10 Tips to Sell Inherited Property

Inheriting real estate can be both a blessing and a challenge. While it may add to your assets, the emotional, time and financial challenges can be daunting. Here is a guide to help you maneuver through the sale process efficiently and gain the most from your inheritance.

Step 1: Assess the Market and Minimize Repairs & Renovations

When sprucing up an inherited property, aim for minor cosmetic updates rather than extensive renovations. Consult with a real estate expert who can recommend the most impactful tasks. These professionals are adept at identifying which refurbishments enhance the house’s value and appeal without over-capitalizing.

Expert Insight: “A strategic investment of around $2,000 for basic clean-up and minor cosmetic enhancements can significantly transform the property’s appeal” advises real estate professional Eric Johnson, “maximum total return is usually achieved through basic repairs and clean-up versus the risks associated with major renovations.”

Step 2. High-Impact, Low-Effort Projects

Here are a few relatively simple and cost-effective improvements that can make a significant difference:

  • Enhance the curb appeal with meticulous landscaping, fresh mulch, and a vibrant paint job on the front door.
  • Replace old carpets and linoleum floors with contemporary vinyl wood flooring for a modern look.
  • Clear out-dated decor elements like window valances, faux plants, and furniture covers. Opting for a minimalist approach can make spaces appear larger and more inviting.
  • Apply a fresh coat of paint in light, neutral hues in the main living areas to create a clean and welcoming environment.

Step 3. Understand Capital Gains and Related Tax Implications

Upon inheriting a property, you’re exempt from taxes until it’s sold – this is when capital gains taxes come into play. These taxes are calculated on the basis of the property’s value at the time of the original owner’s passing and its value upon sale.

Tax Tips: If the property was valued at $250,000 at the time of inheritance and sells for $275,000 a few years later, capital gains taxes would apply to the $25,000 increase. However, by residing in the home for a predetermined period, you might qualify for additional tax exemptions.

Step 4. Home Sale Tax Exclusions

To benefit from a home sale tax exclusion, which allows a single filer to exclude up to $250,000 (or $500,000 for married couples filing jointly) of the gain, you generally need to have lived in the home as your primary residence for at least two out of the previous five years.

Step 5. Consult Tax Professionals and Attorneys

Since tax obligations can vary greatly, it’s wise to discuss your specific situation with a tax consultant and potentially an attorney, especially if the inherited property is located in a different state with unique tax laws.

Step 6. Declutter and Depersonalize

Before listing your property, take the time to declutter and depersonalize the space. Removing personal belongings and excess furniture can help potential buyers envision themselves in the home, increasing its market appeal.

Step 7. Consider Real Estate Auction vs Traditional Agent Listing

Selling at auction can be very appealing for those seeking a quick, hassle-free sale that brings true market value. It’s very common for inherited homes to be dated and have significant deferred maintenance making accurate appraisals difficult. And increases risk associated with inspections and contingencies.

A property sold at an auction isn’t tied to an appraisal, inspection, or mortgage. There also can’t be any conditions or contingencies from the bidder upon selling.

Auctions are also hassle-free because there’s no negotiating. Real estate auction removes the hassle of negotiating when you sell. No inspections or appraisals are required. And, closings as fast and typically surprise free.

Step 8. Market Effectively

Ensure that however you decide to sell your property, the auctioneer or listing agent utilizes multiple channels to market your inherited property. High-quality photos, virtual tours, and open houses can attract a broader audience and generate more interest.

Step 9. Know What’s Most Important to You

Choosing the right sale method for you, agent listing or real estate auction, depends on what’s most important to you.  For most people, this comes down to price, speed of sale and risk tolerance.

If you need to sell your property quickly, real estate auction may be best as you get to determine the exact day your property will sell. With an agent listing, you’ll have to wait for a buyer to make an offer and there’s no guarantee to how long that will take.

If you want to maximize the sale price, either sales method may work for you depending upon market conditions and how unique your property is.

Both methods offer means of managing risk tolerance. Reserves can be set for real estate auctions to ensure that property will only be sold at your minimum acceptable price. And agent listings can advertising lower and lower pricing over time to potentially speed up your sale.

Step 10. Be Prepared For Emotional Challenges

Selling an inherited home can be emotionally taxing. Prepare yourself for the emotional aspects of parting with a family home, and seek support from friends, family, or professionals if needed.

Wrapping Up

Selling an inherited property doesn’t have to be a stressful endeavor. By following these steps and enlisting the help of professionals where needed, you can ensure a smooth and efficient sale process. Remember, every inherited house is unique, and so is your relationship to it. Moving forward thoughtfully and strategically will help you honor that relationship while maximizing your benefits from the sale.

Sept Real Estate Auctions

Ranch and Timberland for sale via Real Estate Auction

Nearly 1,200 acres and two homes are on the auction block as CJ Real Estate offers a Red River cattle ranch and East Texas timber land for sale on September 6th & 7th.

