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Inheriting Real Estate? You Need to Know This!

When someone passes away, the family members and friends left behind must deal with their grief while also tending to the deceased’s affairs. One of those things is often finding out what happens to any real estate they leave behind.


Your home is a valuable asset.

One of the biggest questions people have about inheriting a house is its value. It can be difficult to know how much a property is worth, especially if you’ve never bought or sold a home. There are two main ways to determine its value:

  • The market value method uses recent comparable sales prices in your area to estimate what similar properties would sell for in today’s market. This method doesn’t consider any improvements made by previous owners, so it might not reflect its actual worth as well as an appraised value would.

  • The appraised value method involves hiring an experienced appraiser who will assess your property based on objective criteria such as its square footage, the number of bathrooms and bedrooms, quality of construction materials used (brick vs. wood siding), age/condition of appliances and fixtures like sinks/bathtubs/stoves, etc., state of landscaping around the exterior walls, etc. This appraisal process usually takes several hours but will give you more accurate results than using either method alone! If needed – here’s how we recommend doing it: First, find out what comparable properties sold within 1 year before yours closed escrow, i.e., “sale date,” then compare those same comps against your own listing price per square foot; divide each side by 100 then multiply by 142 (total square feet divided into total cost per sq ft). Now divide this figure by four: 3rd party mortgage lender fees + Closing costs / 4 = Estimated Current Value!


Inheritance and the taxman.

When you inherit real estate, you can avoid paying taxes on it. However, to do so and avoid penalties, you must hold the property for at least two years before selling or gifting it. It would help if you also ensured that the home’s value doesn’t exceed your annual gift tax exclusion amount (currently $15,000). Suppose it does exceed this amount but is still under $5 million (for married couples). In that case, there are ways around this rule by using trusts or annuities.


If you decide not to keep the property and sell it right away, you’ll have to pay capital gains taxes just like anyone else would. However, those rates are lower than ordinary income tax rates because they’re based on what percentage of your wealth is considered “capital gains” rather than “earned” income.


What to do with the property?

If you inherit a property, you have several options. You can sell it, rent it out, or keep it yourself. Make sure you’re familiar with Nebraska property laws to understand tax implications.


Whatever option you choose will affect your financial future and may also have tax implications. If you plan on using the property for income or personal use, consider how that will affect other parts of your life. For example:

  • Do I want to work from home?

  • Is there enough space?

  • Can I afford to live in this area?

Sell, rent or live in it?

If you are planning on renting out the property left to you, keep in mind that there may be some tax benefits. You can deduct the interest and property taxes on your rental properties as an expense for income tax purposes. However, if you sell the property within two years of inheriting it, it will be considered a short sale, and capital gains taxes will apply. If, after two years from the inheritance date, a homeowner sells their inherited home and realizes a profit, they would also have to pay capital gains tax on these profits at their ordinary income tax rate.


A homeowner who inherits a residence owned by someone other than them (for example, parents or grandparents) must report these “gifts” as income when filing yearly taxes. This includes any improvements made to the said home by others during its ownership period before passing it down through the inheritance process (for example, painting walls).

The information you need to know if you’re inheriting a property

It’s not just about the property. The information you need to know if you’re inheriting a property is vast, and it will be essential for you to understand all the implications of receiving it. Here are some things that you should consider:


  • Tax implications – When assets are passed from one person to another, taxes may be due on those assets. For example, if your father was originally the owner of the house but then died and left his half interest in the property to your mother before she passed away as well, then when they die and go their half interest in the home to you, each beneficiary would have an individualized tax situation that needs to be considered. This can include calculating estate tax or capital gains taxes (if applicable), determining how much income tax will apply if any assets were sold within a certain period following death (e.g., six months after death), and understanding where different types of income belong – earned income or investment income.

If you’re inheriting a property, there are many things to consider. You don’t want to make uninformed decisions that could cost you in the long run.

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