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.
Loans to Trusts and Estates for the Prop 58 Parent to Child Property Tax Transfer
An Interview with Abraham Ordaz regarding Loans to Trusts and Estate to equalize a distribution in order to qualify for the California Proposition 58 Exclusion from Property Tax Reassessment.
Recently Abraham Ordaz, Account Executive for Commercial Loan Corporation was interviewed by PropertyTaxTransferTrusts.com. The interview focused on how Abraham assists clients with financing for Irrevocable Trusts to provide liquidity so that an equal distribution can be made and a child inheriting a home can keep their parents low Proposition 13 protected property tax base. The full interview can be found here.
Here are some highlights from that interview:
Property Tax Transfer: Abe, thank you so much for sitting down with me today to chat about your work at Commercial Loan Corp and how you assist clients when it comes to using California Proposition 58 to transfer a parents low property tax base to a child who is inheriting a home.
Abraham Ordaz: Sure, my pleasure.
Property Tax Transfer: Abe, who do you generally speak to when it comes to taking calls from prospects?
Abraham Ordaz: I speak to a variety of involved parties when it comes to helping a client transfer a parents low Prop 13 property tax base from a parent to a child. Often times the conversation begins with a Trust Administrator or a Trust Beneficiary who is interested in using Prop 58 to transfer a property tax base from a parent to a child on an inherited property. After that initial conversation it is common for me to also have a conversation with the Trust & Estate Attorney who is assisting them with the distribution of the trust or estate. On occasion they do not have an attorney who is currently working with them and I am able to refer them to one in their area who is familiar with the Proposition 58 Parent to Child Property Tax Transfer process and who can help them secure their property tax transfer benefit. At Commercial Loan Corporation we have helped hundreds of clients by providing them with a loan to an irrevocable trust so that an equal distribution can be made and they can meet the requirements set by the California Board of Equalization to qualify for the Proposition 58 property tax transfer benefit.
Property Tax Transfer: Are your clients and attorneys usually familiar with trust loans, and how they work with the California Proposition 58 process?
Abraham Ordaz: Many of the Attorneys that I work with are familiar with the Proposition 58 process, as well as Proposition 13 and the need for a trust loan to equalize a distribution when a trust or estate does not have sufficient liquid assets. In fact, many of my clients are referred to me by their trust and estate Attorney. We are one of the only California Trust and Estate Lenders who will lend directly to an Irrevocable Trust with no personal guarantee from the acquiring beneficiary and we are the only California lender that I am aware of that specializes with these types of transactions to help clients secure their Proposition 58 property tax benefit. That is the reason why I receive so many Attorney referrals. The Attorney wants to make sure that their client is in good hands and that the process is done correctly so that the client will qualify for the Prop 58 parent to child exclusion from property tax reassessment. Often times we help clients save more than $6,000.00 per year in property taxes on an inherited home.
Property Tax Transfer: Abe, that is fantastic that you have developed such great relationships with Trust & Estate Attorneys. Do you usually provide them with an estimate on how much you would be able to save their clients when it comes to property taxes?
Abraham Ordaz: Yes, we provide a free cost benefit analysis for each client. It tells them exactly how much we expect their client to save in property taxes each year as opposed to if their property were to be reassessed. At that time we also provide them with a free quote for the trust loan so that we can make sure it is in their best interest. In most cases it is of great benefit…
Property Tax Transfer: Do you get into the various particulars with Proposition 58, and how that works in concert with loans to trusts?
Abraham Ordaz: Yes, we break everything down into very simple terms so that the Proposition 58 property tax transfer and trust loan process are all easy to understand. That is one of the reasons why so many Trust and Estate Attorneys who deal with California Proposition 58 love to work with us.
Property Tax Transfer: Got it. Abe, how do you help your clients who are interested in keeping a parents low property tax base on an inherited home understand how the trust loan and Proposition 58 parent to child transfer benefits work, keeping the initial inheritance property transfer taxes down, buying out siblings’ property ownership shares, and so on? Yet keeping it very simple.
Abraham Ordaz: I start with the basics of Proposition 58 and the California Board of Equalization requirements for a Parent to Child Property Tax Transfer. I then help them determine how much their trust or estate will need in order to make an equal distribution. After that we review all the numbers together and I answer any questions they may have on the process. Next we get their Attorney involved so that they can handle all of the legal aspects of the Proposition 58 parent to child exclusion and provide us with all of the required information for the trust or estate. Lastly, we provide them with the funds needed so that an equal distribution can be made in order for them to meet that qualification requirement for Prop 58. The Attorney or Property Tax Consultant then helps them submit their property tax transfer request to the County Assessors office so that they can secure their parents low property tax base.
