The homestead exemption takes the property out of probate- please see Art X, section 4 of the constitution. Relevant portion:
(b) These exemptions shall inure to the surviving spouse or heirs of the owner.
(c) The homestead shall not be subject to devise if the owner is survived by spouse or minor child, except the homestead may be devised to the owner’s spouse if there be no minor child. The owner of homestead real estate, joined by the spouse if married, may alienate the homestead by mortgage, sale or gift and, if married, may by deed transfer the title to an estate by the entirety with the spouse. If the owner or spouse is incompetent, the method of alienation or encumbrance shall be as provided by law.
However, that complicates matters even more so, as then the personal rep of the probate estate would not have the ability (legal standing) to transfer the property, because the property would not be part of the probate estate. Rather the heirs would be the legal owners and would be the only parties allowed to transfer the property. The probate court would still need to declare that the property is in fact homesteaded, and then it would pass outside of probate to the heirs (and not be subject to creditors)
This statute specifically addresses homesteads: