Are Capital Gains Taxes Keeping You From Selling Property?

Homeowners around the country are finding themselves with large amounts of equity in their homes as a result of the recent double-digit increases in real estate values, following more than a decade of growth in many areas. A common reason many are hesitant to sell is the potential capital gains taxes, but a structured installment sale could help with that.

As a financial planner in the San Francisco Bay Area, I frequently hear from clients, friends and associates around the state who are considering unlocking their trapped real estate wealth. Some are empty nesters who want to downsize. Some are done being landlords, while others are considering moving to a more affordable city or state. I also see seniors who — due to age — are looking at selling their home in order to move to an assisted-living community.