California Trust & Estate Bridge Loans

Trust and Estate Bridge Loans

Trust and Estate Bridge Loans

California Bridge Loan Financing To Trusts & Estates

Commercial Loan Corporation specializes in providing bridge loans to trusts and estates. We are one of just a handful of lenders in California that provide bridge financing to trusts. Even more importantly, we specialize in this type of lending. Often times our clients utilize our private money bridge loan financing to allow for an even distribution to be made from a trust or estate. This can be crucial when a client is trying to receive a Proposition 58 granted exclusion from property tax reassessment to preserve a parents low property tax base on inherited property.

Thanks to California Proposition 13, property taxes in California can not increase by more than 2% each year. Since property values in California historically increase at a far higher rate, retaining a parents low property tax base can be incredibly valuable. In fact, on average we save our clients $6,200 a year in property taxes by helping them avoid a property tax reassessment. Over time that savings can compound, making for an incredible benefit. If you are inheriting property from a parent and are interested in preserving their low Proposition 13 property tax base, call us at 877-464-1066 and we can help you determine how much you might be able to save by utilizing one of our bridge loans.

What Is A Bridge Loan?

A bridge loan or bridge financing is a short term loan utilized until a person or trust secures permanent financing. Bridge loans or bridge mortgages are only intended to be held for a short period of time and typically have a term between 1 and 12 months.

Many of our clients either pay our bridge loan off in full after their exclusion from property tax reassessment has been granted or will refinance the debt with a conventional mortgage once the Proposition 58 exclusion has been granted. We are also able to assist our clients with permanent financing if needed. If you, a family member or client is interest in receiving a bridge loan for a trust or estate, please call us at 877-464-1066 so that we may assist you.

Always Watch Out For Prepayment Penalties

Trust and Estate Loans - Beware of Prepayment Penalties

Trust and Estate Loans – Beware of Prepayment Penalties

Trust and estate mortgages provide liquidity to an otherwise illiquid trust. This cash infusion to the trust or estate allows for an even asset distributions to be made. The equal distribution of a trust or estate becomes critical when one of the beneficiaries or heirs wants to take advantage of California Proposition 58 (parent to child property transfer) and benefit from an exclusion for property tax reassessment. Depending on the property’s current value, the parents assessed property tax value and the property tax rate; doing so could mean a savings of thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars annually! Here is an example of how it works.

Proposition 58 Exclusion From Property Tax Reassessment Example

Say your parent initially purchased the home for $75,000 and over the years the home has increased in value to $850,000. Thanks to California’s Proposition 13, the property’s tax assessed value can not increase by more than 2% annually. So even though the actual value of the property is $850,000 the County’s assessed value for property tax purposes may be only $112,000 (as an example). If the property tax rate for the area is 1.2% here is what you would be looking at:

Current Property Taxes = $112,000 x 1.2% = $1,344
Property Taxes If Reassessed = $850,000 x 1.2% = $10,200
Proposition 58 Exclusion From Reassessment Annual Tax Savings = $8,856

So if an equal distribution of the trust or estate can be made allowing for the child inheriting the property to qualify for the Proposition 58 exclusion from property tax reassessment, the savings in property taxes can be significant!

Finding the right Trust or Estate Loan

When it comes time to take out a trust, estate or probate loan, you have a few options and choosing the right private money or hard money lender may save you potentially thousands of dollars in fees and expenses! In almost all cases, Trust and Estate loans are intended to be short term financing options. The lender provides the trust or estate with cash, the assets of the trust or estate are distributed equally, and the beneficiary or heir files for the parent to child exclusion from property tax reassessment. Once the exclusion is granted, they are then able to refinance the trust or estate loan with out jeopardizing the low property tax rate that was transferred from the parent. Since these are short term loans, many of our competitors have chosen to charge prepayment penalties to make additional income on the loan. Worse yet, some trust and estate lenders will disguise their prepayment penalty by referring to them as minimum required months payments or set a minimum amount of interest requirement. Depending on the loan amount, those prepaid or required interest charges could add up to several thousand dollars. Commercial Loan Corporation charges NO prepayment penalties and has NO minimum interest requirements. Instead we do our best to provide you with flexibility when it comes to paying off your loan. In fact we will even recalculate your monthly payment for you if you pay down your trust or estate loan mortgage balance, allowing you to save on interest payments!

To learn more about trust and estate loans and why Commercial Loan Corporation is your best option when it comes to a trust or estate mortgage, please call us at 877-464-1066 or complete our trust and estate information request form at www.cloanc.com.

Retaining A Parents Proposition 13 Property Tax Rate When Inheriting A Property In A Trust.

Trust Loans, Estate Loans and Probate Loans

Commercial Loan Corporation – Mortgages For Trusts, Estates and Probate. We can assist you in retaining your Proposition 13 tax rate.

Retaining A Parents Low Proposition 13 Property Tax Rate

When inheriting a property, the ability to retain your parents or grandparents low Proposition 13 tax rate can be extremely desirable. In fact, in many cases preserving the lower property tax rate can mean a savings of thousands of dollars per year. Unfortunately, this process can also be complicated to achieve in some situations.

California Proposition 58 permits the transfer of real property between parents and children and grants an exclusion for property tax reassessment in some cases. The process of obtaining the exclusion for property tax reassessment becomes an issue for many people when the real estate is held in a trust with multiple beneficiaries and not enough liquid assets to make an even distribution to all of the beneficiaries. That is where Commercial Loan Corporation can help.

Commercial Loan Corporation provides mortgages to trusts and estates. Our trust loan infuses the trust with cash allowing for the equal distribution of the trust and permitting one of the trustees to take possession of the real estate. The process helps to make the individual eligible for a proposition 58 exclusion for property tax reassessment allowing him or her to preserve the parents low proposition 13 tax rate. In addition to loans to trusts, Commercial Loan Corporation also provides estate loans and probate loans to help protect a parents low property tax rate when it is being transferred to a child.

If you or a client of yours could benefit from a probate loan, estate loan or mortgage on a property held in a trust, please have them call us at 877-464-1066 or complete a request for additional information on our website here.

Parent to Child Transfer and Exclusion for Reassessment of Property Taxes

When a Property is Held in an Illiquid Trust

When the time comes for the distribution of a family trust, often times one of the children-beneficiaries wants to hold on to real property held in the trust. Usually, the property can be transferred along with the Proposition 13 tax base. This can save several thousand dollars in property taxes. If the trust has multiple beneficiaries and there are enough liquid assets to make an even distribution, it is a relatively easy process to obtain the exclusion for reassessment by filing the proper paperwork with the county assessor (Form BOE-58-AH).

 

What if the Trust is Illiquid?Keeping the exclusion for reassessment when transferring real property to a child-beneficiary can be trickier if there are not enough liquid assets in the trust to make an even distribution. The acquiring beneficiary may want to contribute personal funds to provide liquidity in the trust for an even distribution. This may not be a good idea. The Board of Equalization (BOE) may view this as a sibling buying out the interests of another sibling(s) as opposed to a parent to child transfer. The BOE may reassess the property in this situation. So what do we do? I am glad you asked me that. The BOE allows the trust to borrow from a 3rd party (not one of the beneficiaries) to provide liquidity. The loan must be to the trust without a personal guarantee by the acquiring beneficiary. The BOE may view a loan with a personal guarantee by the acquiring beneficiary the same way it views a contribution of capital to the trust by the acquiring beneficiary.

 

Getting a 3rd Party Loan

You would think this would be easy. Unfortunately, conventional lenders (banks, mortgage companies)

do not like to lend to trusts and their Deeds of Trust are written with alienation clauses. That means when title to a property changes, the lender can call the loan due. When a trust is distributed, the title to the property will change from the trust to the acquiring beneficiary and the alienation clause would be triggered.

Another option is private money lenders (hard money). These are lenders that have investors, usually individuals, willing to lend their money for a certain rate of return. These individual investors frequently have a requirement that at least 90 days of interest be paid. Some private money lenders charge a prepayment penalty to insure their investors receive 90 days of interest. Private money lenders will typically charge 2 to 3 points on top of the interest rate. This can get expensive.

Finding a family friend or relative that is not a beneficiary and is willing to lend money to the trust may be the best option (least expensive).  Unfortunately, this may be just as difficult as finding a conventional lender willing to lend to a trust.

 

Commercial Loan Corporation will make these 3rd Party Loans?

There are not many companies doing these loans currently (October 2017). Commercial Loan Corporation in Newport Beach, California is actively lending to trusts. We do not charge prepayment penalties, so loans can be repaid quickly to avoid paying above market interest rates. These loans are not cheap and we provide a cost/benefit calculator on our website. It is important to determine how much one will save in property taxes each year versus the loan costs. The calculator will show how many years it would take to recoup all of the loan costs with property tax savings. If the property will not be held long enough to recoup all of the loan costs, it does not make sense to get a 3rd party loan. In most circumstances the property will be held much longer than the break-even point and the property tax savings will be a great benefit.

 

What are Commercial Loan Corporation’s Lending Criteria?

  • Property must be non-owner occupied.
  • Preferred loan amount does not exceed 65% of the property’s appraised value (Exceptions have been made for high credit score borrowers with liquid assets greater than the loan amount).
  • There is a plan for repayment by refinance or verified liquid assets (If refinancing, an approval letter is needed from an approved conventional lender).
  • Loans are recorded in the 1stlien position (Loans in the 2nd position are considered on a case-by-case basis).
  • Title insurance is required on all loans
  • Third party escrow is required on all loans
  • Appraisals completed for the trust may be acceptable with a review by a third party appraiser chosen by Commercial Loan Corporation.