Recently there has been debate in California if Proposition 13 and Proposition 58 still make sense. Without hesitation, the answer is yes. In June of 1978, California voters passed Proposition 13 with 65% of the total vote. Still, to this day, interestingly enough, 65% of “likely voters” in California still support the Proposition 13 this tax relief initiative.
California Prop 13 stabilized property taxes for Californians and gave a great incentive that encouraged Californian’s to become homeowners. The Proposition 13 tax break made property tax increases more affordable by limiting them to a maximum of 2% annually. Californians are fortunate enough to still be benefiting from this same formula 42 years later.
Proposition 58 works in conjunction with Proposition 13. Prop 58 allows a parent to transfer their Proposition 13 protected property tax base to a child. This is especially important when a child inherits a home from a parent. Prop 58 allows the child to inherit the home without having the property taxes reassessed, saving potentially thousands of dollars annually. This can make a home that may otherwise be unaffordable for the child, now affordable.
Matters pertaining to Trusts and Estates can be complicated, especially if you are unfamiliar with the terminology. The following is a glossary of terms that are commonly used in Trusts and Estates and loans made to trusts.
Administration: Trust administration refers to the trustees management of trust property according to the terms of the trust after the settlor’s passing.
Beneficiary: A beneficiary is the person who derives advantage or benefits from something. There can be multiple beneficiaries in a trust. Beneficiaries are names in a trust or will to receive something.
California Proposition 13: Prop 13 is a California Constitutional amendment enacted in 1978. California Proposition 13 limits the tax rate increase that can be charged annually on real estate. The proposition decreased property taxes by assessing property values at their 1975 value and restricted annual increases of assessed value of real property to an inflation factor, not to exceed 2% per year. Prop 13 also prohibited reassessment of a new real estate property tax base year value except for in cases of either change in ownership, or completion of new construction.
California Proposition 58: Prop 58 became effective in November of 1986. With certain limitations, California Proposition 58 allows for the exclusion for reassessment of property taxes on transfers between parents and children. Prop 58 is codified by section 63.1 of the Revenue and Taxation Code. In the State of California, real estate or real property is reassessed at market value if it is sold or transferred. Property taxes can sometimes increase dramatically as a result. If the sale or transfer is between a parent and their child, under limited circumstances, the property will not be reassessed if certain conditions are met and the proper application is filed in a appropriate amount of time. Prop 58 allows a child inheriting a home to avoid property tax reassessment when acquiring property from a parent.
California Proposition 193: Effective March of 1996, California Prop 193 is a constitutional amendment approved by the voters of California which excludes from reassessment transfers of real property from grandparents to grandchildren. Prop 193 requires that all the parents of the grandchildren who qualify as children of the grandparents are deceased as of the date of transfer. Prop 193 is also codified by section 63.1 of the Revenue and Taxation Code.
Change in Ownership: Ownership of real property transferred from one person or entity to another.
Conventional Lender: A conventional lender is a lender that provides loans that meet the lending criteria of the Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA “Fannie Mae”) or Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC “Freddie Mac”). When it comes to lending to a property held in a trust, a conventional lender will not provide a loan to a trust. They require that the property first be removed from the trust and placed in the name of an eligible borrower. Commercial Loan Corporation is one of the only California lenders that will lend directly to a trust.
Co-Tenants: Co-Tenants or tenants in common share a specified proportion of ownership rights of real property.
Disproportional Distribution: A disproportional distribution is a trust or estate distribution where one or more heirs or beneficiaries receives a larger portion of the distribution of an estate / trust.
Encumber: To create a claim, limitation on, or liability against real property.
Equal Distribution: An equal distribution is a trust or estate distribution where all heirs or beneficiaries receive an equal portion of assets in the trust or estate.
Equity: The difference between the value of real property and anything owed against the real property.
Estate: All the assets owned by a particular person (less debt) at death.
Executor: A person or institution appointed by a testator to carry out the terms of their will.
First Right of Refusal: A contractual right that gives its holder the option to buy real property.
Guarantor: One that guarantees the repayment of a loan.
Irrevocable Trust: Type of trust where its terms cannot be modified, amended or terminated without the permission of the grantor’s named beneficiary(ies).
Letter to Assessors: Board of Equalization’s summaries of court rulings, legal opinions, highlights of enacted legislation, Property Tax Rules and technical bulletins for assessment problems.
Non-Pro Rata: Each heir / beneficiary receives an equal portion of the entire estate / trust, but not necessarily of each asset.
Option to Purchase: Opportunity to purchase a piece of real property.
Per Stirpes: An estate / trust is distributed “per stirpes” if each heir / beneficiary is to receive an equal share of the estate / trust.
Pro Rata: Each heir / beneficiary receives an equal portion of each asset in an estate / trust.
Probate: The official proving of a will.
Promissory Note: A signed document containing a written promise by one party to repay a stated sum to another party.
Proportional Interest: The interest of one heir / beneficiary divided by the total number of heirs / beneficiaries.
Revocable Trust: Type of trust where its terms can be modified, amended or terminated dependent on the grantor.
Security Interest: Enforceable legal claim or lien on real property.
Settlor: The settlor is the entity that established the trust. The settlor goes by several other names in matters related to trusts; you may also see them described as the grantor, or trustor. The settlor’s role is to legally transfer control of an asset to a trustee. The trustee then manages it for one or more beneficiaries.
Share / Share Alike: Each heir / beneficiary receives an equal portion of the estate / trust.
Statutory Powers: Legal powers given by a statute.
Testator: The person who made a will.
Trust: An arrangement whereby a person or entity (trustee) holds assets as its nominal owner for the good of one or more beneficiaries.
Trust Distribution Worksheet: The final accounting of the assets & liabilities for the distribution of a trust.
Trust Residue: All of the property that is left after specific gifts are distributed from a trust.
Trustee: An individual or entity given control or powers of administration of assets in a trust.
Trustor: The person(s) that created a trust (aka “settlor” or “grantor”).
If you have any questions, please call us at 877-464-1066 and we will do our best to assist you.
Information on the California parent to child property tax transfer
Parent to Child Property Tax Transfer on California Real Estate
Did you know that in some situations California property owners can transfer a property tax base to another person? It is possible, but there are some limitations. California Proposition 58 allows parents and children to pass property to one another and avoid property tax reassessment in some cases.
Why is a parent to child property tax transfer important for Californians?
Simply put, it allows you to keep your parents low Prop 13 tax base on an inherited home. This can make the cost of keeping the home more reasonable. Here is an example of how it works. Say a parent purchased a home in 1982 for $125,000. The parent passes away in 2018 and the property is then worth $800,000. Because California Proposition 13 limits the amount that property taxes can increase to just 2% per year; the parents annual property tax payment may be only $2,000 per year when they pass. If that home were to have its property taxes reassessed, the taxes would jump to around $8,000 per year.
California Proposition 58 allows the child to avoid property tax reassessment on the home inherited from the parent. That means a savings of around $6,000 per year in property taxes for the person inheriting the home. This makes the home more affordable for the child and may allow them to keep the home as opposed to having to sell it. If you have specific question on if you may be eligible for a California Prop 58 exclusion from property tax reassessment, please call us at 877-464-1066.
Can a child inheriting a home avoid property tax reassessment if the home is held in a trust?
Yes, California Proposition 58 does allow a parent to transfer a property held in a trust to a child and avoid property reassessment. That being said, doing so can be complicated when multiple trust beneficiaries are involved. An equal distribution is required in most situations. If there are not sufficient funds in the trust to equalize the distribution, the trust will need to borrow the funds needed. In that situation, the County Assessors office will require that an equal distribution was made with funds provided by a third party loan to the trust in order to grant a Proposition 58 exclusion for reassessment.
