Category Archives: Lafayette

Deadline for Filing Homestead Exemption Approaching

In Lafayette County Mississippi, homeowners who purchased a house can file for Homestead Exemption between Jan-Apr 1 of the following year. So if you live in and around Oxford and bought your house last year and currently live in it, you can file and should file for this tax exemption benefit. But don’t delay; if you miss the April 1 deadline you  must wait until next January to file.img_1015

Non-exempt taxes are higher taxes. You may have city and county taxes and it makes sense to file for the exemption.

Here are the rules and what you need to file for exemption, below. Click here for a printable version. When you are ready, head to the big white building in the center of the Oxford Square and on the first floor you will find the Tax Office for filing homestead exemption.

HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION

Homestead must be filed between January 1 and April 1 to take effect. The home owner must occupy the property as a primary residence for the exemption to apply.

Filing a New Homestead

When filing a new homestead, you must have the following information:

  1. Copy of your recorded warranty deed
  2. Social security numbers of both husband & wife
  3. Purchase price of your house & land
  4. Tag numbers of all vehicles in your possession

Special Exemption

If you became 65 or were declared 100% disabled on or before January 1, you need to file for the special exemption.

  • 65 or Older
    • Know your date of birth
    • Tag numbers on all vehicles in your possession
  • 100% Disability
    • Social security awards letter stating your disability & the date you were declared disable or
    • Two detailed letters from two different doctors stating your disability and the date.
    • Tag numbers of all vehicles in your possession

Eileen Saunders, SRES, REALTOR,  Tommy Morgan Realtors, 2092 Old Taylor Rd, Oxford MS 38655  662-404-0816 | 662-234-5344  eileen@tmhomes.com  Equal Housing

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Lafayette School District 2016-17 Academic Schedule

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Eileen Saunders, REALTOR with Tommy Morgan Realtors, 2092 Old Taylor Road, Oxford, MS 38655.  662-404-0816/662-234-5344 Equal Housing

What Do Bunnies Have To Do With Real Estate

The Oxford Mississippi housing market is hot right now.

Buyers consist of first-time homebuyers, parents purchasing condos for their college students housing needs, and Ole Miss football fans who want a place to stay in the fall during the games. There are also families that just want a bigger home, rental property investors, homeowners who want to downsize, and workers relocating to the area for a new job.

Between 2013 and 2014, Oxford and Lafayette County was ranked the 15th fastest growing “micropolitan” area in the U.S., by the Census Bureau. And it is the fastest growing part of the state of Mississippi.Peeps bunnies cropped.jpg

So many people are moving here or want to buy a place to stay when they visit. But we have a shortage of homes available leaving buyers scrambling to purchase what they can and what they need.  With this comes even higher prices for housing (law of suppy and demand). I often hear renters and first-time buyers complain about the cost of housing. “There is no affordable housing in Oxford,” they say.  Well, there is, but it gets snatched up so quickly when it comes on the market leaving wannabe first-time homebuyers scratching their heads.

My suggestion for those that want to purchase a home in Oxford is to be prepared: get your finances in order, have a plan, get a pre-qualification from your bank so you know how much you can borrow and in what price range you can search. Once you are on top of the money process, find a real estate agent to help you.  Start a relationship with a local agent who will then know what you want, how much you can spend and how quickly you can jump on making an offer.  In this market, if you take your time searching the internet and then have to find an agent to get the ball rolling, you might miss the opportunity.

So what do bunnies have to do with real estate?  They represent homebuyers hopping on housing opportunities as fast as they can. Be a bunny!

Eileen Saunders, Realtor with Tommy Morgan Realtors~2092 Old Taylor Road, Oxford, MS 38655~662-404-0816, 662-234-5344. Equal Housing.

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Virtual Staging of 342 Winners Circle, Oxford MS 38655

This MLS-listed home is vacant. This beautiful home’s photos on the internet show empty rooms and when you visit, you get to walk through those large rooms without an idea of what they’d look like furnished.

But here’s some great news: I’ve staged several of the rooms, virtually, to give you, the homebuyer, a picture of what the house looks like as a home.

