On November 3, 2020, California voters approved Proposition 19, the Home Protection for Seniors, Severely Disabled, Families and Victims of Wildfire or Natural Disasters Act. Proposition 19 is a California constitutional amendment that limits people who inherit family properties from keeping the low property tax base unless they use the home as their primary residence.
This new proposition will make important changes to existing statewide property tax saving programs for Californians. California Proposition 19 replaces California Proposition 58(1986) and Proposition 193(1996) by limiting parent-and-child transfer and grandparent-to-grandchild transfer exclusions. These Prop 19 changes are likely to go into effect on 2/16/2021. As of right now, the California Board of Equalization is still trying to work out some of the formalities of the new legislation. You can view the Board of Equalization current interpretation of California Proposition 19 here.
Here are the impacts made to Proposition 58 by Proposition 19 as expressed on the California BOE website: California Proposition 19 changes to Proposition 58
The two most significant changes made to Proposition 58 by California Proposition 19 are the restriction to occupancy and the new $1,000,000 benefit limit on a primary home. Even once these changes to Prop 58 are in place, there are still significant benefits available to California residents who inherit a home from a parent. Providing you intend to occupy the home as your primary residence so can still save as much as $10,000 annually in property tax savings.
If you, a family member or client has questions on California Proposition 19, or would like a free benefit analysis on how much you may be able to save by taking advantage of a parent to child property tax transfer, please call us at 877-464-1066.
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.
Parent Child Exclusion From Property Tax Reassessment
Commercial Loan Corporation specializes in helping clients qualify for California Proposition 58’s Parent to Child Exclusion from Property Tax Reassessment with our Trust and Estate loans. You may be wondering what the parent to child exclusion from property tax reassessment is. When a parent passes and leaves a child real estate in California, Prop 58 grants the ability for a child to also inherit the parents low property tax base on the property if certain conditions are met and the appropriate documents are submitted correctly to the county tax assessors office.
How does Commercial Loan Corporation help in that situation?
Often times when there are multiple children involved and one of those children want’s to inherit the property and keep the parents low property taxes, the county assessors office will require an equal distribution of assets be made to all children. Unfortunately most Trust & Estates do not have sufficient cash assets for an equal distribution to be made and that may result in the inherited home being reassessed. Commercial Loan Corporation can assist clients in that situation. Unlike most California lenders, we specialize in assisting customers with the California Proposition 58 parent to child exclusion from property tax reassessment. In fact, we are one of the only California lenders that will lend directly to an Irrevocable Trust with no personal guarantee from the acquiring beneficiary which is often a Board of Equalization requirement when the property is held in an irrevocable trust and multiple beneficiaries are involved.
If you, a family member or a client of yours is inheriting property and are interested in transferring a parents low property tax base please give us a call at 877-464-1066. We can answer any questions you may have and provide you with a free analysis of how much your might be able to save by taking advantage of the California Proposition 58 Parent to Child Exclusion From Property tax Reassessment.
Here is a recent interview with Kenneth McNabb (Commercial Loan Corporation Trust & Estate Loan Account Executive) and PropertyTaxTransferTrusts.com. In the interview Ken discusses how Commercial Loan Corporation assists clients with Proposition 58 by using a Trust Loan to infuse a Trust with the funds needed to make an equal distribution and qualify.
Property Tax Transfer: Hello Ken, how do you disseminate the information you want to get across to prospects and new clients? In order to address financial issues that beneficiaries need to know, to resolve what are often complex financial concerns?
Kenneth McNabb: I tend to give general information at first and provide our clients a solid overview. I then determine exactly how urgent the the financial issues are.
Property Tax Transfer: What do you do with a family that appears to be at an impasse, for example cannot agree on the value of an inherited home?
