(Part 2 of Inherited Homes. Click Here for Part 1)
No matter if you are a single heir or one of the multiple heirs to the property, selling it as quickly as possible will save money, time, stress, and the tiring effort involved in the settlement process. There are several benefits to selling the inherited property. For example, in some cases, along with inheriting property, the heirs end up inheriting unexpected commitments and difficulties with legal and financial implications. Every situation when someone inherits and then sells a home is typically different from each other.
For example, if it is discovered there are environmental concerns or the mortgage is “underwater” (meaning the mortgage balance is more than the home is worth), heirs may even choose not to accept the home at all, allowing it to go into foreclosure. Those who do not want inherited property should consult a lawyer promptly, as disclaimer paperwork will likely have to be filed.
Traditional home sales methods are a perfectly good option if you find that there are no outstanding mortgages and the property is in good shape and does not require major repairs or cleaning to sell. If you can easily afford any necessary repairs and cleaning while handling the selling process, then you can safely choose to sell an inherited property just as you would any other house.
This is not to say that selling the property will always be complication-free, but even when issues arise, it may still be worth it to persist with the sale. When there are siblings or family members who share the property with you as legal heirs, there might be disagreement about how the settlement should proceed. Therefore, selling the property could save you the aggravation of dividing a singular property between many hands. Once the property is converted to money, the money can be more easily distributed among the heirs. One concern that you do need to address is the amount of time required to sell the property since it is uncertain when it may sell.
A short sale of the home can come to your aid if there are mortgage payments due which you are unwilling or unable to pay. If one or more heirs inheriting the property have an urgent need for cash, then a quick home sale is also a good option. Sometimes, you might receive some added tax benefits from selling the home. At times, you might also feel that you just want to get rid of the burdens an inherited home imposes by selling it quickly, so you can get on with your life as smoothly as possible.
If the property is in a different city or state, assuming the responsibility of maintaining a vacant house can be a burden that you may not be prepared to endure. If the house goes to probate, even if there are no residents, the property must be maintained.
The property taxes, insurance premiums, utilities, homeowner’s association fees, and other ongoing costs must be paid by someone.
Depending on how long the probate period lasts, families may need to pay for many months of maintenance, along with the legal fees and other expenses connected to owning and selling the property. At the end of the probate, you will also have to go through the effort and expenditure of repairing and selling the home. Under such conditions, if your benefits are lower than your commitments, it may be wisest to simply sell the home to investors.