Date of Death Appraisal

Date of Death Valuations - Scottsdale Arizona

A Date of Death Appraisal, or Date of Death Valuation, is a type of estate appraisal that can assist with determining income/estate tax liability for the IRS and disposition of assets under a will or in probate. It is an appraisal of what the property was worth on a date in the past.

Varied situations can arise that need an appraisal of property value at a date some time ago, usually due to the death of the homeowner.

We work with estate attorneys, accountants, executors and other who need Date of Death Appraisals or Property Valuations for a date in the past.

Property Value For A Date In The Past

Real property isn't like publicly traded stock or other items because it fluctuates in value, and no historical public data is available.

Because of this, it's important to hire a real estate appraiser with expertise and experience in your local area to correctly evaluate past comparable properties and market trends to give you an accurate historical appraisal.

Date of Death Appraisal Requirements

Date of Death Appraisal requirements include:

  • Special expertise and training
  • A firm that has been in the area for some time
  • Effective research of comparable, contemporaneous sales

You need a professional real estate appraiser, bound by the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) for a high degree of confidentiality and professionalism, and you need the kind of quality report that taxing authorities and courts need.

Having a professional date of death appraisal from Master Appraisal Services gives the executor irrefutable facts and figures to work with in going forward with state and county proceedings. You don't need to stress over anything, because we will be there to back up our reports if they are ever refuted.

When Should A Date of Death Appraisal Be Done?

Determining property value at the time of death is straightforward if not too much time has passed. However, varied situations can arise that need a property appraisal for a date some time ago and it’s important to have a licensed, certified appraiser with experience in the local area. According to the IRS, an appraisal should be done within six months following the date of death. In most cases, date of death appraisals are ordered between 2-6 months after the death of an individual.

Do I Need A Date of Death Appraisal?

Yes. A date of death appraisal is commonly needed for the real estate to calculate estate tax. Even if the real estate is less than the federal estate tax exemption, the tax code is complicated and full of various exemptions and requirements. It is much more difficult and more costly to get a real estate appraisal several years after the date of passing, thus most prefer to get an appraisal on the property as soon as possible.

If a property is gifted or transferred to a new person or entity, and is not being purchased, often times a "basis" must be established in which to measure future capital gains, losses, or estate taxes. It may be important to consult with a tax professional or attorney for additional questions related to estate settlement.


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