California Proposition 19 and Keeping a Parents Low Property Tax Base on an Inherited Home
Did you know that in the State of California you can keep a parent’s low Prop 13 protected property tax base on an inherited home? Thanks to California Proposition 19, it is true; providing that you meet all of the necessary requirements.
We specialize in assisting clients keep a parent’s low property tax base on an inherited home. You can call us at (877) 464-1066 for a free benefit analysis. We will help you determine if you qualify for Prop 19 and how much you might be able to save each month in property taxes by transferring your parent’s property tax base and avoiding property tax reassessment on an inherited home.
Each month we work with attorneys and California property tax consultants, helping their clients avoid property tax reassessment. Doing so saves the client on average over $6,520 a year in property taxes. We also provide attorneys with free California State Bar approved continuing legal education on Proposition 19 and Parent to Child Property Tax Transfers. If you are an attorney or professional fiduciary and are interested in taking our course and receiving your 1 hour of participatory CLE credit, please contact us at (877) 464-1066 to schedule a time that is convenient for you.
A bridge loan is a sum of money lent by a lender to cover a short duration of time between two transactions. Bridge loans are typically used for the buying of one house and the selling of another or during the construction of a home. The bridge loans that we provide at Commercial Loan Corporation are done to help the beneficiary of a trust keep a parents low property tax base on an inherited home.
Can a trust get a bridge loan?
Yes, a trust can receive a bridge loan. That being said, very few lenders will make a loan to an irrevocable trust. Unlike other California lenders, we specialize in helping clients who require a loan on a property that is currently held in an irrevocable trust. We also provide bridge loans on properties that are currently in probate. Not only do we provide bridge loans, loans to irrevocable trusts and probate loans, but we can also provide the funds needed to prepare a home in a trust or estate for sale. We can also assist you in getting an immediate cash offer for a home if you prefer.
When you contact us, we can provide you with a free assessment of all of your options so that you can make the decision that works best for you. We are California’s top Trust and Estate Lender and have helped hundreds of clients avoid property tax reassessment on an inherited home with our bridge loans to trusts.
Trust Bridge Loans
Our trust bridge loans have been purpose designed to assist beneficiaries in taking advantage of the California Proposition 19 Parent to Child Property Tax Transfer. Prop 19 allows a parent to transfer their low property tax base to a child and avoid property tax reassessment on the inherited home. Commercial Loan Corp provides a bridge loan directly to the irrevocable trust or probate estate, with no personal guarantee requirement from the beneficiary inheriting the home. This bridge loan meets the California Board of Equalization equalized distribution requirement and avoids a sibling to sibling buyout, which can put your exclusion from property tax reassessment at risk. The bridge loan to a trust loan process is quick and easy. We are able to close a trust bridge loan in as little as 7-10 business days. Our trust bridge loans help clients avoid costly realtor fees and save on average over $6,500 in property taxes annually by avoiding reassessment. If you, a client or family member are inheriting a home and have questions about a bridge loan to a trust, please call us at (877) 464-1066 and we can answer all of your questions and provide you with a free quote on a trust bridge loan.
Trust Loans and the Parent to Child Exclusion for Reassessment
When California Proposition 19 went into effect on April 1st, 2021, it replaced Proposition 58. California Proposition 58 previously controlled how a person inheriting a home from a parent could avoid property tax reassessment. Under the newly passed Proposition 19, a few of the rules for obtaining an exclusion from reassessment have changed.
Under Proposition 58, a child inheriting a home from a parent could apply for an exclusion from property tax reassessment with no value limitation, providing it was a primary residence. With Prop 58 you could also keep an investment property with a 1 million dollar exclusion per parent. Under Proposition 19, there is a limit of the current taxable value plus $1,000,000 on a primary home. Additionally, Proposition 19 eliminated the ability to avoid reassessment on an inherited home that will not be used as your primary residence.
There are additional requirements when it comes to receiving an exclusion from reassessment on an inherited home. One key point for the Assessor’s Office is to show that everyone receives their equal share according to what the trust states. If an equal distribution is required, a loan cannot be made to the trust by any of the beneficiaries who intend on keeping the real property. Doing so would be considered a sibling to sibling buyout resulting in a transfer between beneficiaries rather than a transfer from parent to child. For example, if the only asset in the trust was a home worth $900,000 and one of the three child beneficiaries wanted to keep that home, a loan would need to be made to the trust for $600,000. In this situation the two beneficiaries who did not want the home would each receive their $300,000 cash and the other child receives the home with $300,000 equity left in it after the trust loan was made.
When there are insufficient cash assets for an equal distribution to be made from an irrevocable trust, a person will often require the assistance of a trust and estate lender. As documented by the California Board of Equalization, the acquiring beneficiary may not utilize their own funds or make a personal guarantee on the loan. Doing so would create a sibling to sibling buyout, disqualifying them for the full parent to child transfer exclusion. The loan will need to be made directly to the trust, without first removing the property from the trust or requiring a personal guarantee from the acquiring beneficiary. A qualified trust and estate lender will make a loan directly to the trust, providing enough cash for the equalized distribution to be made. The trust lender often works directly with an attorney or property tax consultant. A trust loan is typically a short term loan with no pre-payment penalty. Once the property has been transferred from the trust to beneficiary, the loan can be paid off or refinanced into a conventional mortgage.
If you, a family member or client is in need of a loan to a trust or irrevocable trust, you may contact us at (877) 464-1066. One of our Trust Loan Account Managers can answer any questions you may have on the trust loan process and put you in contact with a Qualified Trust & Estate Attorney or California Property Tax Consultant in your area if you are in need of assistance. We will also provide you with a no cost trust loan benefit analysis that will estimate how much you can expect to save by using a trust loan to avoid property tax reassessment on an inherited home.
Trust Loans, Estate Loans, Probate Loans & Loans to Prepare A Home for Sale
Commercial Loan Corporation is a one stop shop for all of your Trust & Estate Loan needs. Unlike other lenders, we specialize in helping clients who need a loan for a home in an irrevocable trust or currently in probate. Most lenders refuse to lend on these properties, but that is what we specialize in. Not only do we provide trust loans and probate loans, we can also lend funds to prepare a home for sale. In addition to lending services, we can also help you get an immediate cash offer for a home you wish to sell. We can provide you with a free assessment of all of your options so that you can determine which makes the most sense for you.
Our trust loans are specially designed to help beneficiaries and heirs take advantage of the California Proposition 19 parent to child property tax transfer and avoid property tax reassessment on an inherited home. We lend directly to irrevocable trusts and estates in probate, with no personal guarantee requirement from the beneficiary inheriting the home. This meets the California Board of Equalization equalized distribution requirement and avoids a sibling to sibling buyout, which can put your exclusion from property tax reassessment at risk. The loan process is quick too. We can fund a trust loan in as little as 7 business days. Our trust loans help clients avoid costly realtor fees and saving on average over $6,500 in property taxes each year by avoiding reassessment.
Much like a trust loan, a probate loan is typically used to help a client avoid property tax reassessment on an inherited home. The key difference is that the home is in the probate process and opposed to locked in an irrevocable trust. We can help you simplify a complex situation and secure your low property tax base. We will answer all of your questions on the process and help you determine if a probate loan is right for you.
Trust & Estate Loans to prepare a home for sale
In some situations a trust or estate would like to sell the home for top value but does not have the funds needed to make repairs or prepare the home for sale. We make loans to trusts and estate so that they can be rehabilitated, repaired or remodeled; allowing you to fetch top dollar when it is sold. In some cases speed is of the essence and the client wants to get a quick cash offer for the home and avoid a potentially length home sale process. We have contacts throughout California who can assist you and and in some cases purchase your home in as little as 10 business days.
If you are inheriting a home and have questions about a trust loan, probate loan or getting a cash offer for a home; please call us at (877) 464-1066. We can answer all of your questions on the process and provide you with a free quote and benefit assessment.
Commercial Loan Corporation is a California based provider of probate loans. Our probate and estate loans are specifically designed to help heirs, beneficiaries and administrators who are in need of financing on a home involved in the probate process. Commercial Loan Corporation is California’s premier probate lender. We have helped our clients save over 12 million dollars in property taxes by transferring a parent’s low property tax base on an inherited home. We provide estates with the cash needed to make an equal distribution and qualify for a California Parent to Child Property Tax Transfer.
Our specialized probate loans and estate loans allow heirs, beneficiaries and probate administrators to buy out siblings, settle debts, make improvements to a home, and prevent property tax reassessment on a home being inherited from a parent. We offer affordable loans that are customized to your needs. We provide each client with a Free Upfront Probate Loan Benefit Analysis that shows your estimated loan proceeds, property tax savings and the costs associated with the loan. On average our probate loans, estate loans and trust loans save our clients over $6,550 in property taxes each year by avoiding property tax reassessment on an inherited home.
If you, a sibling or a client is interested in a California Probate Loan, Loan to a Trust or Estate Loan, we are here to assist you. Call us at 877-464-1066 and we can provide you with a free estimate showing you how much you might be able to save by avoiding property tax reassessment with the help of a probate loan.
What is a Probate Loan?
Probate loans are loans provided to a home involved in the probate process. Probate is the administration of a deceased person’s estate, with or without a will. A probate loan or estate loan provides funds to the probate estate to accomplish a goal that requires the conversion of equity in the real estate into cash. The probate loan is made directly to the estate. A probate loan must be approved by the probate administrator. We can help guide your through the process and if needed, put you in contact with an Attorney or Property Tax Consultant to assist you with the process.
Why is a Probate Loan needed in some situations?
A Probate loan or estate loan, provides cash to the estate for a variety of purposes. During the probate process, which can be lengthy, the administrator of the estate may need funds to administer the estate. Examples of this may include utility costs, property taxes, property insurance, association fees, legal expenses, paying off outstanding debt, mortgage payments, or property maintenance expenses. Without a probate loan, the estate may not be able to afford to meet the costs of these expenses. A probate loan or estate loan is also often used to buy out siblings when multiple siblings are inheriting a home from a parent. For example, the child that wants to keep the family home can take out an estate loan and buy out the other siblings with the cash provided from the probate loan. If a child wants to keep a parents low property tax base on an inherited home, the County Assessors Office must approve the exclusion for reassessment. One of the requirements of a California Property Tax Transfer and Exclusion for Property Tax Reassessment is that an equal distribution of assets be made to all child heirs / beneficiaries and that if sufficient cash assets do not exist in the estate, that a non-personally guaranteed 3rd party loan be used to equalize the distribution. If the process is not done correctly, the property may be reassessed at the current market value. On average we are able to save our clients over $6,500 per year in property taxes by helping them avoid property tax reassessment on the inherited home. Additionally, we save the estate over $50,000 on average by avoiding the costly realtor fees associated with selling a home, and all of the heirs / beneficiaries are able to take advantage of that savings. If you are interested in finding out if a probate loan might be a good option for you, please call us at (877) 464-1066
California Proposition 19 Continuing Legal Education – Free for California Attorneys
Commercial Loan Corporation Now Offers Free Proposition 19 Continuing Legal Education Online for Licensed California Attorneys
Commercial Loan Corporation offers a 1 hour presentation on the use of Parent to Child Property Tax Transfers under Proposition 19, 58 and 193. The presentation covers the use of proper calculations when equalizing distributions and use of Proposition 19’s transfer of tax base provision. This California Prop 19 CLE presentation is approved by the California Bar for 1.0 MCLE credit. Our continuing legal education is offered completely free to Attorneys and Fiduciaries. Commercial Loan Corporation is a California Lender that specializes in lending to Trusts and Estates and has helped hundreds of clients retain a parents low property tax rate on an inherited home.
Commercial Loan Corporation is a licensed provider of continuing legal education for the state of California. This course covers California Proposition 19, Proposition 58 and third party loans to trusts and estates to facilitate an equal distribution. The course can be performed online and scheduled at a convenient time of your choice during the business hours of Mon-Fri 9am-4pm.
Please contact Commercial Loan Corporation at (877)464-1066 to signup for this free California Proposition 19 CLE today.
Information of California Proposition 19 and Property Tax Transfers.
California Proposition 19
So what is California Proposition 19? Proposition 19 also known as the Home Protection for Seniors, Severely Disabled, Families and Victims of Wildfire or Natural Disasters Act, or Prop 19 for short is an amendment to the California Constitution that impacts state property tax laws and regulations. On November 3, 2020, California voters approved Proposition 19. In simplified terms Prop 19 is a Constitutional Amendment that imposes new limits on property tax benefits for inherited family property. Under Proposition 19, a child or children may keep the lower property tax base of the parent(s) but only if the property is the principal residence of the parent(s) and the child or children make it their principal residence within one year of receiving ownership. Additionally, Prop 19 allows homeowners who are over 55 years of age, disabled, or victims of a wildfire or natural disaster, to transfer their lower assessed property value of their primary home to a newly purchased or newly constructed replacement principal residence up to three times, or once per disaster. Proposition allows the property tax base may be transferred to a property located anywhere in the state of California.
Section 10 of article II of the California Constitution provides that a measure approved by a majority of votes cast takes effect on the fifth day after the Secretary of State files the Statement of the Vote for the election at which the measure is voted on, but the measure may provide that it becomes operative after its effective date.1 The language of Proposition 19 for both the base year value transfer provisions and the parent-child and grandparent-grandchild exclusion provisions have specified operatives dates, as follows:
• The base year value transfer provisions become operative on April 1, 2021.
• The parent-child and grandparent-grandchild exclusion provisions become operative on February 16, 2021.
Base Year Value Transfer
Beginning on and after April 1, 2021, section 2.1(b) of article XIII A of the California
Constitution provides that an owner of a primary residence who is over 55 years of age, severely disabled,2 or a victim of a wildfire or natural disaster may transfer the base year value of their primary residence to a replacement primary residence located anywhere in California that is
1 On June 5, 2018, the voters of California approved Proposition 71, which changed the effective date of ballot measures from the day after the election to five days after the California Secretary of State certifies the results of the election. See LTA No. 2018/068. 2 Revenue and Taxation Code (RTC) section 74.3(b) defines a “severely and permanently disabled person” as “any person who has a physical disability or impairment, whether from birth or by reason of accident or disease, that results in a functional limitation as to employment or substantially limits one or more major life activities of that person, and that has been diagnosed as permanently affecting the person’s ability to function, including, but not limited to, any disability or impairment that affects sight, speech, hearing, or the use of any limbs.”
California Proposition 19 Parent to Child Exclusion Chart.
California Proposition 19 Charts to help you better understand how the proposition may impact you can be found here. The following Prop 19 chart illustrates how the proposition differs from the previous Prop 58 and Prop 193 California legislation.
The California Proposition 19 Parent to Child Exclusion Chart
The Proposition 19 Base Year Value Transfer Chart
Assistance with the California Proposition 19 Parent to Child Transfer
Commercial Loan Corporation works with clients, Estate Attorneys and California Property Tax Consultants to help you qualify for a California Proposition 19 Parent to Child Transfer. We provide loans to Irrevocable Trusts and Probate that do not have sufficient cash assets. Our trust loan or probate loan allows for an equalized distribution to be made to all involved child beneficiaries without having a personal guarantee from the acquiring beneficiary.
If you require additional information on California Proposition 19 or if you are curious if you are eligible for the California Proposition 19 Parent to Child Transfer Benefit, we can assist you. We have helped hundreds of clients receive their benefit and save them over $6,500 per year in property taxes on average. Call us at 877-464-1066 and we will answer all of your questions. We can also provide you with a free benefit analysis and let you know how much you may be able to save in property taxes on an inherited home.
Trust and Estate – Proposition 19 Loans to Irrevocable Trusts
On March 7th, 2022, Tanis Alonso-Kluever will be providing a Continuing Legal Education presentation for the Orange County Bar Elder Law & Special Needs Section. Tanis is a Senior Account Executive at Commercial Loan Corporation and specializes in lending to Irrevocable Trusts and Estate so that her clients can qualify for California Proposition 19’s and Proposition 58’s parent to child transfer and avoid property tax reassessment. This presentation is approved by the California Bar for 1.0 MCLE credit.
In the presentation, Tanis will cover understanding the differences in law as they pertain to Parent to Child Transfers under Proposition 19, 58 and 193. Using proper calculations when equalizing distributions and use of Proposition 19’s “transfer of tax base” provision. We welcome any members of the Orange County Bar Association to sign up. Attached is the signup PDF.
As many Californians are aware, a home undergoes reassessment at “ current market value” if it’s transferred, inherited, sold or gifted from one party to another – and, in turn, taxes on the property often increase significantly providing additional revenue to the city and county they are located in. If the sale or transfer is between parent and child, in certain situations, the home won’t undergo reassessment once specific requirements are met and the application to avoid reassessment is filed properly. It is highly recommended that a trust and estate attorney or California property tax consultant are used to advise you in this situation.
California Proposition 58 is established in section 63.1 of the Revenue and Taxation Code and has been modified by California Proposition 19 in 2021. The below bullet points may untangle some of the confusion that has formed around some of the Prop 19 property tax breaks. We need to take note that property tax relief limitations built into Proposition 19 are presently serving as a replacement to the pre-Feb 2021 Proposition 58 parent-to-child exclusion, also referred to as a “parent-child exemption” which protect the child inheriting a home from a parent from property tax reassessment.
• Proposition 19 was more or less rushed through the political and electoral process, passed by the CA Legislature and placed onto the November 2020 ballot. Homeowners’ ability to transfer parents property taxes, in other words the right to keep parents property taxes on any parental property tax transfer, inheriting property taxes from Dad or Mom and enabling heirs to keep parents property taxes are sill in place as valid tax breaks, allowing beneficiaries or heirs to avoid property tax reassessment – the process is just more limited than it was previously.
