Title Issues When Selling An Inherited Property – 3 Questions

One of the most common reasons why people decide to sell a house through wholesalers such as Big State Home Buyers is because they have inherited said property. Many don’t want to deal with having to fix it and go through the long process of selling it traditionally. Even though selling an inherited house through an investor is a quicker process that selling it on the open market, there are some title issues that one needs to be ready for if they want to sell quickly. Keep reading to see 3 questions you can ask yourself to reveal potential title issues when selling an inherited property.

1. Is there A Will?

If you are trying to sell an inherited property you need to know if there is a will. Let’s say in your case (like with most cases), it’s your deceased parents that left you the property. You need to make sure they left a will. Once you have located this will, you need to get it probated. Probating a will is the legal process if executing what the will says. In this case, making sure the will says the home has been passed on to you. Probates usually take about 30 days, give or take.

If there is no will, that’s not a problem. You need to find out your family history and do heirships for them.

2. Do You Have Your Family Tree?

Before you can take action in selling the inherited house you need to make sure all of your family (siblings) is accounted for. Build an accurate family tree. Find all dates are records. Perhaps there was divorce and multiple marriages in your family so you need to make sure all offspring are accounted for. You don’t want to sell the home, get the money and then years down the line, find out there is a long lost sibling demanding to get their cut! You will also need a copy of the deceased’s death certificates.

3. Are There Tax Issues?

One of the biggest unpleasant surprises that many people trying to sell an inherited property face is taxes. Most people homestead their home. People do this because they can get a discount on their taxes. This is something you need to find out because once the person passes away, the discount is taken out so if it takes you, lets say, 3 years to sell the house, those taxes will add up and you will have to end up paying the discount amount back.

Selling an inherited house can be a smooth process if you take care of the title issues that have been mentioned in this post. If you have an inherited house you are looking to sell, contact Big State and we will take care of you!

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1 Comment

  1. Doreen Balvin on April 21, 2017 at 8:40 am

    So, my ex husband passed away last August. He left no will, took me off the deed, but kept me on the mortgage. All my children don’t care about the house. Can I sell it?