My sympathies for the loss of your parents.
Unfortunately probate is required when the property exceeds $40,000
This explains the process for when there is real estate:
Basically one needs to petition the court, and the court will issue Letters Testamentary allowing the representative to act in all legal matters regarding the decedent's property. This person may sell the home and then distribute the proceeds according to the estate plan.
Here is a very comprehensive guide:
This also allows the title on the home to be marketable, as if one does not go through probate most third parties will not purchase the home due to title concerns.
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