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In Texas, a person's homestead is primarily a question of intent and, while the person does not actually have to live in the property, he or she needs to undertake some sort of action in preparation to reside in the property, in order to claim it as a homestead. Once a homestead is claimed, the designation tends to stick, so if the home was previously designated as your homestead, if you have the intent to actually return there at some point, and if you have no other claimed homestead you should be fine. Otherwise, putting your ducks in a row, gradually renovating the property so you can later move there, etc. would suffice.
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