Typically at the time of passing, a Family Trust, Living Trust or Revocable Trust becomes an Irrevocable Trust. When the trust becomes irrevocable the ability to make changes to the trust is restricted. The trustee or trust administrator may have few options when it comes to receiving a third party loan on a home held in the irrevocable trust. Most California lenders are not willing to lend on a home or provide a mortgage to an Irrevocable Trust. Even fewer have the experience and proper loan documents to provide a Proposition 58 compliant loan.
Proposition 58 compliant loans to trusts.
Commercial Loan Corporation is one of California’s leading providers of loans to Irrevocable trusts. Unlike other lenders, this is what we specialize in. While the majority of lenders are unable to lend to an Irrevocable Trust, this is our focus. Every month with assist clients qualify for their California Proposition 58 exclusion from reassessment with our Prop 58 compliant loans to trusts. If you, a client or a family member are interested in obtaining a mortgage to an irrevocable trust, please call us at 877-464-1066 and we would be happy to assist you.
When it comes time to distribute the assets of an irrevocable trust, a trust loan may be needed if an equal distribution is required or desired. A trust loan provides the trust with liquidity; supplying cash so that assets do not need to be sold off or converted to cash. The trust loan is a mortgage placed against a piece of real estate held in the trust. Unlike a traditional mortgage, a trust mortgage loan is typically a short term loan. Once the assets of the trust are distributed, the beneficiary who inherited the real estate with the trust mortgage placed on it would refinance the trust mortgage with a conventional mortgage or payoff the mortgage.
Why Is An Equal Distribution Important?
When it comes to a trust distribution, an equal distribution can be important for a variety of reasons. Often times there is language in the trust that requires an equal distribution of the assets in the trust be made to beneficiaries. If the trust only contained cash, it would be easy to accomplish this. Unfortunately, most trusts that contain real estate do not have cash or other assets sufficient to create an equal distribution. In this situation, either the real estate must be sold or a mortgage must be taken out on the real estate to infuse the trust with cash. A trust loan is almost always the least expensive of the two options. Sometimes, more importantly, it also allows a beneficiary to keep a family home in the family.
Another important reason for the equal distribution of a trust is to meet the requirements of California Proposition 58. Prop 58 allows a child who is inheriting a home from a parent to avoid property tax reassessment on that home. This passes the low proposition 13 protected tax base from a parent to a child. Often times when the home is held in a trust, an equal distribution is required if a Proposition 58 exclusion from reassessment is to be granted by the County Tax Assessors office. In fact, the majority of trust loans that we provide are specifically for this reason. Our clients save on average over six thousand dollars per year in property tax savings by avoiding reassessment.
Do All Lenders Loan To Irrevocable Trusts?
No, in fact very few lenders are willing to lend to a trust, let alone an irrevocable trust. Typically when a home is held in a trust, a conventional lender will require that the property first be removed from the trust before they will lend on it. When a trust is revocable, this may not be an issue since the home can be added back into to trust once the mortgage process has been completed. Once the trust becomes irrevocable, often times the ability to do so is no longer possible and a lender who can lend to Irrevocable Trusts will be required.
When the requirements of Proposition 58 need to be considered, the situation can become even more complicated. Proposition 58 requires that the acquiring beneficiary of the real estate makes no personal guarantee on the trust loan or trust mortgage. Doing so would be perceived as a sibling to sibling transfer of real estate as opposed to a parent to child transfer and would likely jeopardize the exclusion from property reassessment. Commercial Loan Corporation is one of the only lenders in California that provides Irrevocable Trust Loans with no personal guarantee requirements. We work directly with Trust Administrators, Trustees, Beneficiaries, Attorneys and Property Tax Consultants. If you require a Trust & Estate Attorney or Property Tax Consultant to assist you with Proposition 58, we can refer you to an expert to assist you.
Is A Trust Loan Less Expensive Than Selling A Home?