Property Tax Transfer: Got it. Abe, do you get into the customer service aspect at all? I understand that a very special kind of customer service is critical to this process, to be successful, so to speak, with each family.
Abraham Ordaz: Yes… Customer service is the most important aspect to our business and we try to be our best version of ourselves for every client regardless of the size of the loan. Everyone is treated equally and respectfully. Everyone that joins the Commercial Loan Corp family, as it were, is a V.I.P. client!
Property Tax Transfer: That’s very interesting and a rare thing to find these days in this business climate. Well, we want to thank you so much for sitting and chatting with us today. We really appreciate it.
Abraham Ordaz: It’s my pleasure. Thanks for having me.
If you, a family member or a client is interested in California Proposition 58 and the ability to transfer a parents low Prop 13 property taxes on an inherited home, please call Abraham Ordaz at 877-464-1066. He or one of our other Trust and Estate Loan Account Executives can assist you and answer all of your questions.
California Proposition 58 Parent to Child Transfer
California Proposition 58 – Transferring Real Estate & Property Tax Base From A Parent To A Child & The Need For A Loan To Equalize A Transfer.
On November 4, 1986, the voters of California adopted Proposition 58, which added subdivision (h) to section 2 of article XIII A of the California Constitution. Subdivision H provides that “purchase” and “change in ownership” do not include the purchase or transfer of a principal residences between parents and children, and that the first one million dollars of the full cash value of all other real property (other than principal residences) between parents and children. Section 63.1 was added to the Revenue and Taxation Code 1 to implement the parent-child exclusion provisions of California Proposition 58 and applies to any purchases or transfers between parents and children that occur on or after November 6, 1986.
The California Board of Equalization who administers Proposition 58 offered guidance to clarify some of the ambiguity of the law. They generated a Questions and Answers document for the California Assessors offices to help them properly handle Prop 58 requests for Parent to Child Transfers and requests to avoid property tax reassessment. California Proposition 58 allows a child to inherit a property from a parent, transferring the home and avoiding tax reassessment. This allows the child to keep the parents low Proposition 13 property tax base. One of the requirements of Prop 58 that the Board of Equalization addressed was the need for an equal distribution to be made when multiple beneficiaries are involved. This information can be found on Page 11 – Question 36 of the board of equalization question and answer document. The document can be located here.
Or at the California Board of Equalization Website – Located Here
Question 36 from the Board or Equalization addresses the following issue:
“A trust allows for non-pro rata distribution. However, the estate is composed primarily of a house and a small savings account. One child wants the real property and one 15 See Simms v. Pope (1990) 218 Cal.App.3d 472, 477; Domenghini v. County of San Luis Obispo (1974) 40 Cal.App.3d 689, 695. 16 Letter To Assessors 91/08. 17 Estate of Russell (1968) 69 Cal 2d 200. Page 11 REVENUE AND TAXATION CODE SECTION 63.1 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS child wants cash. To equalize distribution, can the trust encumber the real property with a loan and will the transfer of real property still qualify for the parent-child exclusion?
Answer: Yes. When a trustee has the power to distribute trust assets on a pro rata or non-pro rata basis, the distribution of real property to one child qualifies for the parent-child exclusion if the value of the property does not exceed that child’s interest in the total trust estate. A trustee who elects to make a non-pro rata distribution may equalize the value of the other beneficiaries’ interests in the trust assets by encumbering the real property with a loan and distributing the loan proceeds to the other beneficiaries.18 However, a loan cannot be made by any of the beneficiaries of the real property to the trust in order to equalize the trust interests. Such loan would be considered payment for the other beneficiaries’ interests in the real property resulting in a transfer between beneficiaries rather than a transfer from parent to child, which would disqualify the transfer from the parent-child exclusion.”
This is where Commercial Loan Corporation can assist you. A conventional loan can not be used in this situation, since conventional lenders will not lend directly to a trust or estate, and the BOE requires that the loan not be made to the beneficiary but instead to the trust or estate. We are one of the only California lenders that will lend directly to a trust or estate, as opposed to a beneficiary. Our loan enables the beneficiary who is inheriting the property from a trust or estate to avoid a transfer between beneficiaries. This helps them qualify for the Proposition 58 Parent to Child Transfer, enabling them to keep a parents low Proposition 13 tax base. Our average client saves over $6,000 a year in property taxes by taking advantage of their Prop 58 property tax benefit. We will even lend to an irrevocable trust.
