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My husband and I are trying to move my dad into our home

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Hello, my husband and I are trying to move my dad into our home after we build our new home. Because we are wanting to build and non-traditional type home (a barndominimum) we are not able to get a traditional construction loan that rolls into a mortgage. Our plan is to have my dad loan us the money (via a home equity loan) to build, then he moves into our home and takes over our current mortgage and we pay him loan payments. Please see below..we are needing help to meet our objectives and are unsure what documentation we will need to meet them!
Situation overview:
- Bri/Ryan purchased home (“Old Home”) in Jan 2016 for $150k then did a $65k renovation, $125k mortgage
- Bri/Ryan would like to build a new home (“New Home”) on their nearby land for ~$200k
- Dad owns home worth $200-240k in Houston (“Dad Home”), no mortgage
- Minimize taxes, fees, closing costs, etc.
- Use equity in Dad Home to partially fund Bri/Ryan New Home construction costs
- Once Bri/Ryan New Home complete, Bri/Ryan move in and Dad moves Old Home
- Dad sells Dad Home to repay equity line-of-credit
Possible Strategy:
- Dad takes out home equity line on Dad Home for $180k
- Dad loans $180k to Bri/Ryan to fund construction costs of New Home
- Once complete and all parties are moved into respective homes
- Dad pays rent to Bri/Ryan
- Bri/Ryan make loan payments to Dad
- Bri/Ryan make loan payments on Old Home
- Dad sells Dad Home to repay equity line of credit
- Considerations: Bri/Ryan would be taxed on rental income which could be partially offset by mortgage interest; Dad would incur interest income from repayment of loan by Bri/Ryan
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Mark Taylor replied 2 months ago.

Hi, my name is Mark. I will be happy to help you. The sale of your father's home in Houston would be tax free assuming that your father lived their for at least 2 of the past 5 years. Your analysis of the possible strategy appears correct. You would need to prepare a promissory note between you and your father regarding payment terms and an arm's length interest rate. The mortgage interest would be a rental expense to you and interest income to your father. The rental payments would be rental income to you. You would be able to depreciate the property that your father is living in.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Hi Mark, thank you so much for the response. Is the promissory note something we can draw up and keep in our files or is it something we would need to have a lawyer draw up and keep on record with them?
Expert:  Mark Taylor replied 2 months ago.

The promissory not is something that you could draft.

Expert:  Mark Taylor replied 2 months ago.

The capital gain at the federal level would be 15%. What state is the property in?

Expert:  Mark Taylor replied 2 months ago.

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