Yes, in almost all cases a trust loan is far less expensive than selling a home. Additionally a trust loan takes less time to complete than it takes to sell a home. We can complete a trust loan in as little as 10 business days. That means beneficiaries can get more money and get their funds more quickly. When you consider the ability to take advantage of the Proposition 58’s exclusion from reassessment, the savings grow even further.
We specialize in loans to Irrevocable Trusts. If you or a client are in need of a trust loan or have questions about loans to an irrevocable trust, please call us at 877-464-1066. We will provide you with a free benefit analysis and answer any question you may have.
If you are attending the USC Trust & Estate Conference on 11/22/2019, please stop by our booth an speak with Tanis Alonso, our Senior Account Executive. She will be on hand to answer any questions you may have on Trust Loans and their role in the Proposition 58 exclusion from property reassessment.
This years USC Trust & Estate Conference has over 500 registrants. The conference is tailored for trust, estate planning, probate and elder law professionals. Attorneys, paralegals, trust officers, accountants, financial institution executives, private professional fiduciaries, wealth management professionals, fiduciary officers, underwriters and insurance advisers will all be on hand.
The Featured Sessions Include:
Annual Update: Recent Developments in Probate and Trust and their Practical Applications
Probate Code §2580, et seq. Whose Judgment Is It Anyway?
To Decant or Not Decant…That is the Question
Mystery in a Mumu: What Makes Your Judge Tick?
Tips and Tricks for Taming Basis
Assessing Capacity on a Sliding Scale: A Look Into Retrospective and Contemporaneous Evaluations
Attorneys and Other Advisors as Counselors: What They Don’t Teach You in Law School
If you are currently working with a client that might benefit from a trust loan, probate loan, estate loan or has questions about lending to an irrevocable trust; please stop by our booth and Tanis can answer any questions you have. You may also call us at 877-464-1066.
Commercial Loan Corporation is a licensed California lender specializing in making loans to trusts and estates. Unlike most lenders who provide a broad range of loans, we focus specifically on trusts, irrevocable trusts and estates. In fact every month we help clients by providing trust loans so that an equal distribution of assets can be made. Our trust loans help beneficiaries meet the requirements of California Proposition 58 and help them to avoid property tax reassessment on an inherited home.On average we save our clients over $6,000 per year in property taxes by helping them avoid property tax reassessment.When receiving a trust loan from Commercial Loan Corporation, you can count on:
An simplified application process
Quick Approvals and Fast Funding
Our Loans Fund In As Little As 7-Days
Same Day Loan Approvals
The Highest Level of Customer Service
If you, a family member, client or friend may be able to benefit from a trust loan, please call us at 877-464-1066. We provide clients with a no cost estimate on how much might be saved by taking advantage of California Proposition 58’s exclusion from property tax reassessment.
Loans to Irrevocable Trusts
Most banks and lenders are not willing to lend on a property that is held in an Irrevocable Trust. Instead they require that the property be removed from the trust before placing a mortgage upon it. This can make it difficult if not impossible for a beneficiary to qualify for Proposition 58. If you are trying to preserve a parents low Proposition 13 property tax base on an inherited property that is held in a trust, call us at 877-464-1066 and we can help you simplify what can be a complicated process.
Qualifying for California Proposition 58’s Parent to Child Transfer
When it comes to California Proposition 58, making a mistake can cost you! Prop 58 grants the ability for a parent to transfer real estate to a child and avoid having that property reassessed. That may sound insignificant to some, but it can translate to a dramatic yearly property tax savings. In fact, the clients we assist save on average more that $6,000 per year in property taxes by taking advantage of this Proposition 58 property tax benefit.
In order for a child who is inheriting a home from a parent to qualify for Proposition 58, they must meet specific requirements. One of these requirements is that when there are multiple child beneficiaries involved and one of the children wants to inherit the home, while others wish to receive cash; the child inheriting the home can not use their own funds or personally guarantee the funds used to equalize the distribution. That is where Commercial Loan Corporation can help. Unlike conventional lenders, we provide loans directly to a trust; even an irrevocable trust. This allows our clients to avoid a sibling to sibling buyout which would otherwise disqualify them from receiving a full exclusion from property tax reassessment.
