Valuation Request

If you’re thinking of selling your home to a family member, that could be a win-win for all involved.

However, you should know there are legal ramifications that go beyond familial (and emotional) attachments.

Consider these points before embarking on a process that could be unexpectedly taxing.

1. Negotiate payment with a real estate agent. 

A flat fee, an agent may make everyone more comfortable by negotiating details and drawing up terms. 

2. Don’t skip the official paperwork.


Failing to write down all legal terms and contingencies could be a recipe for disaster when discrepancies arise.

3.Follow the law to the letter.

For example, don’t misstate the selling price, skip steps in the financial process, or otherwise try to beat the system.

4.Invest in a third-party inspection.

To avoid misunderstandings, it’s best that a professional inspector provide an opinion.

5. Don't overly undercut the price.

6. Let the professionals handle the lending.

Beware of financing family members, as that could put you in the unenviable position of having to ask for payments or even foreclose.

REMEMBER: Doing business with family members can be fraught with complications!