How To Sell An Inherited Property


Inheriting a property from a deceased relative can be an overwhelming process. Typically the home will go through probate courts which can take months. Things only get more complicated when multiple heirs (especially if everyone doesn’t agree with selling). Converting the property into cash by selling is complicated and sometimes confusing as taxes and governing laws must be factored into the equation.

The Probate Process

Inheriting property from an estate is governed by a legal process. If the previous owner had a legal will, you might be able to skip many of the typical legal actions. If no will was left from the deceased owner, typically, the property will go to the next of kin. 

Even if a will was written, the majority of estates would still have to go through a legal process called probate. This process ensures that the wishes left by the person who died are followed.

Every state has its own laws governing probate. In most cases, the court will appoint an executor to carry out the instructions desired in the will. This includes making sure ownership of assets goes to the right people and is not wasted.

Ownership Types

If a will names a single person as the beneficiary and new owner of the property, it simplifies matters considerably. As the sole owner, the beneficiary will not have to consult with joint-heirs about what to do with the property.

In most cases, a will name multiple people as beneficiaries. This can result in multiple owners of one property.

How Inheritance Taxes Work

Most states won’t be subject to federal estate tax; if the property is sold again, you will have to pay taxes.

You can avoid paying taxes on the majority of the proceeds from selling the property because of a law that allows the value of the deceased person’s property to be stepped up to its fair market value on the day they died. Instead of whatever it was when the property was acquired.

Say your parents purchased their home 40 years ago for $80,000, but today it’s worth $200,000. For purposes of inheritance, its “stepped-up” value will be set at $200,000

If the property is sold, the heirs will only owe taxes on the amount if it exceeds the basis price. For example, if the $200,000 home is sold for $210,000, taxes would be owed on $10,000.

Any gain is subject to capital gains taxes. There are two types of capital gains, long-term and short-term.

Sales of assets held more than a year are subject to long-term capital gains taxes. Long-term capital gains taxes can range from nothing to as much as 20%, depending on the tax filer’s personal income and filing status.  Higher-income filers usually pay more.

Short-term capital gains are generated when assets are sold after being owned for less than a year. The tax rate on short-term capital gains is the same as the ordinary individual income tax rate, ranging from 10% to 37%, depending on income.

Lastly, what if you sell at a loss? You’ll be eligible to apply a capital loss as long as you sold the home at fair market value in an arm’s length transaction (not sold directly to a relative at a discounted price)

Sell The Property "As-Is"

Selling your parent’s or deceased relatives’ house as-is and getting a little less for the place isn’t as bad as it sounds. This can help you avoid hefty capital gains tax plus the disclosure rules are more lenient for inherited properties. This is because you were never the primary resident, so you do not know any issues it may have.

If you are unaware of any major issues with the property that will be expensive to fix and don’t disclose, you may be liable to cover those repair costs. Your liability all depends on how you inherited the property if you sold it as the outright owner or as the estate’s personal representative.

Tax Liability And Fair Market Value

When selling your own property, you will want to get the highest price possible. But when you’re setting the list price for an inherited house, you will want to consider the tax implications and time investment.

If you sell just under market value, you may end up making more money in the long run if it helps you avoid paying capital gains tax.

Not to mention the faster you can sell the property, the more you can walk away with.

Time Is Money

Every month you don’t sell the home, you will have to pay bills and operating costs. The longer you wait to sell, the more money you will lose every month.

Traditional home sales require you to clean and make repairs to the property. Hire a realtor and appraiser to help you market the property and show weekly open houses. Not to mention all the time and energy preparing the home for sale.

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When time is short, getting your property sold should be your number one priority. Working with a company specializing in purchasing inherited properties can help you navigate the legality, paperwork and answer any questions you have. These companies offer fast, hassle-free, all-cash closings, making the entire process simple and straightforward.

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