What are the requirements for homestead?

There are two necessary elements needed to receive homestead treatment. The property must be owned and occupied as the principal place of residence by the owner or a qualifying relative of the owner. A person or married couple is allowed only one homestead except in very specific situations. The ownership and occupancy requirements must be met by December 1 of the year preceding when taxes are payable. All new homesteads must make application by December 15. Downloadable forms for regular or relative homestead are available on the Assessor's page.

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1. What is market value?
2. How does the Assessor determine market value?
3. How close to actual value does the Assessor need to be?
4. How come values go up each year when no improvements are made to the property?
5. What kinds of improvements add to market value?
6. Will making repairs increase the estimated market value?
7. What can I do if the estimated market value or property classification is wrong?
8. What are the requirements for homestead?
9. Does an increase in estimated market value always mean an increase in property tax?