How do I sell my house, if I've only lived in it for less than a year?

Asked by Porter, Lantana, TX Tue Apr 21, 2009

We relocated to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area from the east coast. Life is not working out as we planned, and we want to sell our house and move back east. If I am able to sell, what type of penalties/ taxes will I be liable for?

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Jay Myers, Agent, Flower Mound, TX
Tue Apr 21, 2009
Hello Porter,

Sorry to hear things are not working out here as hoped, I admit I have only been here 2½ years, and it was a lot different here than in Central Florida.

Bruce has really covered all the major issues you could face by selling so soon after purchasing. I would like to add one other thing you may consider. Lantana has a very good rental demand, and good occupancy ratio. I myself am not a fan of renting out what was a primary residence, but drastic conditions can call for drastic measures. Many times you can pad the rent amount enough to cover a mortgage, plus get security deposits for pets, or if it has a pool.

Which ever route you choose good luck, and feel free to contact me with any questions, or concerns.
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Bruce Lynn, Agent, Coppell, TX
Tue Apr 21, 2009

You may have a prepayment penalty on your home loan. You will need to check with your lender about this.

You could have some capital gains depending on what you do with the money, although my guess is you will likely have a capital loss, unless there is something very unusual with your purchase/sale. You will have to ask your tax advisor how you can perhaps account for that loss for any tax savings.

If you are in Lantana, also remember you have the deed restriction that I believe costs you 1/2% of your sales price to go to the educational foundation.

If you don't escrow your taxes or have not escrowed enough you could also be liable for some property taxes. This can be an issue if you purchased a new home.
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