As property values around the country continue to recover, many families now list their primary residence and vacation homes among their most valuable assets, according to As a result, these homes may be excellent candidates for estate planning techniques.

One of the more straightforward of these techniques is the use of a Qualified Personal Residence Trust or QPRT. Gifting a primary residence or a second home to a QPRT is a clear-cut way in which grantors can significantly reduce the value of their taxable estate, with minimal disruption to their daily lives, and ultimately pass more assets along to their heirs.

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Posted by Lewis J. Saret, Co-General Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal.