What You Should Know About Dealing With Probate Real Estate In Kalamazoo

What You Should Know About Dealing With Probate Real Estate In Kalamazoo

When dealing with probate property in Kalamazoo, you may have many questions.  Here we offer some information about probate properties as well as ways to handle them.

What Is Probate?

Probate is the legal process following a homeowner’s death if the property was not in a trust or owned with another person that did not have full rights of survivorship. In most cases, the real estate that needs to go through probate will need to be sold so the proceeds from the sale can be split up between the beneficiaries if it was not indicated in the will to go to anyone or more people. The first thing to do is to determine where the probate needs to occur, the best place to start is the municipality where the property is located. There are many states that require the probate to be done in the county in which the property is situated. You will then need to hire a lawyer to analyze the will then draw up the paperwork, the paperwork is then taken to the courts. The judge determines who is the rightful owner of a piece or portfolio of real estate usually based on the previous owner’s will, very rarely does the judge rule against the will.

Who Pays For Probate?

You can either pay for the probate out of pocket, or you can arrange that the probate costs be taken out at closing. The executor of the estate will determine a listing price for the property, negotiate the sale price and execute the sale contract. The lawyer that is handling the probate for you will then send their invoice to the title company handling the real estate transaction. The probate will be subtracted from the proceeds of the sale of the property. Their fee can vary by state and value of the property.

Can I List Probate Real Estate?

You are not able to sell or even list the property before the probate is completed or without approval from the court. You will have to petition the court to be allowed to list the property. When it is listed available for sale you may take offers on the property and have a contract. However, the closing will not occur until the probate is complete. When the probate case is filed the title company knows who now can legally sell the property. 

How Much Should I Sell For?

In order to know what you should ask for on the house, you need to have the property appraised so you know how much it is worth and if there are any problems with the structure.  These issues must be disclosed as part of the disclosure paperwork for the sale. When you receive offers you must take into consideration the probate cost. If you own a vacant lot, make sure the offer is enough to cover your bill. Most houses and other types of real estate will sell for way more than the cost to have the probate completed. If you want to sell the probate real estate quickly, you may want to list on the lower end of the market or appraisal price.

I’ve Accepted An Offer, Now What?

Once you have received an acceptable offer, or you have negotiated a price at which you are willing to sell, you can execute the contract. If you have any questions about the contract, reach out to a real estate lawyer to help you understand all the terms, conditions, and riders necessary to complete the deal. When the title company is chosen, make sure you provide the probate lawyer’s invoice to them so they can take care of the bill out of your proceeds. 

Contact Ryan Buys Houses today at (269) 775-4095 to discuss in greater detail what you should know about dealing with probate real estate in Kalamazoo.

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