Recently there has been debate in California if Proposition 13 and Proposition 58 still make sense. Without hesitation, the answer is yes. In June of 1978, California voters passed Proposition 13 with 65% of the total vote. Still, to this day, interestingly enough, 65% of “likely voters” in California still support the Proposition 13 this tax relief initiative.
California Prop 13 stabilized property taxes for Californians and gave a great incentive that encouraged Californian’s to become homeowners. The Proposition 13 tax break made property tax increases more affordable by limiting them to a maximum of 2% annually. Californians are fortunate enough to still be benefiting from this same formula 42 years later.
Proposition 58 works in conjunction with Proposition 13. Prop 58 allows a parent to transfer their Proposition 13 protected property tax base to a child. This is especially important when a child inherits a home from a parent. Prop 58 allows the child to inherit the home without having the property taxes reassessed, saving potentially thousands of dollars annually. This can make a home that may otherwise be unaffordable for the child, now affordable.
When it comes time to distribute the assets of an irrevocable trust, a trust loan may be needed if an equal distribution is required or desired. A trust loan provides the trust with liquidity; supplying cash so that assets do not need to be sold off or converted to cash. The trust loan is a mortgage placed against a piece of real estate held in the trust. Unlike a traditional mortgage, a trust mortgage loan is typically a short term loan. Once the assets of the trust are distributed, the beneficiary who inherited the real estate with the trust mortgage placed on it would refinance the trust mortgage with a conventional mortgage or payoff the mortgage.
Why Is An Equal Distribution Important?
When it comes to a trust distribution, an equal distribution can be important for a variety of reasons. Often times there is language in the trust that requires an equal distribution of the assets in the trust be made to beneficiaries. If the trust only contained cash, it would be easy to accomplish this. Unfortunately, most trusts that contain real estate do not have cash or other assets sufficient to create an equal distribution. In this situation, either the real estate must be sold or a mortgage must be taken out on the real estate to infuse the trust with cash. A trust loan is almost always the least expensive of the two options. Sometimes, more importantly, it also allows a beneficiary to keep a family home in the family.
Another important reason for the equal distribution of a trust is to meet the requirements of California Proposition 58. Prop 58 allows a child who is inheriting a home from a parent to avoid property tax reassessment on that home. This passes the low proposition 13 protected tax base from a parent to a child. Often times when the home is held in a trust, an equal distribution is required if a Proposition 58 exclusion from reassessment is to be granted by the County Tax Assessors office. In fact, the majority of trust loans that we provide are specifically for this reason. Our clients save on average over six thousand dollars per year in property tax savings by avoiding reassessment.
Do All Lenders Loan To Irrevocable Trusts?
No, in fact very few lenders are willing to lend to a trust, let alone an irrevocable trust. Typically when a home is held in a trust, a conventional lender will require that the property first be removed from the trust before they will lend on it. When a trust is revocable, this may not be an issue since the home can be added back into to trust once the mortgage process has been completed. Once the trust becomes irrevocable, often times the ability to do so is no longer possible and a lender who can lend to Irrevocable Trusts will be required.
When the requirements of Proposition 58 need to be considered, the situation can become even more complicated. Proposition 58 requires that the acquiring beneficiary of the real estate makes no personal guarantee on the trust loan or trust mortgage. Doing so would be perceived as a sibling to sibling transfer of real estate as opposed to a parent to child transfer and would likely jeopardize the exclusion from property reassessment. Commercial Loan Corporation is one of the only lenders in California that provides Irrevocable Trust Loans with no personal guarantee requirements. We work directly with Trust Administrators, Trustees, Beneficiaries, Attorneys and Property Tax Consultants. If you require a Trust & Estate Attorney or Property Tax Consultant to assist you with Proposition 58, we can refer you to an expert to assist you.
Is A Trust Loan Less Expensive Than Selling A Home?
Yes, in almost all cases a trust loan is far less expensive than selling a home. Additionally a trust loan takes less time to complete than it takes to sell a home. We can complete a trust loan in as little as 10 business days. That means beneficiaries can get more money and get their funds more quickly. When you consider the ability to take advantage of the Proposition 58’s exclusion from reassessment, the savings grow even further.
