Specialists in the sale of homes subject to probate


As a team of experienced real estate professionals in Santa Barbara, we understand that selling a home in probate can be a challenging process. When someone passes away, their property may need to be sold as part of the probate process, and navigating the legal requirements can be overwhelming for those who are not familiar with the process. That's where we come in. The Locale Group at Compass has extensive experience with probate sales in California, and we can provide the guidance and support you need to successfully sell your probate property.
First, let's start with an explanation of what probate is. Probate is a legal process that occurs after someone passes away. During probate, the court will determine the validity of the deceased person's will, appoint an executor or administrator to manage the estate, and distribute the assets according to the terms of the will or state law if there is no will. If the deceased person owned real estate, the property will likely need to be sold as part of the probate process.


The process for selling a home in probate in California can be complex, but our team has the expertise to guide you through each step. Here's what the process typically looks like:

  • Hire an attorney: The first step is to hire an attorney who specializes in probate law. The attorney will guide you through the process and handle all of the legal paperwork.
  • Obtain court approval: Before the property can be sold, the court must approve the sale. The executor or administrator of the estate must file a petition with the court to get approval for the sale.
  • Appraise the property: The next step is to get the property appraised by a licensed appraiser. The appraiser will determine the fair market value of the property.
  • Market the property: Once the property is appraised, it can be listed for sale. Our team can help you develop a marketing strategy that targets buyers who are looking for probate properties.
  • Receive offers: When offers are received, they must be presented to the court for approval. The court will review the offers and determine whether they are fair and reasonable.
  • Accept an offer: Once the court approves an offer, the sale can proceed. Our team will work with the buyer to complete the sale.

As real estate professionals with expertise in probate sales, we can provide valuable assistance to those who need to sell a home in probate. 

Here Are Some Ways the Locale Group at Compass Can Help:

Our team has strong experience with probate sales in California, and we're here to help you navigate the process with ease. Whether you're an executor or administrator of an estate or a beneficiary looking to sell a probate property, when you work with the Locale Group at Compass, you can trust we'll handle every aspect of the probate sale with professionalism, efficiency, and care, keeping you informed throughout the process and answering any questions you may have along the way. Our goal is to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible for you, so you can focus on moving forward. 

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