Here’s why you shouldn’t simply transfer your house to your kids.

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I work with a lot of retirees, and one of the questions that I often get is: “Should I transfer my home to my kids’ names?”

 

 

   
The best thing you can do is put the house in a living trust.
  

 

 

The short answer is probably not. Let's say you purchased a property for $300,000, and it appreciates to $500,000. If you put the house in your kids’ names, they then become responsible for the taxes on the $200,000 of profit. Instead, the best thing you can do is put the house in a living trust, so when you pass away, they will inherit the property with no probate. They will also receive a step-up in cost basis, which allows them to receive the property tax-free.

 

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