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Making the Decision to Sell

Dear Monica: We are trying to decide whether to sell our home for many years or to sell and move to a smaller home. What are the pros and cons of this decision? Patricia C.

Dear Patricia: This is not an easy decision but it starts with you. If it is a burden managing the maintenance of your home, you should consider moving to a smaller one. If you do move from a property you have owned for many years, you will have capital gains to pay, which can be substantial. On the plus side, however, because of the recently passed Proposition 19, you can move to another residence anywhere in California and carry your present property tax with you. This will at least keep some of your expenses the same.

Whatever you decide to do, you have the benefit of having an asset that has probably served you well and will help you in the future.

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