When you sell your home, you have to pay taxes on the sale. As in this reader's case, factors like a transfer of homeownership can affect the taxes you pay. Q: I have read several questions on your site related to quitclaim deeds and the cost basis when the house is sold. My question is [...]
Prepayment Penalty: Will I Have To Pay a Prepayment Penalty If I Close Before The Penalty Period Is Up?
We often get questions about prepayment penalties and whether the penalty period will apply if a homeowner sells the home rather than just prepays the mortgage. Q: I just signed a contract on my house with a closing at the end of next month. I also bought a new house with same closing date. I [...]
When the weather in much of the country turns colder, people increasingly choose indoor activities. Weather affects activity on the housing market as well. Demand for houses often conforms to business-driven “on” or “off” seasons, so the sale of your home is affected both by nature and what we do during each season. Which season [...]
After the housing bubble burst and the recession hit, many homeowners had trouble paying their bills. Some lost their homes, while others opted to sell their homes in a short sale. This gave buyers a great opportunity to purchase homes at less-than-fair market value. In a short sale, the lender agrees to accept less than [...]
Thinking of selling your house on your own? Real estate listings have migrated to the Internet, where interested buyers can find your house in a single click. Could selling it be more difficult than selling an antique through an online auction site? Is the money you’d save on paying a real estate commission worth the [...]
If you are selling a home that is not your primary residence, you will have to pay taxes if you made a profit. Q: I recently sold a townhouse and was concerned about how much tax I would be responsible for paying. Basically, I sold it for $375,000. There was no mortgage on the property, [...]
Everybody is looking for a quick sale of their property. If a homeowner can't sell using normal real estate channels, then maybe non-conventional sales can be effective. You can try to use a real estate broker to sell your property, but if you have tenants in the property, you might try to see if they are willing buyers of your home. If they are, you can sell them the home outright or you can decide if you want to sell it to them by other means. One way to entice a tenant to buy the home is to offer them a lease with an option to buy the home. Another way to sell the home to current tenant is to offer them seller financing. The financing can be either by using a mortgage or by selling them the home on an installment basis.
Thinking of conducting a house raffle to unload your house instead of selling it? It's illegal for homeowners to raffle off their own house. Instead, you have to work with a nonprofit organization and transfer ownership of the house to them. The nonprofit can then raffle off your house, and you'll get a tax deduction - not cash. Here are more details on house raffles.