We highly recommend that you work with an attorney or property tax specialist to insure you both qualify and receive your benefit. Call us at 877-464-1066 and we can provide you with a FREE analysis of how much you might be able to save each year in property taxes. We can also put you in contact with a qualified Attorney or California Property Tax Consultant in your area if you require assistance.
About California Proposition 13 Property Tax Information
About Proposition 13
California Proposition 13, also known as the People’s Initiative to Limit Property Taxation was an amendment of the Constitution of California enacted in 1978. California Proposition 13 made it so that the maximum amount of any tax on real estate shall not exceed one percent of the full cash value of such property and additionally restricted annual increases of assessed value of real estate to an inflation factor, not to exceed 2% per year.
Proposition 13 also prohibited reassessment of a new base year value except in cases of change in ownership, or completion of new construction. Later, in 1986 Californian’s passed Proposition 58 which also excludes from reassessment transfers of real property between parents and children, with certain limitations.
Commercial Loan Corporation specializes in helping clients who inherit properties qualify for Proposition 58 and avoid property tax reassessment when a third party loan is needed to equalize the distribution of a trust or estate. This allows you to keep a parents low Prop 13 tax base and save potentially thousands of dollars a year in property taxes. In fact, our average client saves over $6,000 a year in property taxes.
If you are inheriting home from a parent and are interested in keeping their Proposition 13 tax base, please call us at 877-464-1066.
In the State of California, real estate is typically reassessed at market value when it is sold or transferred. As a result, property taxes may increase dramatically due to the new higher assessment value. Prop 58 or Proposition 58 is a California Proposition that with limitations, grants the ability to avoid property reassessment on real estate inherited from a parent in California. With the passage of Proposition 58 in 1986, if the sale or transfer of real estate is between a parent and their child, under some circumstances, the property will not be reassessed if all Board of Equalization conditions are met and the application for exclusion is filed in a appropriate amount of time.
Proposition 58 allows the child who is inheriting the home to avoid property tax reassessment when acquiring property from their parents. The child’s taxes are instead calculated on the parents established Proposition 13 factored base year value, instead of the current market value when the property is acquired.
In some cases in order to qualify for California Proposition 58, when the home is being inherited via a trust or an estate and multiple child beneficiaries are involved, an equal distribution of assets must be made. That is where Commercial Loan Corporation comes in. Commercial Loan Corporation provides third party mortgages to trusts and estates with no personal guarantee required from the acquiring beneficiary or heir. Our trust loan or probate loan provides cash to the beneficiaries who are not inheriting the home and allows the child who is inheriting the home to keep the property and meet one of the key Proposition 58 qualification requirements. On average we help our clients save over six thousand dollars a year in property taxes in addition to eliminating the need to sell the home. This speeds up the distribution process and saves on costly realtor fees.
If you or a client needs a distribution loan to take advantage of California Proposition 58, please call 877-464-1066. We can provide you with a free cost benefit analysis and let you know how much you may be able to save by taking advantage of your Prop 58 property tax benefits.
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Commercial Loan Corporation does more than just provide mortgages to Trusts and Estates. We also optimize trust and estate distributions!
What does that mean? Well, we can significantly increase the funds that are distributed to the beneficiaries of a trust or estate. In fact, on average we increase the funds a Trust or Estate distributes by over $40,000.
How we increase distribution funds is simple. We provide a loan directly to the Trust or Estate enabling a beneficiary to keep a family home and providing an equal share of cash to the other beneficiaries. Our Trust Loan eliminates the need to sell a parents home, avoiding the costs association with fixing up a home for sale, costly realtor expenses and seller related closing costs. This ends up being an incredible savings that all the beneficiaries of the trust or estate are all able to share in. Best of all, one of the beneficiaries is able to keep the family home and utilize California Proposition 58 to preserver a parents low Proposition 13 tax base saving on average $6,200 per year in property taxes.
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