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Points to remember when buying a home from an estate

On Behalf of | Jul 14, 2023 | Real estate transactions

Buying a house from an estate, also known as purchasing a probate property, can be an opportunity to acquire real estate at a potentially reduced price. However, this process is usually more complex than a typical real estate transaction due to the involvement of the court system and potential heirs.

Understanding the unique considerations of buying a home from an estate is crucial. Let’s take a brief look at the process.

How does a probate sale work?

In a probate sale, the property is sold by the estate of a deceased homeowner under the supervision of the probate court. This process can be lengthy, often taking several months to over a year. Buyers should be prepared for this extended timeline and potential delays.

Conducting a thorough property inspection

Probate properties are typically sold as-is, meaning the estate will not make any repairs before selling. Therefore, conducting a thorough property inspection is critical to identify potential issues or necessary repairs. Uncovering these issues early can help in negotiations or even in deciding whether to proceed with the purchase.

Ensuring that the title is clear

Before purchasing a house from an estate, it’s crucial to make sure the title is clear. This involves confirming that all taxes, liens and other claims against the property have been paid or settled.

Navigating potential competition

Because probate properties can be priced below market value, they often attract investors and other buyers looking for a deal. Be prepared for potential competition and consider working with a real estate professional experienced in probate sales to navigate this process.

Securing suitable financing

Finally, securing financing for a probate property may be more complex. Some lenders may have stricter requirements for financing homes sold as-is. Discussing this with your lender early can help ensure that you can secure the necessary financing.

Protecting your interests is one of the most important things to remember during this process. Working with experienced professionals can help you to ensure everything is covered.