The Best Way to Make a San Diego Probate Real Estate Sale Uncomplicated
What is a probate?
Probate is the process of administering the estate of someone who has passed away. Often families find themselves dealing with probate when selling a loved one’s house. This is an unavoidable process when the decedent does not have a trust, or beneficiary designation, in place for their assets. The San Diego probate court outlines a course of actions in probate that must be followed in order to sell the San Diego probate property.
Because the San Diego probate court is involved, a probate can be a very complicated process. Additionally, if the house is located in San Diego and you live in a different state, matters can rapidly become more complex. You should find an experienced probate real estate agent to help you handle the sale process, as dictated by the San Diego probate court. This is particularly important if you are navigating an out-of-state home sale transaction. I am a San Diego probate real estate expert with 20 years experience selling San Diego properties in probate and trust. Because I have sold over 300 probate homes in the San Diego area, I have the expertise to facilitate an otherwise challenging situation.
The exact regulations of probate vary by state; however, the following particulars of the California guidelines provide insight into the general process.
Appraisal and Petition
It is recommended that a probate appraisal referee first appraise the San Diego probate property before the executor of the estate or the estate’s beneficiary begins the sale process. The appraisal referee must be independently certified; your probate real estate expert will have recommendations on whom to hire. This process starts by filing a petition with the San Diego probate court. It is important when filing the petition that you include the sale method, for example, by auction or by a traditional market sale. You must then wait for approval from the San Diego probate courts before the sale can take place. An attorney in the San Diego area well versed in probate can help walk you through the proper paperwork to file with the court.
Listing the Property
Your probate real estate expert then places the San Diego probate property on the market. The buyers must be informed that the property is a probate sale and the closing will take 30 to 45 days. This is due to the courts’ 20-to-40 day waiting period for the confirmation of sale at the accepted price. During this time, are additional steps are taken to maximize the activities completed each day, such as the signing of documents and the notice of sale.
Notice of Sale
You must post a notice of sale, or essentially an ad, stating your intention to sell the San Diego probate property. In California, state law requires that this be published specifically in a newspaper of the same county as the property. The notice of sale should run three times, at least 10 days prior to the sale.
Meeting Minimum Value
Your probate real estate agent’s experience is also needed to price the house strategically. For San Diego probate sales, the property must be sold for at least 90% of its appraised value. It is key that your probate real estate agent not only thoroughly understands the fluctuations in the local market but also is an expert in probate real estate to get top dollar for the San Diego probate property.
For Nancy, selling her sister’s house at 6576 Casselberry Way was an emotional affair and she wanted to be certain that she did the best job possible. Nancy does not live in San Diego and came to visit for a couple of weeks to interview agents and set up a plan for the sale of the house. Nancy knew nothing about the probate process, but, after interviewing Kim at Horizon Real Estate, she was instantly put at ease.
Nancy hired an estate sale company to sell the personal items in the home. Soon after, it was cleaned and ready for sale at a list price of $579,000. Within a few short weeks, Nancy had multiple offers to choose from and her Probate Real Estate broker, Kim Ward, helped her with some skilled negotiating. Nancy was extremely pleased, as she sold this fixer house for $552,500.
Confirmation of Sale
Once an offer is accepted, additional steps must be taken with the San Diego Probate court to report and confirm the sale. Due to the intricacies of a San Diego probate, it is important to enlist the help of an experienced probate real estate expert, like me, Kim Ward, developer of ProbateAndTrustHelp.com, to guide you through the process in your specific state.