Front diagonal view of Mission House

Legacy Giving

Real Estate—Bargain Sale

Bargain Sale of Real Estate Diagram

How It Works

  1. You sell property to The Trustees for less than its fair-market value—usually what you paid for it
  2. The Trustees pays you cash for agreed sale price, and you receive an income-tax deduction
  3. The Trustees may use or sell the property


  • You receive cash from sale of property (sale price is often the original cost basis)
  • You receive a federal income-tax deduction for the difference between the sale price and the fair-market value of the property
  • The Trustees receives a valuable piece of property that we may sell or use to further our mission

More Information

Contact Us

Julie Lazarus
Senior Planned Giving Officer


The Trustees of Reservations
200 High Street, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02110


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