If you, a family member or a client may be interested in a loan to help assist with Proposition 58, please call us at 877-464-1066 and we can assist you.
Avoid Property Tax Reassessment On A Home Your Inherit From Your Parents
How to avoid property tax reassessment on a home you inherit from your mother or father in California
One of the biggest mistakes that most Californians make when inheriting real estate from a parent is not taking advantage of California Prop 58. In fact even some Estate Planners, Attorneys and Fiduciaries do not fully understand the full benefits and how to navigate Proposition 58. California Proposition 58 provides Californians with the ability to avoid property reassessment when inheriting a home from a parent.
Why is Proposition 58 and the ability to avoid property tax reassessment so important?
Avoiding property reassessment means you assume the existing property tax valuation that your parent had. With how rapidly property values have appreciated in California over the last 50 years, avoiding reassessment can mean an enormous tax savings. For instance, lets say that your parents purchased their home in 1980 for $180,000. Because of California Proposition 13, the county can not reassess a home more than 2% per year while held by the same owner. For this example we will estimate the county has the home you are inheriting assessed at $250,000. If the County property tax rate is 1.2%, that means the yearly property taxes on the home are just $3,000.
If you inherit the property from your parents, and you or your legal representation do not submit a request for an exclusion from reassessment and the home is currently valued at $1,250,000, your annual property taxes will jump to $15,000! That is a difference of $13,000 per year in property taxes that you could potentially be avoided. To compound the issue, property assessment values can be reassessed upwards by 2% annually. So the following year if that occurs, your property taxes will increase by another $300 as opposed to just $60 if you had received your exclusion from reassessment. Over 10 years that can really add up.
How can Commercial Loan Corporation help with Proposition 58 and an exclusion from Property Tax Reassessment?
California Proposition 58 has eligibility requirements. A process needs to be done correctly and proper documentation needs to be filed in order to receive and exclusion from property reassessment on a parent to child transfer of real estate. One of the stipulations is that when a parents home is held in a trust, an equal distribution of the trust assets must be made to qualify for Proposition 58. An important side note is that the beneficiary receiving the property can not use their own funds to create an equal distribution. If this is done, the assessors office views it as a property transfer between beneficiaries as opposed to a parent to child transfer, making it ineligible for a Proposition 58 exclusion from reassessment. Instead, the California Board of Equalization requires that a third party loan be used to provide the trust with sufficient cash for an equal distribution to be made. This information can be found on the California Board of Equalizations website at the following link that addresses questions and answers regarding California Proposition 58.
“When a trustee or estate administrator has the power to distribute trust assets on a pro rata or non-pro rata basis, the distribution of real property to one child qualifies for the parent-child exclusion if the value of the property does not exceed that child’s interest in the total trust estate. A trustee who elects to make a non-pro rata distribution may equalize the value of the other beneficiaries’ interests in the trust assets by encumbering the real property with a loan and distributing the loan proceeds to the other beneficiaries. However, a loan cannot be made by any of the beneficiaries of the real property to the trust in order to equalize the trust interests. Such loan would be considered payment for the other beneficiaries’ interests in the real property resulting in a transfer between beneficiaries rather than a transfer from parent to child, which would disqualify the transfer from the parent-child exclusion.”
Commercial Loan Corporation is one of the only lenders in California that provides loans to trusts with out the requirement of a personal guarantee. This unique mortgage product allows an illiquid trust to become liquid and for the inheriting beneficiary to qualify for the benefits of Proposition 58 by meeting the parent to child transfer requirement. Unlike other lenders, we specialize in Proposition 58 loans. Our trust loan enables a beneficiary to encumber the inherited home and infuse the trust with the cash needed so that an equal distribution can be made and they can qualify for the parent-child exclusion and avoid a property tax reassessment with Proposition 58.
Call Us Today For Assistance
If you have any questions on the process of obtaining a loan for a property held in an irrevocable trust, please call us at 877-464-1066. One of our Proposition 58 loan specialists can answer any questions you may have. We can also provide you with a no cost trust loan benefit proposal. The proposal will show you how much you could save by optimizing your trust distribution. On average we save our clients over $6,000 per year in property taxes and $40,000 in additional distributions to beneficiaries. Let us help you avoid property tax reassessment!
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.
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 NOminimum 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.
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.
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 2019). 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 1st lien 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.