(1) The house in which a family lives, plus any adjoining land and other buildings on that land.

(2) Land, and the improvements thereon, designated by the owner as his homestead and, therefore, protected by state law from forced sale by certain creditors of the owner. Homestead protection will not stop foreclosures for delinquent mortgages, taxes or mandatory homeowner’s association dues.

(3) Land acquired out of the public lands of the United States. The term “homesteaders” refers to people who got their land by settling it and making it productive, rather than purchasing it outright.

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