Kenneth McNabb: When no one in a group of siblings can agree on what the value of a home should be I typically suggest we create a Cost Benefit Analysis and have an appraisal done. The appraisal is conducted by an independent third party and will show the true value of the home in question. Plus I make sure I know who wants to sell an inherited property, and who wants to keep the property. Typically everyone wants that low property tax base to remain intact. Usually at the root of the issue is that some beneficiaries do not realize that they can actually save a considerable amount of money by taking out a trust loan and having a sibling keep a home as opposed to selling it and having to pay realtor fees, closing costs and the repair costs. Selling an inherited home can be quite expensive. In fact we save our clients on average more than $40,000 when compared to selling a home. That does not include an average annual tax savings of over $6,200 by taking advantage of California Proposition 58! One other benefit is that a trust loan takes far less time that it takes to sell a property; so everyone receives their funds much more quickly.
Property Tax Transfer: When in the estate or inheritance timeline do these siblings tend to contact you, contact the firm you work for?
Kenneth McNabb: Some are urgent to get the money right away to buyout siblings…. Some even call us before anyone even passes away! Sometimes it’s a week after the death of a parent… Sometimes it’s a year after someone passes away.
Property Tax Transfer: And the next most important thing?
Kenneth McNabb: Well, I suppose that would be – what it means to inherit property from a parent. As maybe a once-in-a-lifetime, singular event.
Property Tax Transfer: Yes, it’s definitely a profound event. Tell me, who do you primarily deal with in your average family group? Typically.
Kenneth McNabb: Not counting the exceptions… Typically, I’m generally dealing with “the captain of the team”. The trust administrator, the person who wants to retain the parents home or oldest sibling. On occasion one of the siblings in an attorney and I will deal with them.
Property Tax Transfer: What does that person, that spokesperson, typically want, most of all?
Kenneth McNabb: I’d have to say that they want to keep the low CA Proposition 13 property tax base. Plus be able to buyout the sibling or siblings who want to sell their shares in that property.
Property Tax Transfer: What about Proposition 58, getting approved, and how it all works in conjunction with a trust loan, besides securing a low CA Proposition 13 property tax base… How do you explain all that? As I see it, this is the key to success in this business. If they don’t “get it” the first time around, they usually just walk away, don’t they? People often push away what they think they can’t understand.
Kenneth McNabb: My job is to make sure they understand this process within the first 30 seconds of the conversation! I keep everything as simple as possible. I explain Proposition 58 and securing a low CA Proposition 13 property tax base in very simple terms. I Let them know, in plain English, without a lot of confusing technical jargon, how an exclusion functions for the property – from parent to child… I ask them “Would you rather pay property taxes based on the day their parents’ bought the property… Or get hit with a super high current tax base, and pay what would be reassessed now, today…” I suppose you can guess what their choice generally is.
Property Tax Transfer: Right. Doesn’t take a genius to figure that one out! Everyone wants that low CA Proposition 13 property tax base. Now, although you’re dealing with more or less non-conventional lending issues… How do you deal with non-conventional loan requirements? Where approval is concerned – along the pathway towards final approval for these folks.
Kenneth McNabb: Since we are lending to the trust and not to an individual in most situations, the loan process is very fast and easy. In fact, we can often close a loan in as little as a week; providing we have received all of the required paperwork.
Property Tax Transfer: What is the Continuing Legal Education all about? Is that for Trust & Estate attorneys only?
Kenneth McNabb:Commercial Loan Corporation specializes in providing loans to irrevocable trusts to help our clients utilize Proposition 58 and keep a parents low Prop 13 property tax base. After doing this for so long, we have become very knowledgeable on California Proposition 58 matters. We partnered with Michael Wyatt, a California Property Tax Consultant that worked in a California Assessors office for over 15 years and together created an authorized Continuing Legal Education course that Attorney’s may take to meet their California continuing legal education requirements.
Property Tax Transfer: Thank you for taking the time to speak with us Ken. If one of our readers needs assistance with California Proposition 58 or has questions about a loan to an irrevocable trust, how may they reach you?
Kenneth McNabb: They can either call us at 877-464-1066 or inquire right on our website. We are always happy to answer any questions that they are their Attorney may have on the trust or estate loan process. We can also provide a Free benefit analysis which shows how much each beneficiary will save by using a trust loan to keep a home as opposed to selling it.
