When Family Law Issues Involve Real Estate
Winter Vol. V
Inheriting a House: What Your Client Needs To Know
AUG 2017 Note From the Editor Dear Reader,
Another year and another round of changes are coming, but we
If a loved one has died and you find yourself inheriting their property, you’re likely experiencing a deluge of mixed emotions. Along with grief may come gratitude or even elation at your good fortune — and possibly a healthy dose of confusion and indecision. Should you keep the house for yourself or as a rental property? Should you sell it? Can you sell it? including your current life situation, whether you are a sole heir or need to split the property with others, and the tax implications of any move you make. With so much to think about, you definitely want professional real estate advice — preferably from a specialist with experience in this niche. Tax Consequences If your loved one originally bought their home on the cheap but it’s now worth much more, there are “stepped up” taxes to consider. If you keep the house, you’ll be taxed at the new market rate, which could take a big bite out of your inheritance, and there are certain advantages to selling and writing off the cost of the sale. Likewise, estate taxes on large estates worth over $5 million should be taken into account. Be sure to consult with a tax professional to understand the consequences of your decision about the property. Different Selling Strategies If you need to sell an inherited house, there’s more than one way to accomplish this, and an experienced Realtor is crucial for getting the job done the way you want to. If you’re looking for a quick sale, a real estate agent familiar with the local market and prospective investors can get the property off your hands fast, without any updating. If you prefer to get top dollar, that Realtor will advise you on the right updates and repairs to make and the best time to put the home on the market for the general public. The answers to these questions are highly personal and will depend on many factors,
will continue to keep you informed of trends as they pertain to probate and divorce issues. We are looking forward to a new year filled with more work and opportunities from you. Have a happy and healthy New Year.
And if your goals are somewhere in between? Trust a specialist in inherited real estate to tailor a plan for your needs. HomesThat NeedWork It’s very common for inherited homes to need major updating to appeal to today’s savvy buyers. This is especially true if your loved one was older and had lived in the home for many years. While a good Realtor will explain which updates are most useful in selling the house, a great estate Realtor recognizes that not all families have enough money left to make these investments before selling. When you talk to an agent with years of experience in estate sales, you’ll get the guidance you need to weigh the pros and cons of an as-is sale. Not All Realtors Are the Same All licensed real estate agents are qualified to sell a home, but there are many areas of specialty within the real estate world. To make informed choices about inherited property and to do the right thing by your family and other beneficiaries, choose to work with a real estate consultant who specializes in inherited property and estate sales. There’s simply no substitute for the know- how that comes from years of experience in this complex area, and working with a specialist will give you the peace of mind that you deserve in a difficult time.
Yours truly, –Marc Cormier Editor/Realtor
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