We specialize in loans to Irrevocable Trusts. If you or a client are in need of a trust loan or have questions about loans to an irrevocable trust, please call us at 877-464-1066. We will provide you with a free benefit analysis and answer any question you may have.
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When setting up a trust or dealing with trust and estate matters, finding a qualified Trust & Estate Attorney is highly advised! You can save money attempting to handle some items yourself, but be warned that making mistakes can sometimes end up being very costly.
This is especially true if you are inheriting a home from a parent and it is your goal, or a siblings goal to use Proposition 58 to keep a parents low property tax base. In many cases a trust or estate contains a variety of assets including cash and material items in addition to real estate. When there are multiple beneficiaries involved, and one of the beneficiaries wants to keep the home, the distribution can be complicated. If not handled correctly, you may lose your ability to receive an Exclusion From Property Reassessment. This can cause the homes value to be reassessed when transferred and in turn the property taxes may skyrocket.
Commercial Loan Corporation provides financing to Trusts and Estates to help you receive an exclusion from property reassessment. By doing so, we save our clients on average over $6,000 a year in property taxes. We are constantly working with qualified Attorneys and Property Tax Consultants in California to help their clients with Proposition 58 property transfers. If you are in need of financing to assist a trust or estate, or are looking for a Trust & Estate Attorney in your area to assist you, please call us at 877-464-1066. We would be happy to refer you to a California Trust & Estate Attorney that we have worked with in the past and who is knowledgeable on Proposition 58 and the parent to child property tax transfer process.
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.
When it comes to choosing a California Private Money Lender or California Hard Money Lender, you have a handful of options to choose from. Selecting the right one might be more important than you think.
Interest Rates, Penalties & Fees
For instance, choosing the best private mortgage lender can have a significant impact on your pocketbook. Lenders make money on a loan in a few different ways. The most common ways are through fees, interest rate premiums and penalties. One of the most important things that separates Commercial Loan Corporation from other California Private Money Lenders is that we do not charge any form of prepayment penalties, we offer competitive fees and have some of the lowest interest rates in the hard money lending marketplace. Prepayment penalties alone can cost a borrower potentially tens of thousands of dollars or even worse, trap them in a high interest rate loan that they no longer want or need!
Another important factor to consider when selecting the right private money lender is customer service. We are aware, that in this day and age, the phrase “Customer Service” almost sounds sarcastic. At Commercial Loan Corporation you are more than just a loan number. We might be a relatively small private money lender, but we are big on the customer experience. Regardless of your loan amount, you will always be treated with respect and courtesy by every member of our team. It is a sincere goal of ours to provide you with the fastest and best mortgage transaction that you have ever experienced. In many cases, we can fund a private money loan to a trust or estate in as little as 7 days. Please view some of our recent customer testimonials located here.
As you may be aware, in some situations California Proposition 58 grants residents the ability to transfer Real Estate along with a Proposition 13 protected property tax base from a parent to child. Sometimes in order to qualify for this exclusion against reassessment of property taxes, the beneficiary or heir may require a private money bridge loan or hard money loan. When it comes to Trust & Estate Bridge Loans and Third Party Private Money Loans to Trusts and Estates, experience with these types of loans is critical. The truth is that most California hard money lenders either never or rarely lend money to a trust or estate for Proposition 58 tax benefit purposes. If the financing is not conducted properly, the County Tax Assessors office is likely to reject the borrowers requests for a property tax reassessment exclusion. Even a small mistake could mean missing out on possibly thousands of dollars annually in property tax savings. At Commercial Loan Corporation, we specializes in providing short term financing and bridge loans to help our clients obtain Proposition 58 property tax reassessment exclusions. Every member of the Commercial Loan Corporation team has at least 15 years of mortgage experience and combined, our team has over 90 years of mortgage experience.
Commercial Loan Corporation Will Make You Look Like A Hero
At Commercial Loan Corporation, we believe that one of our jobs is to make our business partners look good! When you save your clients thousands of dollars in property taxes each year, simply by recommending a Commercial Loan Corporation Trust or Estate Loan, you are going to look like a Superhero!
