All in the Family - Why It's the Right Time to Help Your Child Buy a Home

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

Many areas of the country are experiencing buyers markets, and current tax laws make this a very attractive time for parents to help their children become homeowners. Prices and interest rates may never be lower than they are now, so that's why your Miami real estate specialists at Team Morgan suggest you strongly consider making this potential investment in your children's future. 

As parents, you can provide a significant down payment, free of taxation. Individuals may gift up to $13,000 per year, so two parents making gifts to their child and spouse can give a total of $52,000 on one year without paying gift tax! 

Above and beyond the outright gift, you may loan your family money, as long as you charge a minimum interest rate, which is currently very low. Then you can make your gifts each year, and your child's family can use the gifts to pay the loan! 

If neither of these options is attractive, you could purchase the home yourself and then set up a Qualified Personal Residence Trust (QPRT), with the home passing to the children at the end of an established term, tax free. You will need to consult with your financial advisor and employ an attorney to handle this kind of transaction. 

Begin by meeting with a real estate agent and explaining your situation. Contrary to what you may have been hearing, there is practically no better investment today than real estate. 

We want to take this time to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

Team Morgan

Coldwell Banker

"For Every Move You Make"

Whether you want to buy or sell a home in Miami, Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest, South Miami, Coral Gables or Cutler Bay, you can depend on the Morgan team of realtors to assist you every step of the way during your real estate transaction.

 

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Nice post...if we can, it's always a good idea to pass it along to family members.

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