It’s Homestead, Sweet Homestead in the State of Texas. Our Texas constitution can help prevent Texans from becoming homeless if they are in a financial bind. Texas homestead protection laws guard your homestead against foreclosure by judgment creditors such as credit card holders, bill collectors, or winning parties in lawsuits.

This special protection from creditors only extends to the homestead. There are a lot of legal definitions of a Texas homestead, but basically, it is a primary residence owned and lived in by a family or single adult. You can only have one homestead entitled to be exempt from seizure by claims of creditors. If the property is not a homestead, the creditor has the right to go after that property to satisfy a lien.

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Update: I’m stalking the Squatter. Saturday night I drove up to Flower Mound to see if there were any lights in the house at 2205 Waterford (really nice ‘hood, Robinson’s house is one home in from a major street) and there were none on. Snooped in the mailbox — no mail. Quiet as a church mouse save for the “No Tresspassing” sign Robinson plunked on the gate to the back-yard. Monday morning is his hearing. Thing he’ll show?

$1530.99 big ones is the property tax bill for 2205 Waterford Drive, due January 31, less if Mr. Robinson elects to take a homestead deduction. I am driving to Denton Monday morning to find out if he paid these taxes on time, also to see if Kenneth Robinson shows up in court at 9:00 a.m for his eviction hearing. Meantime, it looks like the “real” owner of the home has been located: William P. Ferguson is living in an apartment in Houston.