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Homestead

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 2:38pm

The Texas Constitution makes a requirement that before someone’s homestead be sold or borrowed against the owner and their spouse must consent to the transaction. A common misconception is that the spouse is required to sign because of the Texas community property rules. It is important to understand that it is not community property rules that require a spouse to consent at closing unless the property was acquired while the spouses were married. The proper explanation about why a spouse has to sign is because homestead protections provided for in the Texas Constitution require their signature. The two concepts are often present in a closing, and sometimes overlap in the end result to require a spouse to sign for closing, but they are separate and distinct laws.