The benefits and responsibilities of real estate ownership

Owning real estate has many benefits. Appreciation is perhaps the most desirable of them from a financial perspective. Over time, however, the benefit of appreciation can be overshadowed by the responsibilities of real estate ownership. A personal residence can become too large as children go off to college; a vacation home requires costly upkeep and may be used less frequently; investment properties can become burdensome to maintain and manage. Selling is always an option, but an often overlooked option, with considerable financial benefits, is giving the property to Episcopal High School.

Selling a property owned for many years can result in excessive taxes. This is particularly the case for vacation homes and investment properties. A significant portion of the sale proceeds may be lost to taxes.

Giving to Episcopal High School and saving taxes

There is an alternative to selling and paying taxes! Make a gift of your real estate to benefit Episcopal High School instead and save taxes, and, if you wish, create a new stream of income. When you give a property either directly to Episcopal High School or to a charitable remainder trust that will ultimately benefit EHS, your tax and financial benefits are likely to be considerable.

Ways You Can Give Real Estate

An Outright Gift - Give your real estate directly to Episcopal High School. While EHS will need to determine if the property is suitable for it to accept the transfer itself requires little more than a deed. You will receive an income tax charitable deduction for the fair market value of your gift and escape all taxes on the capital gains.

A Gift in Your Will or Revocable Living Trust - If you wish to retain control of your property during your lifetime but desire to make a gift to benefit Episcopal High School after your passing, a provision in your will or revocable trust can give the real estate to EHS from your estate. Should your needs change, you will have the ability to revoke the gift.

A Gift in Exchange for Income - If you wish to give your property to Episcopal High School, but are looking to create an income stream or replace lost rental income, you can transfer the property into a tax-exempt charitable remainder trust. You will receive an income tax charitable deduction for a portion of the fair market value of the property. The trust will sell the property and no taxes will be due. All the proceeds from sale will be invested. You and/or others you designate in the trust agreement will receive payments for life. When the trust terminates, the remaining trust assets will go to benefit Episcopal High School.

A Gift of Some But Not All - You can give a percentage interest in your property to Episcopal High School and keep the remaining interest. This will result in an income tax charitable deduction for the fair market value of the interest you give to Episcopal High School. It is possible for both EHS and you to join together to sell the property, with both you and Episcopal High School receiving cash proceeds. You can use your charitable deduction to offset capital gain taxes from the sale of the interest you retained. You can also give a percentage interest in your property to a charitable remainder trust, which will generate an income stream for you and loved ones once the property is sold.