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sjo98
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Tax Impact for parents, what's the best option.

We bought a home in 2014 for $250000, at the time we had a condo in our name, we rented that condo. Bought the new home with a mortgage in my mothers name (mother has a primary home, so this new home would be considered her second home), at the time of closing we did a quit claim deed from my mother to my name and it's registered in the county. We paid all the payments for the mortgage and paid taxes every year. The Home is worth about $325000 now. We want to sell it and buy a new one. What's the best way to do this? - Thank you

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Critter-3
Level 15

Tax Impact for parents, what's the best option.

We want to sell it and buy a new one. What's the best way to do this?   Pick up the phone and call a realtor to put it on the market. 

 

If this has been your primary residence in your name for the past 2 years then you can have a profit of up to $500K as a married couple  without paying any taxes on the sale.  If the home is only in your name then the profit is limited to $250K for the exclusion.   What you do with the money you get is immaterial for the last 20 years. 

sjo98
Returning Member

Tax Impact for parents, what's the best option.

Thank you Critter.-3.

 

So if we sell the home, there is mortgage balance of about $180000 in my moms name, that will be paid off. Will the money we get about $145000 be treated as our gains or my mothers? The house tax documents comes from the township in our name from the year of purchase.

Critter-3
Level 15

Tax Impact for parents, what's the best option.

Paying off the mortgage has nothing to do with your profit on the house ... but to get the exclusion your mom must NOT be on the deed.   It must be in your name for at least the last 2 years and be your primary residence 

Critter-3
Level 15

Tax Impact for parents, what's the best option.

Of course if the mortgage was in mom's name but the home was in your name you may have issues with the mortgage company since they will usually not let a mortgage continue if the home is not owned by the person who is on the mortgage document.   Hopefully you told them you did a quit claim back when you did it  AND  you homesteaded this property in your name.  Seek local professional assistance if this is not a clean title. 

Anonymous
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Tax Impact for parents, what's the best option.

you said title is your name so you own it and the gain is yours. the mortgage has nothing to do with gain. 

if your or your spouse own it for 2 years out of 5 years before sale and you and your spouse occupied it for 2 out of 5 years before the sale you can exclude up to $500,000 of gain. if only one of you meets the 2 out of 5 occupancy test you can exclude $250,000.   

sjo98
Returning Member

Tax Impact for parents, what's the best option.

In 2014 when we closed the mortgage for this house, the mortgage bank loan officer was present, we did the quit claim in front of them. They are fully aware of it. The only requirement they said is to add my mother as interested party on Home Insurance.

Me and my husband has been living in this home from the time of purchase, paid all mortgage payments, taxes, utility bills = all in our name. The quit claim deed is registered in the county office. Home tax papers comes in our name.

Critter-3
Level 15

Tax Impact for parents, what's the best option.

Then you have your answer twice. 

sjo98
Returning Member

Tax Impact for parents, what's the best option.

Does the quit claim deed being registered at the county mean that the ownership of the home is ours, even though we bought the home in our mothers name and she still has mortgage on it?

What professional should we contact? is it Mortgage person or a real estate attorney? 

Critter-3
Level 15

Tax Impact for parents, what's the best option.

Start with the closing company since they have to clear the title and then a RE attorney if needed. 

sjo98
Returning Member

Tax Impact for parents, what's the best option.

Thank you so much Critter-3. Appreciate it. 

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