Who we are, who we serve and why are we the best choice for attorneys, fiduciaries, trustees and family members involved in an estate sale.
Jackie Steiner and Mimi Scherber understand and embrace the fact that each probate case is unique and requires thoughtful, professional assessment to ensure the probate process is efficiently managed while working with the legal counsel, the fiduciary, the trustee and of course the family of the deceased loved one. The real estate transactional component is quite different from a “normal” real estate transaction and requires extensive expertise, precise timing and open and honest communication with all those involved. Steiner- Scherber Real Estate Team has probate court experience in the following counties to date: Sacramento, Yolo, El Dorado, Placer, Mendocino, San Juaquin, and most recently, Solano County.
Steiner Scherber Team has established itself as a leader in probate/estate real estate in the Greater Sacramento Area. We are both certified by the California Association of Realtors® as Probate and Estate Sale Specialists. Not only are we rich in knowledge of the contractual side of the sale, we have courtroom experience in both Protest of Proposed Action cases, which, many times will require court appearance and the swearing in process to validate the transactional process of the sale. We have also been involved in the”over-bidding” situations that occur when a transaction requires court confirmation of sale with limited authority.
We are a full-service team that knows how to delicately handle complicated and sometimes extreme situations that arise in a Probate situation. Our goal is to completely satisfy the needs of not only our clients, but also legal counsel and court appointed representatives. We look forward to working with you.
ESTATE SALES - IT'S DIFFERENT
Pretend this is you... suddenly you're alone and responsible for administering the estate and selling the house in your loved one's estate. You've not done this before - it's not something that you've trained for. Who would? So, now you have grief coupled with responsibility. You think, where do I begin? Who can help? Who has done this for other people? You know that you need someone with experience. I'm just like you. When I'm faced with unusual, unexpected or hard challenges, I reach out to those with experience to help me. But both you and I probably want more than that. Whether we say it or not, we want someone with empathy - someone who can identify with us - someone who talks like a human being and doesn't treat us like a number. That's one of the reasons that I love to work with family members in trust and estate matters. I get in and I'm experienced and trained in it. Other realtors often refer me their estate business. But, all that matters for nothing if I don't care for the real needs of my client. An estate trustee, heir or beneficiary has enough going on without wondering whether the property that they need to sell is being handled by an experienced professional. If I'm going to surgery, I don't want to go to someone that just got out of medical school or doing their first procedure.
So, how does experience count in estate sales? Well, they are different. Over the last few years I've handled issues like property management while the property is being prepared for sale, sometimes contentious tenants (even some related parties who won't leave the house intended to be sold), estate bidding that far exceeded our expectations and out of state trustees who relied on me to be their ears and eyes here in the Sacramento area.
There's more to estate sales that cleaning out a home and readying it for sale. Homes contain rich and moving memories of family life. This must be respected. Family members need to decide how heirlooms and personal property is to be distributed. This process may take patience as we deal with family emotions and memories.
If you find yourself with the unexpected responsibility of selling your loved one's home or real estate properties, you will want someone who is experienced, trusted and respectful in accomplishing what needs to be done. Should you desire further information on how the process is conducted, please contact me at 916.591.1376.
THE TITLE COMPANY'S ROLE
Each transaction in a probate or estate/trustee sale will have different requirements, but here the most needed in Escrow:
- If there is a loan to be paid off on the property, the mortgage lender name, loan account number and social security number associated with the loan. If a reverse mortgage company is involved or if a loan is in default, the payoff demand may take weeks to receive.
- Social Security numbers for all parties (even if deceased) to clear possible liens with persons of same or similar names. The title company will run names for IRS, State, Child Support, etc. -- these are done securely and will not reflect on the preliminary title report unless absolutely sure they are same party for security reasons.
- If vesting in a Trust, the sale proceeds must be payable to the Trust name only. A bank account should be previously set up for this purpose.
- Trust Tax ID number
- Original Death Certificate
- Do not throw out any paperwork from the past... sometimes there are old loans that have not been cleared on county records.
- A Power of Attorney CANNOT be used to sign on behalf of a Trust for selling the home. The Trust must be set up to indicate who can sign if there is a death or the Trustor is incapacitated.
- Court certified/stamped Order for a probate sale is needed to record sale.
- We, at times, find a property that heirs thought was included in the trust, but never recorded with the county. Attorney can approach the courts to obtain a Hegestead Court Order to transfer from the individual to the Trust. This takes time and should be done before Escrow is opened.
Again, each transaction is different, so it is best to obtain a title search as soon as possible.
WHAT IS A PROBATE SALE?
Assuming there is no living trust, standard probate procedure is necessary to administer and estate. Many estates own real property which should or is required to be sold by the executor or administrator. Assuming the Will is subject to the independent Administration of states Act ("IAEA')by its terms, the procedure is simplified, but if it is not, or if the executor elects, the procedure for overbidding the offered price in court is required.