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So You’ve Inherited a House… Now What?

House Keys Laying on Probate of Will Documents If you’ve newly inherited a Bushland house, you’re probably considering what to do next. This can be overwhelming, particularly if you’re not aware of the real estate market. This blog post will review what you can expect when inheriting a property and why employing a property manager in your group is vital.

The Legal Process

The legal process of inheriting a house can be very complicated, primarily if you’re new to the real estate market. Much of the time, you should go through probate to finalize the transfer of ownership. This will include going before a probate court judge, who will review the deceased person’s will and approve an executor. The executor will then be responsible for carrying out the terms of the will.

During this interaction, the executor might have to address any taxes and fees associated with inheriting a property. It’s also vital to gather as much information as you can about the property’s insurance and liens and to allocate any belongings in the house to the individuals designated in the will.

Next Steps

Once you have legally inherited the house, there are multiple things you will need to do next. The first thing you should do is to have the property appraised and inspected. It’s essential to examine if the house is in excellent condition and whether or not it will be habitable for future residents. Also, you need to carefully evaluate any debts the deceased person owes, including any liens against the property. These debts must be settled before you can assume full ownership of the house.

If any major repairs should be finished, you might have to employ a contractor to make these repairs before you can live in the home, sell it, or rent it out.

What to Do with an Inherited House

When inheriting a property, you’ll have to choose whether or not to keep it. At times, you might decide to keep the house and live in it yourself as a primary residence. This is usually the most expensive choice, especially if any co-inheritors must be bought out. If the property is already mortgaged, you should find a way to assume the loan or replace it with new financing, which can be complicated.

A second option is to sell the house as soon as you can. Contingent upon the scenario, this may be the quickest method to recover the property’s value. If there are any co-inheritors, you may be able to sell your interest in the property to them. If not, you should find a qualified real estate agent to help market and list the property for sale.

A third and better option is to keep the house and rent it out. This can be a very effective way to create a monthly income while allowing the property to continue appreciating over time. You can also realize some helpful tax benefits by renting out an inherited home. Renting the property can enable co-inheritors to share in that income without selling or buying out another inheritor’s stake. You can also co-own the property, making assuming or refinancing an existing mortgage loan much more straightforward.

If you plan on renting the property, it’s important to collaborate with a Bushland property manager who can help manage the property on your behalf. They will be responsible for making repairs, collecting rent, and dealing with any legal or financial issues that may arise. This can help ensure that you make the most of your inherited property and get a steady income from it for years to come.


There are numerous interesting points when inheriting a house. Whether you intend to keep it or sell it, having a well-informed real estate professional on your side can make the cycle a lot simpler and less frustrating. So don’t hesitate to reach out to the team of experts at Real Property Management High Plains. We can help you assess the local rental market, recommend a fair rental rate, track down quality tenants, and much more! You can contact us online or call the office at 806-553-7914.

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