Should You Sell Your (Inherited) Estate House As-Is?

We Buy Houses Fast ChicopeeAn “estate house” or probate house is one listed for sale by the estate of a deceased person.

If you are not familiar with the estate process here is a very short overview. When someone passes away with or without a will, all the person’s assets and debts are put into the legal possession of the “estate”. The estate is a temporary legal trust that executes the terms of the will, disposes of assets and settles debts, before transferring the remaining assets to the heirs. Real estate property may be sold by the estate to meet the terms of the will, or to settle debts, or it may eventually be transferred to the heir(s).

The cash needed to prepare an estate house for sale is normally whatever assets are in the estate – that is, whatever the deceased person left behind. You may be the executor or personal representative handling the estate, or you may be working with an attorney or other executor.

 

  • Get a thorough inspection of the house to know the true condition and what is necessary to prepare it for a traditional home-buyer sale. Especially if it was the long-time residence of the deceased person, expect a lengthy list of issues, many of them costly.

 

  • How much cash does the estate have to prepare the house for sale? Are any of the heirs willing to chip in more?

 

  • Is it worth it to put the cash of the estate and/or the heir(s) into the house to sell, or is it smarter to sell as-is, quickly and for cash, to a fix-and-flip company such as Hampden Homebuyers?
    • Fixing the house may be a long process requiring knowledgeable management of sub-contractors and many choices of what and how much to fix.
    • Do you know what the building code requires, and what most benefits the house in this particular market? It is common for first-timers to put too much money into things that don’t improve marketability and overlook even small items that make an impression on home-shoppers.
    • Expect hidden defects to emerge during the fixing-process – even large show-stoppers. There is no control over what it may ultimately cost to get the house into the condition you are targeting.

 

Selling quickly for cash is frequently the best option, by far, to solve the financial and other problems of an estate house. Working with Hampden Homebuyers offers you an easy and fast cash transaction, without going through the hassles and headaches of fixing the house up and preparing for a traditional sale. Call us at 413-248-SELL or fill out our “Sell your house Fast” form to get the process started.

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  1. Interesting, Thanks!

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