When a Sibling Lives in a Jointly Inherited House and You Want to Sell

It can be very difficult to lose a family member or loved one. Being appointed executor of an estate is both a blessing as well as a curse. Sometimes, the deceased did not want to do anything but look out for their best interests when they decided how to divide their assets. Unfortunately, sometimes they don’t make the best decision for everyone. A joint property can cause tension among family members and be very difficult. If you already own a home, inheriting it can add more stress to your life. It can be overwhelming to manage the maintenance, repairs and upkeep of another home. Many siblings who have inherited homes together will need to make the difficult decision of selling the house. It is common for siblings to co-own property. It is quite common for one or more siblings to want to sell the property to make money or avoid taking on the responsibility. Here are your options if you decide to sell your home.

Get your property appraised

The first step to starting a conversation with siblings who are involved in the home is getting a current appraisal. To avoid any disputes over the appraisal results, it is crucial that you both choose the same appraiser. No matter what siblings may feel entitled to, it will ease negotiations by knowing the current home value. It can be easier to make rational decisions and not get influenced by emotions when you know the value of the home. Talking with a stubborn sibling can be difficult and emotional. This will ensure that you maintain a solid relationship with your sibling.

Talk about a buyout

The next step is to examine the will and determine the sibling’s share of the home. It allows for decisions that are less emotionally by determining the value of the house and how much each sibling has in the will. Siblings who live in the home may be reluctant to sell. It might be helpful to let them know that they won’t be left behind and that the house will still bring in money. You can then try to calmly explain the idea of selling the house to the sibling. Talk to the sibling about the possibility of them buying your share of the ownership. Although there are many ways to force the sale, court proceedings can be costly and time-consuming. It is possible to endanger relationships by going through court processes. Before attempting to forcibly sell a property, it is best to reach an agreement between the parties.

Forced Sales

You can file a partition if you and your sibling are unable to reach an agreement. A partition action is a lawsuit asking a judge for an order to sell the home. Finding qualified lawyers to file the partition to sell is part of this process. Once the courts have been involved, they will decide whether the property can physically be divided or if one owner must buyout the other or if the house should be sold and the proceeds split. This is a lawsuit that can cause irreparable harm to your relationship with your sibling. No matter what their entitlements are, it is important to consider the facts about the property’s value and how much ownership each sibling holds. You may be left with very little equity if you take this matter to court.

You should also consider the equity in your home and what real estate agent commissions and closing costs you will need.

Selling House is able to help if you or a sibling inherit a home you don’t want to manage. To avoid further damage to your relationship, it is possible that you will want to sell the house as soon as you reach an agreement. Get in touch to discuss your inherited property.