Q & A Saturday – How Do I Sell a House in Probate?

Welcome to our Q & A Saturday video.

In these Q & A Videos we will answer your questions about real estate.  Any real estate related topic from questions about selling your house, buying a house, real estate investor questions, land lording questions, local market questions and many others things are all fair game. 

Today’s question is “How Do I Sell a House in Probate?

What is Probate? - Selling your Massachusetts House in Probate

In this video Shaun discusses some of the basics of probate and how to sell a house in probate.


Some of the main points covered in this video are:

1)      What is probate

2)      What are some of the basic duties of the Personal Representative

3)      Formal and informal probates in Massachusetts

4)      Selling real estate that is in probate

5)      What is a “License to Sell” and when do you need one   


When someone passes away it is a very tough time for the family they leave behind.  There are of course the sad feelings of loss and remorse for losing your loved one, but there are also the pressures of dealing with their affairs.  After the immediate obligations of the funeral arrangements there are the longer term issues of finalizing their estate.  The probate process can be daunting and not something most people want to deal with.  The process can be broken down and doesn’t have to be that difficult but can have some hang-ups.  Check out some of the resources listed below and talk to a local probate attorney to help guide you through the process.

Do you need to sell a Massachusetts house in probate?  If you would like to sell your home fast and hassle free schedule a consultation with us today.


Hope you enjoyed the video and leave any other questions you have about the topic below or any other topics you would like to see covered in future videos.  I encourage anyone that has things they would like to talk about to let me know what they are.  You can always fill out a contact us form here and put Q & A in the subject, just leave a comment with your questions below here, send an email to info@masshomesale.com, or post it on our Facebook page or Twitter account.


Resources mentioned in the video and some other useful resources and good articles:

–          Our guest article about Demystifiying The Probate Process 

–          Our article about the Advantages of Selling a House As Is

–          Links to relevant laws and forms for MA Probates

–          MGL 190B the Universal Probate Code (clear you schedule and put on a pot of coffee! 🙂 )

–          MA License To Sell form

–          Good NOLO article on the basics of MA Probate




(Image Credit: What is Probate via Probate Solicitors UK)



  1. How to BUY a house in probate?

  2. Hi Jim,

    Thanks for reading/watching and commenting.

    The process is fairly straight forward, in practice things may not be that easy.
    But once you find the property that was left by the deceased you talk with the executor/personal representative and negotiate the the contract and once a price has been set the executor/PR petitions for a license to sell the real estate.

    Now that sounds simple but that doesn’t mean that it is easy…

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