Selling Process for an Inherited Home

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Chapter 15

Selling Process for an Inherited Home

            Having to deal with the passing if a loved one, especially a mother or father, can be a process that can take weeks or months.

            Whether your mother or father’s death was unpredictable or not, you need to handle the stress in dealing with your family inheritance. Seeing your own name in the inheritance list to inherit your house, you can choose to either keep the real estate in the family name or sell it off during a normal home sale transaction.

            Here are the guidelines that will assist you to go through the transaction if you want to sell a home which has been inherited.

Verify the Title Status of the House

            The whole process of selling an inherited piece of real estate is quite difficult, and the first step is usually to verify that your deceased loved one was actually the property owner.

            Hire a real estate lawyer and let the, check the status of the house. Allow them to verify if your deceased parent(s) or guardian(s) was the owner of the house you would like to sell.

Probate Court and Creditors

            If you have confirmed that the legal owner of the property was your parent, then it may need to pass through probate court, depending on its value.

            A legal court will likely demand one of the heirs to acquire a license to sell a house in your state. You will need to double check if this is a requirement.





The Next Step You Must Do Is the Creditors’ Claims Process

            If there are any outstanding debts incurred by the deceased person, debt collectors will be able to claim what’s owed to them from the inheritance.

            All assets have the same procedure before they can be given to the heirs.

Investigate the Market

            The next thing is to review the market. Examine and record the listing and selling prices for comparable homes in your neighborhood. You may need repair the parts of the home that needs to be fixed.

            If you want to sell your home quickly, list the property below the market price. If your home is in bad condition, make an effort to sell it to investors rather than mainstream buyers.

Talk with Bidders and Make the Sale

            The final step is to talk to possible real estate buyers. To be able to sell a property quickly, everyone should be flexible with the cost if the buyer asks for a lower price.

            Having said that, you should have the minimum cost of the house set.

            Emotions run higher when it comes to selling real estate that was included as part of an inheritance. So you need to be carefully advised about the worth of liquidating your loved one’s asset as a way of putting the death behind you.

            Most people know that when you inherit a house, it can be often a bittersweet experience in several ways.







            We may be mourning the loved one who passed away, and in addition we start mourning our own sanity in the midst of family fights. Many disagreements can come up on the topic of how to sell a house.

            It seems that everybody has his or her own opinion, and the goes double when times tough. These days, economic times are stressful enough without adding more stress into the mix. However, after a death when a house must be sold, the process can generate even more stress for everyone in this difficult time.

            At the risk of sounding rather morbid, the very best time to think about how to sell a house is before it becomes necessary to do so. Although it’s not pleasant to think about, giving serious consideration to your sale long before you inherit a house can set the course to move forward whenever the time arrives.

            But sometimes other siblings can become very uncooperative in the process because they are offended by the idea of planning ahead for someone’s death, even though it makes sense and shows mature, responsible asset management.

            Sometimes our own relatives don’t agree about what needs to be done and when it needs to be done when selling your house. Nobody should try to tell you what to do regarding your own family, but I say one thing for certain. Be sure to prepare in advance prepared and just keep your preparations to yourself if need be. Leave your brothers and sisters out of the loop of information you’re gathering, especially if you expect them to have issues with your plans.

            Take notes when you speak with lawyers and other professionals, getting their advice and suggestions for a smooth sale when there are related sellers.

            Now, this next suggestion may surprise you, but there is one thing I definitely would avoid doing. I would avoid speaking to a real estate agent in advance because that is guaranteed to get your siblings and/or their spouses on the offense.






If you’re expecting any disagreements, this may trigger them, which was my experience when I needed to sell my house.

            I’ve taken note that most people have friends and, of course, we all have our own sphere of influence, so we know real estate agents and consider them to be friends. Since most of us want to do business with people we know, this will apply to our siblings as well.

            This is a particular situation that can cause a disagreement when it’s time to put an inherited house on the market because each heir will want to work with people they know personally in order to sell a house.

            Once you’ve got your inherited house, you may be thinking of selling or keeping it. If your next plan is to sell it, the thing you may want to inquire is, how can I sell my home quickly?

            With foreclosures, repossession and more properties on the real estate market, the entire process of marketing your house may take some time. The following are the choices you’ll be able to take in order to sell your property quickly.

Sell Your Property On Your Own

            The option to sell a house yourself could save cash that would otherwise pay an agent. However, prepare yourself for the challenges that will rise. You must work on successions, appraisals, placing ads, open house, along with property staging and repairs. You’ll need flexible time to manage all these duties, finished in a suitable and timely manner to sell the home.

Selling with Real Estate Professional

            For those who have good enough budget, it is a great idea to hire an agent. This would help you avoid any possible stress from selling your house. They will do all the process required in selling the property like setting the price for the house, marketing, home showing, organizing, selling and closing process. And the great advantage is, your home has much more exposure to the real estate market.




Real Estate Investor

            Hiring a real estate investor is a way of getting a fast sale on the home. It’s not necessary to worry about paying a commission. They’re going to buy your home no matter what its present condition. No maintenance tasks needed.


            In addition to real estate investor, you can find another way to sell your house quickly. No more maintenance required since it will be bought as it is.

            Understanding how to sell your home fast is a good idea because it can help you stay away from fees such as the maintenance of your home, as well as, paying taxes and insurance if your house remains on the market for a longer time.
















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Oscar Vasquez

For the majority of people, the purchase or sale of a home is their largest single investment. My goal is to guide you successfully and easily through the contractual, investment and emotional decisio....

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