With mortgage rates at historic lows, we have been getting asked this question quite a bit: “Can we refinance our house that’s titled in the name of our trust?” The answer is: Absolutely! Contact your estate planning attorney if are not sure how your house is titled.
By all means, apply for the new loan. The bank will conduct a title search and see that the house is titled in the name of your trust. Many banks are okay with this and will give you the loan just as if the house was in your individual name or joint names with your spouse.
Other banks don’t fully understand the workings of a Revocable Living Trust or are skittish for some other reason. Don’t let that stop you, if that bank has the best rate and other terms. Simply transfer the house out of the trust to your joint names and then transfer it back into the name of your trust after the new loan is in place. Your estate planning attorney can draft and file the deeds for you. Be sure that the house goes back into the Trust; it is worth the filing and attorney fees to stick with your original estate planning goals such as asset protection and tax savings.
Refinances are the leading reason that houses get out of proper trust title. This is simple to correct if both owners are alive and well. If there has been a disability or death of one of the owners, the transfer is doable but not as easily.
If you have any questions about how the title of your house affects refinancing or have any general trust funding questions, please feel free to contact our office. We’d be happy to chat with you. 858-792-5988.