Residents who have owned a home in Maine for at least 12 months can qualify. It doesn't matter if you sold one home and moved to another, as long as you can show "continuous ownership" over the 12 month period.
The application is quick and easy. Just answer a few questions about your residency and property and send this application to your town officials by April 1st. That's all you have to do. Apply once and you probably will not have to apply again unless you move. When your town mails your tax bill, $10,000 of your home's value will be exempt. The value of this benefit will depend upon the tax rate in your community.
Note: Active duty military personnel who are permanently stationed in Maine and own a residence here are now eligible for this exemption. You must present a letter from your military commander stating that you are stationed in Maine, in addition to completing the application. Members of the National Guard and Army Reserves are not eligible, unless they are Maine residents anyway.
- Homestead Application Form (PDF Download of Application)