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How can I sell a house that is part of an estate?

My aunt died 6 years ago and left her house to 3 of us. My sister and the other party had discussed fixing up the house and renting it. But in six years nothing has been done. Now my sister is tired of paying taxes on the property and utilities. The house is like a "hoarder" house full of stuff. Can it be sold "as-is" without having repairs or being cleaned out? No one has time or energy now to help. Would my best bet be to obtain a realtor to facilitate the transaction? The deed is still in my aunt's name and there is an executor for the estate.
  • October 05 2013 - Baltimore
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Profile picture for JudiAlgerBurgess
Find an estate liquidator in your area who can sort through the junk in the house, dispose of unsellable items and hold a sale onsite.  They work on a commission and you may be able to work out a deal for no cost to you up front.  (If they quote a 30% commission, offer to raise the commission and not have a deposit if funds are scarce)
At worst, the dumpster and clean out fees for non-saleable items will cut into any money coming your way, but you should end up with an empty house that is at least swept out and ready for a realtor.
Try ASELonline.com to find someone.

Judi Burgess
www.EstatesByJudi.com (Northeast Indiana)
  • February 03 2014
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Short answer is yes, you can sell the house "as is" and not perform any repairs.  We've worked with many estates and have helped a lot of families in this situation.

Happy to speak with you if you'd like.

Peggy Lyn
  • October 06 2013
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It can be sold "as is" full of junk.   Be aware you are likely to get considerably less this way than if it was in top form, but sometimes you've got to do what you've got to do.

Interview agents carefully.  Some with specialities in seniors know about estate sales and several other aspects that go along with houses such as your aunt's home.
  • October 05 2013
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You might need an attorney to deal with the executor and you might need an agent to market the property and help locate a buyer.  Hoarder houses are typically Handyman Specials and will need the kind of buyer that is going to get dirty cleaning it out and fixing it up.

I would start with the executor to see if there were any special instructions and move forward from there.
  • October 05 2013
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