My wife and I have the option to buy out my late mother's house from my two siblings; we currently are in the process of inheriting it jointly. They would like to sell the house to someone as soon as we can (which may take weeks to months to get ready), and it was discussed that maybe I could buy it. We will need to get an appraisal or two to get a fair market value, which, if I buy it, I will give them 2/3rds of for the house. It would be my and my wife's first house purchase. We're not sure this is the best decision anyway, but want to put out a call for more perspective from r/personalfinance.
Possible Benefits (I guess?):
- We three siblings would not need a realtor, and would save on their fees.
- They also said they would give me the lowest fair price.
- We trust them as sellers. :D
- They would be pleased to keep the house in the family.
- I and my wife are currently staying here and so would not need to move.
- I trust the house as far as I know it.
- I already am familiar with the house's pros and cons.
- It would also very likely be easiest for me to come to own a home this way, since I do very poorly with purchases with people I don't know.
- I also would be getting it for 33% off, and am not an investor (yet?) and so if I instead took my 1/3rd of the sale profits, I wouldn't be doing much with that cash anyway (although could, of course, put that toward a different home at some point).
That all said, there may be downsides that I am not aware of. The ones that I am aware of, are:
- The house may be significantly more expensive than we would normally be thinking about, by a factor of 1.5x to 4x, depending on area of the country. It is therefore expensive both in the buying price and the property taxes.
- The noise scene here is not optimal; though many places would be similar, and I am sensitive.
- The psychological associations with my mother and her illness/passing is strong for us, so it may be difficult to feel comfortable here long term (unknown). (Not a financial aspect, but I thought I'd put it in there).
- We're not "in love" with this house, though it has many benefits. We don't feel we need to be in love to buy a house, but I'm wondering how much I'd want this house if I didn't have this "greased chute to buying", and how much I should factor that in.
What other financial issues to consider?
So, are there any other considerations that I should be...considering...in this type of scenario? Anything that might be cause for rancor, difficulty, financial hardship on any of our parts, or anything else? I'm particularly interested in financial blunders that this could cause.