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Prepare for Prop 19 Property Tax Portability Savings

Prepare for Prop 19 Property Tax Portability Savings

Proposition 19 fully goes into effect on April 1, 2021, protecting millions of older homeowners, homeowners with severe disabilities, and victims of wildfire or natural disaster. What does this mean for my clients? Today, we break it down:

The passage of Proposition 19 represents a huge win for homeowners…

Before Prop 19, only homeowners buying and selling within the same county could take advantage of property tax base transfers. For homeowners who were buying and selling across counties, only ten counties allowed property tax basis transfers. Importantly, these transfers were subject to price restrictions and could only be done one time.

Proposition 19 removes all location and price restrictions to allow homeowners who are 55 or older, severely disabled, or victims of wildfires or natural disasters to:

  • Purchase a replacement home anywhere in California and transfer the taxable value of their current home, allowing them to realize significant annual property tax savings. Purchasing a more expensive home will result in an adjusted tax increase based on the original property’s Prop 13 tax basis.
  • Move closer to family or medical care, purchase a home that better meets their needs, replace a fire-damaged home, or retire or relocate anywhere in the state while receiving tax savings.
  • Save substantially in annual property taxes when moving to a replacement home, even if the replacement home is more expensive than the original primary residence (with an adjustment upward to their tax basis if the replacement property is of greater value).
  • Transfer the low property tax base of their original home to a new home up to three times.

Frequently Asked Questions

Want to learn more about what proposition 19 means for you as a homeowner? Read through the frequently asked questions.

Information provided by the California Realtors Association.

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