The story of Roy & The strategies he used to plan for retirement
We recently had the pleasure of assisting Roy Tatum, who came to us with several personal goals that he wanted to achieve. Like most people, Roy had the personal goal to retire when he turned 60. We gladly accepted the chance to assist Roy in this matter.
Roy presented us with a very unique situation. At the age of 49, Roy inherited property that had been left to him in his parent’s will. In Roy’s situation, the property he inherited sat in probate for three years. Here at Akin Developers’, we understand that every estate plan is unique because needs like Roy’s need to be tailored to you and your family’s specific needs.
What To Plan For When Considering Assets For Retirement
When creating or updating your plan, consider following this seven-point checklist:
1. Consider your personal goals and those of your spouse so in Roy’s situation, he would like to retire at 60. What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?
2. Estimate the size of your estate for tax purposes, and available assets to fund bequests.
3. Consult a financial professional to help you create a net worth statement and a list of financial assets, including:
- Pension or 401(k) plans
- Life insurance policies
- Stocks, bonds, mutual funds
- Savings and checking accounts
4. Check into available services through your employer: will preparation, legal services, or estate planning resources.
5. Consider significant life changes such as a divorce, marriage, birth or adoption of a child, and death of a close family member.
6. Learn more about special estate planning considerations if you have a child with special needs.
7. Investigate changes to estate tax laws with the help of a tax advisor — both state and federal. Laws are constantly changing and it’s best to keep abreast with all the changes that are being implemented.
Real Estate Retirement Planning:
The following are just the tip of the Estate planning Iceberg:
How Akin Pulled Roy From Probate
Roy wanted to meet his goal and we offered him another opportunity to make this possible and also wanted to solve his problem with having a home sitting in Probate. We presented the idea of selling a home to an investor. A home in Probate benefits the Investor and an appealing characteristic. Selling your home to an investor offers a Seller numerous benefits and make reaching your goals simpler.
The Benefits Of Selling Your Probate Property To An Investor In The D.C- Baltimore Area
The first benefit is that the seller of the home can get cash faster. When your house is on the market you have to wait for offers to come and negotiations to take place. This exhausting process can take days, weeks, or even months. For the investor that is buying, the home can be sold below market value. The seller is more than likely just wanting to be rid of the home.
With investors, an offer is typically made within 24 hours. They visit your property, assess what they think it’s worth, and make you an offer. Investors pay cash with no hidden costs.
In like many situations, there are always those pesky hidden fees that come about. By selling to an Investor, a Seller can say goodbye to hidden fees. Realtor fees can be five to six percent while accumulating additional costs for staging your home and taking professional photos.
If you’re looking to get cash fast, then odds are you don’t want to spend unnecessary funds trying to sell your house. Getting you immediate liquidity is why investors play such an integral role in saving you money. They eliminate the need to hire a realtor, removing commission fees, so your money stays in the bank, where it belongs.
The next benefit to selling to an investor is that: more likely than not, your home is not nearly perfect so, with having an investor taking over your property, you can sell your house in its present condition.
If you’ve ever sold a house through a realtor, you know how stressful a home inspection can be. Buyers will look to nickel and dime you, asking that every imperfection be corrected before they will close on a property. This costly endeavor takes time, further delaying the sale of your home. Investors buy your house in “as is” condition. There’s no need to make costly repairs for a home you’re only going to vacate.
In this day and age, location is everything and an investor can alleviate the added headache that comes with worrying about having an “unmarketable” home because of its location. For example, you may have the best house on the block, but if your neighborhood is in a less than ideal location, your granite countertops won’t matter and the location will still bring down the overall value of the home. If you’re close to major highways, you may find yourself with a house that won’t sell. The location alone can deter prospective buyers, causing your property to sit on the market.
The longer a house sits on the market, the less attractive it becomes. The beauty of investors is that they purchase homes in all areas, regardless of location.
Finally, selling to an Investor can present you with a quick turnaround on closing. In the majority of cases, closing on a home can be months away on the calendar. Since investors eliminate realtors, there is significantly less paperwork to track and organize. You may even be able to close on your house (and claim your equity) within a week! The speed is because of the elimination of realtors and their lengthy paperwork. Investors, however, allow you to sell your house and move forward with your life, all within a speedy time frame.
What Roy’s Probate Problem’s Means For You
When you think about the allocations of your assets and property, keep Roy in mind and use him as a learning tool. If the future of your estate hasn’t been pre-planned and you’re stuck in probate, then seek out the advice of the best real estate investor in your area. Best of luck & we hope to be a source of education for people in any location, so check back often. Wherever you are in life, let Akin Developers help you make the steps in planning your future. No matter the questions of us, we have the answers for you.