Mortgage on an inherited house

Mortgage on an inherited house

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In the past, homeowners would pay off their homes before retirement. Things have changed. Many people these days still carry a mortgage that will get passed on to those that inherit the house. More than likely there will be a mortgage on a house you inherit.

It is important that the mortgage continues to be paid so that the house does not end up in foreclosure. Other expenses such as property taxes and utilities should also continue to be paid.


Should I take over the mortgage?

Some people might decide to have the mortgage transferred over from the original owner. You may continue making payments and keep the house. However this might not be advisable for everyone. Keep in mind that this will be an additional expense in terms of making payments on this loan. Not everyone will have the resources for an extra mortgage payment or want to deal with the burden of making another payment.


Can the estate pay off the mortgage?

In some cases if the estate assets are large enough, the mortgage can be paid off allowing you to inherit the house free and clear. It is important however to remember that even without the mortgage there are still other expenses involved in owning an additional property. Things such as property taxes, utilities, and the general upkeep of the house will continue month after month. Not everyone will want to deal with this even if you are inheriting the house debt free. This is still a big responsibility.


Selling the home

If it seems that the expense of having a mortgage or maintaining the property is too much, the best option might be to sell. It can be difficult to have an additional burden on top of your daily challenging life. Working with a cash buyer, you can have your property sold quick.

If you would rather sell your inherited home quick for cash than deal with a mortgage contact us today! Give us a call at 240-801-6055 or visit

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