Please visit our table at the USC Gould School of Law 44th Annual Trust & Estate Conference on 11/16/2018. Mike Riggs & Tanis Alonso will be available to answer all of your questions on lending to a property held in a trust and how to preserve a property tax base on an inherited property in California. We will be hosting a table at the event from 7:AM to 3:PM and look forward to seeing your there. Exhibit hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the California Ballroom Foyer. The Ballroom Foyer is located on the 2nd floor. Exhibit tables are located in close proximity to the general sessions.
Loans To Trusts & Estate Properties
If you will not be able to attend the event, but have questions on loans to trusts and properties in a probate estate, please call us at 877-464-1066. We can assist you in understanding how you or a client can benefit from California Proposition 58 by transferring a parents low property tax rate to a child inheriting a home. Commercial Loan Corporation specializes in providing loans to property held in a trusts, including irrevocable trusts so that this can be accomplished. Our trust loans are Prop 58 compliant and allow for an equal distribution of the trust to be made using third party funds.
Click here for a link to use USC Gould School of Law Trust & Estate Flyer for details on how to attending and visit our booth on Loans to Trusts in California.
Dealing with Trusts and Estates can be a complicated matter. It can go from complex to incomprehensible if you do not understand the terminology. To help you better understand, we have compiled a list of some of the most common terms used in trust and estate matters to assist you. If you need any additional clarification, we are here to assist you. Please call us at 877-464-1066 for any needs you may have.
Common Terms For Trusts And Estates
Appointer – The appointer is the person who can appoint a new trustee or remove an existing one.
Appointment – The act of appointing, giving an asset from the trust to a beneficiary; or the name of the document which gives effect to the appointment. The trustee’s right to do this, where it exists, is called a power of appointment. Sometimes, a power of appointment is given to someone other than the trustee, such as the settlor, the protector, or a beneficiary.
Beneficiary – A beneficiary is anyone who receives benefits from any assets held by the trust.
Bridge Loan – A bridge loan is short term financing that is typically paid back or refinanced. Often times the term on a bridge loan can range from 3 to 12 months.
Estate Planning – The process of arranging ones property and affairs to insure their disbursement in the most effective way possible.
Power of Attorney – A power of attorney is a legal instrument that empowers another person as agent to deal with one’s property and affairs.
Executor – The one nominated in a Will and or appointed by Probate Court to manage and distribute a decedent’s estate in accordance with the terms of the Will.
Fiduciary – A fiduciary is a person to whom property or power is entrusted for the benefit of another.
Proposition 13 – California Proposition 13 is a constitutional amendment enacted in 1978. The Proposition 13 Amendment limits the tax rate increase that can be charged annually on real estate in California. The proposition restricts the annual increases of assessed value of real property to an inflation factor, not to exceed 2% per year. California Proposition 13 also prohibits 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.
Proposition 58 – California Proposition 58 allows for the exclusion for reassessment of property taxes on transfers between parents and children. If the sale or transfer of real property 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. Proposition 58 allows the new property owner to avoid property tax increases when acquiring property from their parents. The new owner’s taxes are instead calculated on the established Proposition 13 factored base year value, instead of the current market value when the property is acquired from the parent.
Protector – A protector may be appointed in an express, inter vivos trust, as a person who has some control over the trustee usually including a power to dismiss the trustee and appoint another.
Settlor – This is the person or persons who creates the trust. They may also be known as a Grantor.
Trust – A trust is an arrangement in which ownership of assets is transferred to a Trustee, who thereafter has a fiduciary duty to distribute the trusts assets to the beneficiaries of the Trust.
Trust Deed – A trust deed is a legal document that defines the trust such as the trustee, beneficiaries, settlor and appointer, and the terms and conditions of the agreement.
Trust Distributions – A trust distribution is any income or asset that is given out to the beneficiaries of the trust.
Trustee – A person, corporation who administers a trust. A trustee is considered a fiduciary and owes the highest duty under the law to protect trust assets from unreasonable loss for the trust’s beneficiaries.
If you require a third party bridge loan to take advantage of the benefits of proposition 58, please call us at 877-464-1066 so that we may assist you.