions
If you have a military or veteran status, you may be eligible for other tax abatement programs or relief. Contact your local tax office if you have questions or aren’t sure what you are eligible for.
Seek Legal Assistance
If you believe that you are facing foreclosure for property taxes unjustly or are struggling to navigate the complexities of the process, consider seeking legal assistance. An experienced attorney can review your situation, advocate on your behalf, and explore potential options to halt the foreclosure.
If needed, we work with a team of legal professionals and are happy to help our clients facing foreclosure to get the answers and support they need.
Explore Selling Your Property
If all else fails and you find yourself unable to pay off the delinquent taxes or reach a viable agreement with the taxing authority, selling your property may be the best solution to help get you out of the foreclosure process. A cash offer can be the lifeline that you need.
Selling your property to a reputable home-buying company like Big State Home Buyers can provide a quick and efficient way to resolve your tax debt and avoid foreclosure altogether. We buy homes as-in, in any condition, even homes with liens on them or in foreclosure, and we pay cash! A cash sale can get you a fresh start and prevent a foreclosure on your financial record.
Think About Your Options Before Making a Decision
Facing property tax foreclosure can be overwhelming, but with the right approach and timely action, it is possible to stop the process and protect your property. Stay informed about your tax obligations, explore payment options, and seek assistance when needed – you can navigate the challenges and find a solution that works for you.
Now that you know how to stop and prevent property tax foreclosure, remember that you do have options. Our team at Big State Home Buyers wants to encourage you to do all you can to seek help while your property is still yours. We love to help our clients try to save their homes or get a fresh start with a fair cash offer even while in foreclosure.
Remember, we’re here and always ready to assist you with a fair and hassle-free home-selling experience, should you decide that selling your property is the best course of action to avoid foreclosure.Get Started Selling Your House Today!