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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 Hudson house, you may be thinking about what to do next. This can be stressful, primarily if you’re unaware of the real estate market. This blog post will talk about what you can expect when inheriting a property and why hiring a property manager on your side is vital.

The Legal Process

The legal process of inheriting a house can be quite confusing, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the real estate market. In most cases, you will need to go through probate to finalize the transfer of ownership. This will involve going before a probate court judge, who will review the deceased person’s will and approve an executor. The executor will then be charged with carrying out the terms of the will.

During this stage, the executor must settle any taxes and fees associated with inheriting a property. Also, it is advisable to gather as much information as possible about the property’s insurance and liens and to allocate any belongings in the house to the individuals designated in the will.

Next Steps

When you have legally inherited the house, there are multiple things you will need to perform next. The first thing you should do is to have the property appraised and inspected. It’s critical to identify if the house is in great condition and whether or not it will be habitable for future residents. You should also thoroughly evaluate any debts the deceased person owes, including any liens against the property. These debts may need to be settled before you can assume full ownership of the house.

If any major repairs need to be completed, you may need to engage with 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. In some instances, you may choose to keep the house and live in it yourself as a primary residence. This is commonly the costliest choice, especially if any co-inheritors must be bought out. If the property is already mortgaged, you must determine how to assume the loan or replace it with new financing, which can be hard.

A second option is to sell the house right away. Depending on the scenario, this could be the shortest method to recoup the property’s value. If there are any co-inheritors, you may be allowed to sell your interest in the property to them. Otherwise, you will need to hire a qualified real estate agent to help market and list the property for sale.

A third and effective option is to keep the house and rent it out. This can be a very efficient approach to earning a monthly income while permitting the property to continue appreciating over time. Plus, you can appreciate some helpful tax benefits by renting out an inherited home. Renting the property can authorize 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 quicker.

If you plan on renting the property, it is advisable to engage with a Hudson property manager who can help manage the property on your behalf. They will be accountable for making repairs, collecting rent, and handling any legal or financial difficulties that may happen. This can assist you in ensuring that you make the most of your inherited property and earn a stable income from it for years to come.


When inheriting a house, there are several factors to consider. Regardless of whether you want to keep it or sell it, getting a skilled real estate professional on your team can make the experience much smoother and less traumatic. So don’t hesitate to reach out to the team of professionals at Real Property Management Absolute. We can help you assess the local rental market, suggest a fair rental rate, find quality tenants, and much more! You can contact us online or call the office at 603-242-2727.

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