Bryan County Oklahoma Ranch for sale September 6th, 2023

This amazing 1,100 acre cattle and hunting ranch features two homes, barns, shops and outbuildings offered in 8 parcel of 40 to 364 acres each. Located 15-minutes southeast of Durant, OK and 3-miles north of the Red River.

Bonham Texas residential lot for sale September 6th, 2023

0.1-acre residential lot ready for new home construction located 2-blocks from Powder Creek Park, 1-mile south of Bonham Elementary, Junior and Senior High Schools.

Polk County Texas Timberland for sale September 7th, 2023

No reserve auction of 84-acres ideal for continued timber production, quiet country living or a hunting retreat.

CJ Real Estate is proud to bring these properties to auction. Whether you’re an experienced rancher, land investor, or individual seeking land, our upcoming auctions offer real property sure to meet your needs. Visit www.CJ-RE.com for auction details of these and other ranch, residential and commercial real estate assets.

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July Real Estate Auctions

Oklahoma Land and Home Real Estate Auctions July 2023

Are you looking for ranch land, productive farm land or a country home in Oklahoma? CJ Real Estate, the real estate auction industry leader, brings 3 incredible properties to market this Summer.

Alfalfa county Oklahoma farmland for sale July 19th, 2023

For those seeking farmland, we offer an 80 acre parcel that’s been in the same families hands since the land run. This Alfalfa county farmland will sell on July 19th in a no-reserve real estate auction. This property boast rich soils comprised of 87% Grant silt loam with moderate to intense farming capability. And, it’s located 7-miles north of Ringwood, Oklahoma along Hwy 58.

Owasso, Oklahoma 3 Bedroom Home for sale July 19th, 2023

If you’ve been dreaming of waking up to beautiful sunrises and winding down to stunning sunsets, we have an Owasso single-family home ideal for homeowners or real estate investors. Offered via Trustee Auction, this 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home on 1+ acre lot features a 3-car garage and 25’x50′ heated shop with half-bathroom. It’s located in the heart of Owasso, Oklahoma approximately one-half mile from Centennial Park along 161st E Ave at 89th St North in quiet Hunters Glen Estates.

1,100 acre Bryan county, Oklahoma ranch for sale early September 2023

Late summer brings the auction of a 1,100 acre cattle ranch near Durant, Oklahoma and 84 acres of timber and open land nestled among the whispering pines northeast of Houston, Texas. Both ranches offer a variety of rolling terrain with timber, creeks and ponds.

CJ Real Estate is proud to bring these properties to auction. Whether you’re an experienced rancher, farmer, or investor, our upcoming auctions offer land to meet your needs. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to own the property of your dreams. Visit www.CJ-RE.com for auction details of these and other ranch, residential and commercial real estate assets.

Tax Implications

As a ranch owner, It’s important to understand the tax implications of selling your ranch. In this post, we will discuss the tax laws and regulations that affect the sale of your ranch land and provide tips to help you make better decision for you and your family.

Capital Gains Tax:

If you sell your ranch land, the profit you make is usually subject to capital gains tax. Capital gains tax is a tax on the profit you make when you sell an asset at a higher price than what you originally paid for it. The tax rate for capital gains tax varies depending on the length of time you have owned the ranch land. If you have owned the ranch land for more than a year, the tax rate will be long-term capital gains tax. If you have owned the ranch land for a year or less, the tax rate will be short-term capital gains tax.

Depreciation Recapture:

Another tax implication that you should be aware of is depreciation recapture. Depreciation recapture is the process of paying taxes on any depreciation deductions that you have taken on your ranch land. When you sell your ranch land, you will be required to pay tax on the depreciation that you have taken. This tax is commonly referred to as depreciation recapture tax.

1031 Exchange:

If you want to defer the payment of capital gains tax, you can use the 1031 exchange. A 1031 exchange is a tax-deferred exchange that allows you to exchange your ranch land for another property of similar value without paying taxes. The benefit of using a 1031 exchange is that it allows you to keep your money working for you without the burden of paying taxes on the sale.

Estate Tax:

Finally, as a ranch owner, you should also be aware of the estate tax. The estate tax is a tax that is imposed on the transfer of assets at death. If your estate is above a certain value, your heirs may be required to pay estate tax. As such, it is important to reach out to a financial professional in advance to minimize the planning burden and tax liabilities of your loved ones.


In conclusion, selling your ranch land has tax implications that you should be aware of. There are ways to minimize your tax liabilities, such as using a 1031 exchange. Depreciation recapture and estate tax are also factors that you should consider when selling your land. It is vital that you consult with a tax professional and financial advisor before making any major financial decisions. With the right guidance, you can make informed decisions that will help you maximize your profitability and reduce your tax liabilities. Thank you for reading this post on the tax implications of selling your ranch land.

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