Downsides to Inheriting

Although gifting a house to children is a very good thing, there are some negative implications that they have to figure out and try to fix if, they want to sell such inherited properties.

Sometimes a house is not inherited by just one child in the family, as there may be other children of the same parents. So trying to sell such a house may be difficult because it is not owned solely by one person.

You will have to notify other siblings about the decision to sell inherited property. This may lead to either a disagreement or an agreement among them because it is a joint property.

There are always potential issues when there is more than one heir of an inherited property. One sibling may want the property sold and another wants it not to be sold. This type of disagreement can lead to disputes among the heirs of the property.

Also, when there is more than one owner of an inherited home, there can be a conflict over the pricing and strategy to be used for marketing it. Often times, the sellers not only have to deal with the sale of the house, but they are often mourning the deceased and at the same time trying to figure out how to best handle the estate.  

They are going through hard times and have to try to make reasonable decisions at the same time, and this might take a whole lot of time to get over with. After inheriting a home from a deceased person, selling the home is not the same as other real estate transactions.

Clifton attorney, John Kopp who has recently sold his dead mother-in-law and mother’s homes said, “it is not a bad idea to sell inherited properties in no time. Taking a quick decision on an estate property early is always better than later because of the carrying charges you have.”

 Maintenance costs and taxes on the property is added up, and when there is an empty property, then a special vacant home insurance will have to be paid for by the owners of such a property. Attorney John Kopp also said that the heir or present owners can resume the preliminary work pertaining to a sale, which may include carrying out interviews with the real estate agents and repairs on the property.

This will require financial strength and a lot of time while they wait for the will to be probated and the official naming of the executor, which can be a very tedious process. It is recommended that the heirs of inherited properties should include a lawyer, who is familiar with both real estate law and, if possible, estates in general.

The process of searching for this type of lawyer and the expenses involved will obviously be a very stressful one. If there is no such estate lawyer to stand as a representative for the person who inherited the property, then expensive legal mistakes are bound to be made.  

Also, the named executor will have to be honest and trustworthy in dealing with the property. Before selling an inherited property, the property will have to pass through probate.

A probate is a way of showing proof that, what a legal document says about an individual’s belongings when they die, is valid. Most countries allow summary probate, which is a quick process that doesn’t take a long time or need any form of legal counsel.

But this option is only for small estates with low values. Unfortunately, other real estate assets exceed the low value, which means inherited properties like a house has to wait until the regular probate process is concluded before such property can be put on the market for sale and take a long time.

If an inherited property does not pass through probate, then the executor of the will cannot be given the authority to share the property, act or even settle outstanding debts.

If an executor has siblings who will share in the property, the inherited property cannot be sold without the permission of both the court and the siblings. In many circumstances, elderly homeowners do not always maintain their homes. 

In such cases, this makes things difficult for the heirs when things like heating, plumbing, septic systems and carpets are outdated and need updating. For instance, a pending sale on a house might not go through, if after inspecting the house, an oil tank is leaking underground and needs to be repaired. In this circumstance, you might have to sell the house at a lower price due to maintenance issues and concerns.

Sometimes, even decently repaired houses are crowded with a lifetime of belongings. In such cases, the heir to the house will have to make repairs, clean out the late person’s belongings and make necessary updates on the home.

This may require an inspector who will recommend repairs for both present and potential threats before selling the house. Hiring an inspector can be time and resource consuming especially for heirs who live far from the inherited home. Once the necessary repairs and updates are made on the inherited home, you calculate the total expenses and up may find out that a small fortune has been spent.

This will have a great effect on trying to sell the house. You cannot afford to sell below the market value of the home and other maintenance costs. This can cause the heir to hike the price of the property above what it is truly worth.

The sale of a property like this can be very difficult because it is really expensive and the price might be a barrier to potential buyers, thereby causing the property to take a longer time before it can be sold.

According to agents, clearing and cleaning out houses usually involves many stages and processes. The number one thing to do is for the families to search and remove any relevant or essential heirlooms, papers, documents and expensive items that are found. 

This process may take days. After this, an auction or a consignment shop can be contacted for sale of valuable items at fees that average around 25% to 30% of the sale amount. The other items that are not sold can then be given away or donated to charity organizations.

This could be a very tedious task because the heir to the house could be living far from the property’s location, thus, making it difficult to locate a charity establishment around that vicinity.

Also, items that are not important or of less value that are left can be hauled out by a cleaning company at prices which are dependent on the contents of the house and sizes of items to be hauled away. So if there are many items to be carried away, then the price may be really expensive.

Those heirs who live outside the country will have to heavily rely on the help of real estate agents for regular supervision of ongoing activities in their absence. One very difficult thing to do when you want to sell a home is to clear out the contents of the house, especially when the deceased has lived in it for a very long time, filling the house with lots of relevant and irrelevant things.

The reason for this difficulty is that it takes a period of time to figure out what each heir gets in cases where there is more than one heir to the house, which is one complicating factor.

 For example, it could be really complicated when there are three or more siblings who inherit a home because each will have a different opinion on the price the property should be sold for. Also, multiple heirs will have differing opinions on the inspection of the house and the type of attorney need because each sibling will have different values and meanings in mind.

In tax consideration, after selling the inherited property, the tax basis for the home is the value of the home on the day the owner of the willed property died. The difference of the home’s value and amount received after the sale of the property is the gain and on which taxes are owed.

When more than one sibling inherits the home, the gain is divided equally and each heir will claim the share on taxes. So if sales value of the property is lesser than the value of the property before sales, then there will be no gain to be reported.

Although it may not be necessary to use much money on very important renovations such as new toilets, bathrooms and kitchen modeling, selling such a house will be almost impossible especially if the inherited building is not in a favorable environment and the amenities are outdated. 

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