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New Homeowner Tips & Helpful Info

Congratulations on your new home! The hard part is over, but there are still a few things you will want to be prepared for and we hope this info helps!

Buying a new home can be extremely overwhelming and stressful, especially if it is your first time buying a home. We put together this guide with some helpful information & other general tips, to try to make the process less stressful and to give you an idea on what to expect next. 

Filing Homestead Exemption

Now that you have closed on your new home, you will want to file for homestead exemption to receive a reduced tax rate. You will file this with your county. Below is a link with some additional info on homestead exemption, as well as some links for some of the different local counties websites.

Filing for Homestead Requirements & Portability

(Also check out our blog covering the steps to file homestead exemption: How to File Homestead Exemption in Florida)

Moving Address Change Checklist

For most people, buying a new home means a new mailing address. This means having to update all your current accounts and services that you currently use, records with the new mailing address. To make this process easier, we created a list of all the different types of institutions, companies, and other services, that you may currently use, that you will want to consider updating your home address / mailing address on record. It's very easy to overlook some of these companies. 

Ultimate Moving Checklist & Change of Address

Other Helpful Tips

We combined a list of other general tips and info on what to expect next and put them all on one page. This includes some info on what to expect after your closing, when your first payment is due, how to make your first payment, along with some other helpful tips on things you may want to consider doing to make your life easier in your new home. There is some really good info in this list.

Tips for Owning a New Home & What to Expect Next

Additional Tools

We also added links below for other ideas and projects that you may be interested in doing. 

What Mortgage and Homeowner Expenses are Tax Deductible?

4 Simple Ways to Add Value to Your Home

Kitchen Makeover on a Budget

4 Ways to Add Value to Your Backyard Without Breaking the Bank

Also check out our blog for new posts with help homeowner tips and tools: Contemporary Mortgage BLOG

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Contemporary Mortgage Services, Inc

498 Palm Springs Dr Suite 220
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701