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June 2014

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How to Lease-Option the Sale of Your Home or Investment House



My home has been on the market for about six months. I have had no serious offers.


I do have one interested person who wants to know if I will give him a two-year lease with an option to buy. I’m still looking into this, but before I commit to anything, can you let me know if there are tax issues I need to worry about?




You don’t need to worry.


In the right circumstances, a lease-option could work very well for you because it gives you three sources of income:



Income from the granting of the option


Income from the rent


Income from the sale of the home (if the optionee-tenant decides to exercise the option to buy)


This makes your tax situation juicier than a traditional sale, because each type of income has a different tax treatment.


How the Option Works


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