Commercial Loan Corporation specializes in making 3rd party loans to trusts and estates. These trust and estate loans allow acquiring beneficiaries and heirs to qualify for an EXCLUSION FOR REASSESSMENT OF PROPERTY TAXES granted by California Proposition 58. When a trust or estate does not have sufficient liquid assets to make an even distribution, you can show your clients how a 3rd party loan will allow them to retain their parents low Proposition 13 property tax base. The process is typically both faster and less expensive than having a client sell their home. In fact, we can often times fund a third party trust or estate loan in as little as 7-10 days. We specialize in these transactions, we are here to serve you and we charge absolutely no prepayment penalties.
Do you currently have any clients that may be able to benefit from one of our loans or have any questions I may be able to answer? If so, please call us or pass on our information to your client. We can be reached at 877-464-1066!
What is California Proposition 58 and how may it benefit you?
On November 6, 1986, California Proposition 58 became effective. Proposition 58, with certain limitations, permits the exclusion for reassessment of property taxes on real estate transfers between parents and children. California Proposition 58 is codified by section 63.1 of the California Revenue and Taxation Code. In the State of California, real estate or real property is reassessed at market value if it is sold or transferred. Property taxes can sometimes increase dramatically as a result of a property tax reassessment. Per Prop 58, if the sale or transfer is between a parent and their child, under limited circumstances, the property will not be reassessed, providing certain conditions are met and the proper application is filed in an appropriate amount of time. California 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, as opposed to the current market value.
It is important to be aware that there are some limitations to California Proposition 58. For instance, on non primary residences transfers are limited to the first $1 million of real property. The $1 million exclusion applies separately to each eligible transferor. These transfers may be the result of a sale, gift, or inheritance. A transfer via a trust also qualifies for this property tax reassessment exclusion. Additionally, for Proposition 58 there are limitations for who is eligible to receive these tax benefits. Here are the existing guidelines for Prop 58 relationship eligibility: A “child” for purposes of Proposition 58 includes any child born of the parent(s), any stepchild while the relationship of stepparent and stepchild exists, any son-in-law or daughter-in-law of the parent(s), and any adopted child who was adopted before the age of 18. Spouses of eligible children are also eligible until divorce or, if terminated by death, until the remarriage of the surviving spouse, stepparent, or parent-in-law. For California Proposition 193, an eligible “grandchild” is any child of parent(s) who qualify as child(ren) of the grandparents as of the date of transfer.
There are additional factors that are important to consider when it comes to California Proposition 58 eligibility. For instance, the acquiring beneficiary can’t lend money to the trust when funds are needed to make an even distribution of the trust. The reason why is that the Board of Equalization views this act as a child buying out another child as opposed to a parent to child transfer. The child would no longer be eligible for the exclusion of property tax reassessment because the exclusion for reassessment requires a transfer be from parent to child. Often times the only solution in this situation is for the trust to take out a mortgage on real estate located in the trust to supply the trust with the cash needed to make an even distribution. This is not as simple as it sounds. The acquiring beneficiary does not own the property because the real estate is held in the trust. Almost all conventional lenders are opposed to lending to trusts. They will typically ask the trustee to put the title in the name of the acquiring beneficiary before funding their loan. If this is done before the even distribution of the trust, the exclusion for reassessment will usually be denied. Commercial Loan Corporation can help in this situation. Commercial Loan Corporation is one of just a handful of California Lenders who are willing to provide loans to trusts; in fact, we specialize in it.
What separates Commercial Loan Corporation from other Private Money Trust Mortgage Lenders is that our Trust Loans are specifically designed with our clients needs in mind. Our trust and estate mortgages enable our clients to take advantage of the Proposition 58 property tax benefits while at the same time avoiding steep pre-payment fees and interest rate expenses charged by many of our competitors. Commercial Loan Corporation charges no pre-payment penalties or specified required months interest prior to loan payoff. Additionally, we permit our clients to pay down their mortgage and will recalculate their mortgage payment for them based on the outstanding mortgage balance. This benefit alone can save our clients potentially thousands of dollars in interest.