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So You’ve Inherited a House… Now What?

House Keys Laying on Probate of Will Documents If you’ve suddenly inherited a Coppell house, you may be thinking about what to do next. This can be worrisome, especially if you need more experience with the real estate market. This blog post will outline what to expect when inheriting a property and why getting a property manager on your team is necessary.

The Legal Process

The legal process of inheriting a house can be very tricky, specifically if you’re inexperienced with the real estate market. To finalize the transfer of ownership, you will often be required to go through probate. This will require presenting before a probate court judge, who will review the deceased person’s will and approve an executor. The executor will thereafter be responsible for carrying out the terms of the will.

Throughout this phase, the executor may be expected to manage any taxes and fees associated with inheriting a property. In addition, it is essential 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

Once you have legally inherited the house, there are several things you will want to do next. The first thing you should do is to have the property appraised and inspected. It’s important to determine if the house is in good condition and whether or not it will be habitable for future residents. You should also carefully 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 accomplished, you may need to work 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 need to select whether or not to keep it. In certain circumstances, you may opt to keep the house and live in it yourself as a primary residence. This is generally the priciest approach, especially if any co-inheritors must be bought out. If the property is already mortgaged, you will need to find a way to assume the loan or replace it with new financing, which can be problematic.

A second option is to sell the house promptly. Depending on the circumstances, this may be the quickest option to regain 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 contact a qualified real estate agent to help market and list the property for sale.

A third and best option is to keep the house and rent it out. This can be a highly successful method of generating a monthly income while allowing the property to continue appreciating over time. You can also enjoy some helpful tax benefits by renting out an inherited home. Renting the property can enable 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 smoother.

If you plan on renting the property, you must work with a Coppell property manager who can help manage the property on your behalf. They will be accountable for carrying out repairs, collecting rent, and resolving any legal or financial issues that may occur. This can help guarantee that you make the most of your inherited property and generate a regular income from it for years to come.


When inheriting a house, numerous factors must be considered. Whether you decide to keep it or sell it, having a competent real estate professional on your side can make the transaction much easier and less traumatic. So don’t hesitate to reach out to the team of specialists at Real Property Management Engage. We can help you assess the local rental market, recommend a fair rental rate, locate a reputable tenant, and much more! You can contact us online or call the office at 214-257-0101.

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