• Establishing a low property tax base along with the transfer of property between siblings, sibling-to-sibling property transfer – buying out a sibling’s share of inherited property through a trust loan, in conjunction with Prop 58, is still in place, however inheriting property taxes from a parent has been limited in some circumstances by Proposition 19. Still the majority of children can receive a full property tax transfer from a parent on an inherited home.
• Sections of the approved California Proposition 19 documentation and revisions to various sections are vague. To correct these issues, Santa Clara County Tax Assessor Larry Stone was appointed by the California Assessors’ Association (CAA), with four other tax Assessors, to a CAA “committee” to provide clarity to the new Proposition 19 implementation process. The CAA committee has enlisted specialists and tax lawyers throughout California, and is working with the Board of Equalization (BOE) to furnish guidance and where necessary recommend passage, on an urgency basis, towards implementing appropriate statutes.
• Only inherited properties used as primary homes or farms would be eligible for the property tax transfer. Those who are “severely disabled”, or whose homes were destroyed by wildfire or a “natural disaster” can now transfer their primary residence’s property tax base value to a replacement residence of any value, anywhere in the state.
• Eligible homeowners can now take advantage of “special rules” to move to a more expensive home. Their property tax bill would still go up but not by as much as it would be for home buyers that are “not eligible”.
A claim form must now, as of Feb 2021, be completed and signed by the transferors and transferee and filed with the Assessor. A claim has to be filed within three years after the date of purchase or transfer, or prior to the transfer of the real estate to a third party, whichever is earlier.
If a claim form has not been filed by the date specified above it will be timely if filed within six months after the date of mailing of the notice of supplemental or escape assessment for this property. If a claim is not timely filed the exclusion will be granted beginning with the calendar year in which you file your claim.
If you have questions regarding California Proposition 19, Prop 58 and the benefit that you may be entitled to, please call us at 877-464-1066. We can help you determine if a loan to a trust is needed for you to receive your benefit and how much you might be able to save in property taxes by keeping a parents low property tax base on an inherited home.
Please join us this November 13th for the Virtual 46th Annual USC Gould Trust and Estate Conference. We are sponsoring the event again this year and will be available to answer any questions you have on Lending to an Irrevocable Trust or Probate Estate. Our loans assist clients in qualifying for the California Prop 58 Parent to Child Exclusion from Property Tax Reassessment on an inherited home.
Tanis Alonso, one of our Trust & Estate Loan Senior Account Executives will be available for Zoom meetings during the Conference or available by phone at (877) 464-1066 to assist you and provide you with more information on our specialized lending programs. Commercial Loan Corporations is one of the only lenders in California who will lend to an Irrevocable Trusts, allowing our clients to meet the California Board of Equalization requirements to qualify for their Exclusion from Reassessment.
This years USC Gould Trust & Estate Conference Features Information on the following
Keynote Presentation: Bending the Arc of History with Terrence Franklin
Practical Topics: Annual Updates, Trustee and Beneficiary Harmony, Anti-SLAPP, Divorce, Stretching Retirement Savings, and Sub-Trust Allocations
CE Credit: MCLE, CPE, CFP, PFB, and CTFA (Pending)
8:30 AM – 8:35 AM (PST)
Welcome and Introductions
8:35 AM – 10:05 AM (PST)
Annual Update: Recent Developments in Probate and Trust and their Practical Applications
10:05 AM – 10:20 AM (PST)
Break Sponsored by Professional Fiduciary Association of California
10:20 AM – 11:20 AM (PST)
Love in the Time of COVID-19: Trustee and Beneficiary Harmony in Years Like 2020
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (PST)
No-Contest Clauses and the Anti-SLAPP Statute: Traps for the Unwary
12:40 PM – 1:20 PM (PST)
Keynote Presentation Sponsored by Signature Resolution: Bending the Arc of History Towards Justice in the Probate Court
1:20 PM – 1:40 PM (PST)
Break Sponsored by Jack Barcal, Esq.
1:40 PM – 2:40 PM (PST)
Tales from the Dark Side: HELP, My Client Is Getting Divorced (or Married, or Remarried). What Do I Do?
2:50 PM – 3:50 PM (PST)
How to Stretch Retirement Savings with a CRUT
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM (PST)
Better Late Than Never? The Looming Implications of Late Allocations to Sub-Trusts
For more information on our loans to irrevocable trusts and probate estates, please call us at 877-464-1066. We can provide you or your client with a free cost benefit analysis and let them know exactly how much property saving can be attained by taking advantage of a parent to child property transfer and exclusion from property tax reassessment.