University of Virginia Giving

Real Estate

Real estate can be contributed as an outright gift or to finance a planned gift, such as a charitable trust. Available options include a retained life estate, which allows the donor to continue to use the property for a certain number of years or for the donor’s lifetime. Other arrangements offer special tax advantages and lifetime income.

Gifts of real estate, such as undeveloped land, a residence, a vacation home, a farm, or commercial property, should be arranged through the Office of Gift Planning and made through the University Real Estate Foundation. The University requires the donor to bear certain costs when making a real estate gift, such as an appraisal to determine the fair market value. Also, the University deducts transaction costs from the proceeds of the sale of the property, including the closing costs, title insurance, a survey (if needed), and any taxes due before the gift is completed.

For more information, consult the Office of Gift Planning at 1-800-688-9882 or
giftplanning@virginia.edu