Winners Circle, in the Steeplechase subdivision, is  located approximately 8 miles west of Oxford, MS along Highway 6/278.  It is in Lafayette County and children residing in Steeplechase would attend the County Public Schools.

As you watch the slideshow below, note the before and after photos: the empty room with the virtually staged room to compare. The home does not come with window treatments. The only carpets are wall-to-wall in 3 bedrooms and the upstairs media/bonus room.

Contact your REALTOR, or call me, for an appointment to view this home. Priced at $449,900, it is a lovely home with a peaceful, country view from a hilltop.

Could this be your Dream Home?

Enjoy the slideshow.

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Eileen Saunders, Realtor~Tommy Morgan Realtors, 2092 Old Taylor Road, Oxford, MS 38655~662-404-0816/662-234-5344.  Equal Housing

342 Winners Circle, Oxford, MS 38655 Steeplechase

THIS HOUSE HAS BEEN SOLD 10/15
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This property enjoys an amazing view from the front  yard and the home office,  a great back yard for entertaining and a place for the kids to play. Room for a pool. Private, surrounded by trees. Media room upstairs and the house appears to be wired for surround-sound. 3-car garage. Laundry/mud room.  Walk-in attic space. Dream kitchen, a must see!

Country solitude yet convenient to the interstate and minutes to Oxford, shopping, Ole Miss football and both the Tri-Lakes Medical Center and Baptist Memorial Hospital.

Make this your next home. Call for an appointment to view. MLS#133852.

Eileen Saunders, Realtor~Tommy Morgan, Inc., Realtors, 2092 Old Taylor Rd., Oxford, MS 38655~662-404-0816, 662-234-5344

Cicada Invasion in Lafayette County/Oxford MS

Here’s my story: Not too long ago we moved into a house whose back yard faces a  well-traveled road but we have a  rather high, brick wall surrounding the patio yard which buffers a lot of sound. I was commenting on how peaceful it is to just sit in the yard with your eyes closed. The road noise from the occasional car passing by reminded me, with a powerful imagination, of ocean waves slowly rising to shore, crashing and retreating. Every now and then a powerful wave crashes. That’s the equivalent of a noisy car or truck. (I used to live seaside).

So, sitting in the yard is a pleasure until recently there has been such a noise that has become maddening. It sounds like a machine, or some sonar-type impulses. I hadn’t noticed it before.

Clearly, it should pass but the noise only got louder so I investigated, which is something I do well. Jumping into my car, I took a ride through an adjacent neighborhood where the sound was louder. There’s a dam back there and a farm beyond the trees. I remembered the county landfill/dump is nearby so I drove up there, stopped at the top of the hill and listened. Nothing. So I thought, “OK, that’s the farm noise.”

The noise disappeared that evening so I was convinced it was a machine.

But no!  The next day it was back. I later ventured into Water Valley to preview a house for a client. When I opened the car door I was struck, full blast, by the same sound.  Was there some kind of inviso-shielded space craft hovering over my space to antagonize my ear drums?

My husband heard it. The window-treatment rep who came to my house the day before heard it. My neighbor heard it. We were all stumped.

I headed to the office which sits across Highway 6 from the Ole Miss campus and the Park and Ride lots.  Getting out of my car I heard it again.  I texted my husband with the news and received a reply: “someone said it was cicadas,” he explained.

Cicada, Cicadoidea, Insect, Exoskeleton

That was a much better explanation than an invisible hovering space craft.  This morning after writing this story, I read, in the Sunday edition of the Oxford Citizen newspaper, that cicadas have invaded. Sigh of relief. Cicadas are friendly, although annoying.  They present no threats to beam any of us up to some unknown adventure and will die off soon. According to the article, sometime around mid-June our environment will quiet down again. And if not, watch the skies.

Eileen Saunders, Realtor ~~ Tommy Morgan, Inc., Realtors, 2092 Old Taylor Rd., Oxford, MS~~ 662-234-5344 (o) or 662-404-0816

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