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We recommend you visit the following real estate sites before buying, selling a home, renting an apartment or other real estate transaction within florida:
Miami Dade Property Tax Collector
Palm Beach Property Tax Collector

Florida Homestead Exemption: A Boon Until you Sell! Florida’s Homestead Tax exemption ($25,000 of assessed value is not taxed for one’s primary home) also limits real estate tax increases to the lesser of that year’s increase in the Consumer Price Index or 3%. This is a significant advantage for Florida residents, who escape the significant tax increases which non-residents, owners of second homes and investors face. The downside, however, is that when a resident sells his primary residence, to upgrade or to relocate within the state, he or she may of course apply for a new Homestead Tax exemption, but this would be based on the assessed value of the new home. This can mean a significant increase in taxes for someone who, for example, bought a home assessed at $200,000 five years ago and whose taxes have increased no more than 3% a year, and who sells that property for $500,000, and acquires a new home assessed at $500,000. Annual increases under a new Homestead Tax exemption again will be capped at 3%, but the starting assessed value will be much higher. A solution to this problem would be for a seller to first put aside a portion of his profits, invest them conservatively, and hold this amount as a reserve to pay his increased real estate tax before upgrading to a property assessed at a higher value.

Congressional District Map for the State of Florida

Real Estate Congressional Districts for Florida

Housing, School Statistics and Crime Reports

Alachua County Population: 217,955 - Alachua Crime Report
Baker County Population: 22,259 - Baker Crime Report
Bay County Population: 148,217 - Bay Crime Report
Bradford County Population: 26,088 - Bradford Crime Report
Brevard County Population: 476,230 - Brevard Crime Report
Broward County Population: 1,623,018 - Broward Crime Report
Calhoun County Population: 13,017 - Calhoun Crime Report
Charlotte County Population: 141,627 - Charlotte Crime Report
Citrus County Population: 118,085 - Citrus Crime Report
Clay County Population: 140,814 - Clay Crime Report
Collier County Population: 251,377 - Collier Crime Report
Columbia County Population: 56,513 - Columbia Crime Report
De Soto County Population: 0 - De Soto Crime Report
Dixie County Population: 13,827 - Dixie Crime Report
Duval County Population: 778,879 - Duval Crime Report
Escambia County Population: 294,410 - Escambia Crime Report
FLAGLER County Population: 49,832 - FLAGLER Crime Report
Franklin County Population: 11,057 - Franklin Crime Report
Gadsden County Population: 45,087 - Gadsden Crime Report
Gilchrist County Population: 14,437 - Gilchrist Crime Report
Glades County Population: 10,576 - Glades Crime Report
Gulf County Population: 13,332 - Gulf Crime Report
Hamilton County Population: 13,327 - Hamilton Crime Report
Hardee County Population: 26,938 - Hardee Crime Report
Hendry County Population: 36,210 - Hendry Crime Report
Hernando County Population: 130,802 - Hernando Crime Report
Highlands County Population: 87,366 - Highlands Crime Report
Hillsborough County Population: 998,948 - Hillsborough Crime Report
Holmes County Population: 18,564 - Holmes Crime Report
Indian River County Population: 112,947 - Indian River Crime Report
Jackson County Population: 46,755 - Jackson Crime Report
Jefferson County Population: 12,902 - Jefferson Crime Report
Lafayette County Population: 7,022 - Lafayette Crime Report
Lake County Population: 210,528 - Lake Crime Report
Lee County Population: 440,888 - Lee Crime Report
Leon County Population: 239,452 - Leon Crime Report
Levy County Population: 34,450 - Levy Crime Report
Liberty County Population: 7,021 - Liberty Crime Report
Madison County Population: 18,733 - Madison Crime Report
Manatee County Population: 264,002 - Manatee Crime Report
Marion County Population: 258,916 - Marion Crime Report
Martin County Population: 126,731 - Martin Crime Report
Miami-Dade County Population: 2,253,362 - Miami-Dade Crime Report
Monroe County Population: 79,589 - Monroe Crime Report
Nassau County Population: 57,663 - Nassau Crime Report
Okaloosa County Population: 170,498 - Okaloosa Crime Report
Okeechobee County Population: 35,910 - Okeechobee Crime Report
Orange County Population: 896,344 - Orange Crime Report
Osceola County Population: 172,493 - Osceola Crime Report
Palm Beach County Population: 1,131,184 - Palm Beach Crime Report
Pasco County Population: 344,765 - Pasco Crime Report
Pinellas County Population: 921,482 - Pinellas Crime Report
Polk County Population: 483,924 - Polk Crime Report
Putnam County Population: 70,423 - Putnam Crime Report
Saint Johns County Population: 0 - Saint Johns Crime Report
Saint Lucie County Population: 0 - Saint Lucie Crime Report
Santa Rosa County Population: 117,743 - Santa Rosa Crime Report
SARASOTA County Population: 325,957 - SARASOTA Crime Report
Seminole County Population: 365,196 - Seminole Crime Report
SUMTER County Population: 53,345 - SUMTER Crime Report
Suwannee County Population: 34,844 - Suwannee Crime Report
Taylor County Population: 19,256 - Taylor Crime Report
Union County Population: 13,442 - Union Crime Report
Volusia County Population: 443,343 - Volusia Crime Report
Wakulla County Population: 22,863 - Wakulla Crime Report
Walton County Population: 40,601 - Walton Crime Report
Washington County Population: 20,973 - Washington Crime Report

Useful links for home assistance programs and for purchasing or buying real estate:


Hud Homes
Ginnie Mae
Disaster Relief Project Hope
FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
American Red Cross
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Comprehensive Real Estate Glossary
Center for Community Change
National Congress for Community Economic Development
National Low Income Housing Coaliton