New Rules Shine a Light on Cash Deals in Real Estate

Lisa Mailhot  |  April 11, 2024


New Rules Shine a Light on Cash Deals in Real Estate


The U.S. government is tightening regulations to combat money laundering in residential real estate transactions. The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has proposed new rules requiring real estate professionals to report ownership information for non-financed cash sales of residential properties.

Under the proposed regulations, businesses involved in real estate closings or settlements must collect and report specific information to FinCEN within 30 days of the closing date. This includes details about the legal entity or trust acquiring the property, the beneficial owners of that entity or trust, and information about the property and transaction itself.

The reporting requirement would apply to non-financed sales of residential properties, including townhouses, single-family houses, condominiums, cooperatives, and small apartment buildings. It would encompass transactions involving legal entities, trusts, and shell companies, regardless of the purchase price or whether consideration is exchanged.


Certain exemptions would apply, primarily for entities already subject to existing reporting obligations, such as financial institutions, securities issuers, and insurance companies.

The proposed rules aim to close the gap in reporting requirements for non-financed cash transactions, which FinCEN has identified as a critical vulnerability in the real estate market. The measures are designed to enhance transparency and accountability, safeguarding the market's integrity and deterring the exploitation of real estate for money laundering and concealment of illicit gains.

Bottom Line

 If you're considering buying or selling a residential property in Orange County, staying informed about the evolving regulatory landscape is essential. 

Let's connect, and I'll guide you through the process, ensuring a smooth and compliant transaction while navigating these new ownership reporting requirements.



Reference: “New Ownership Reporting Rules Target Cash Sales Of Residential Real Estate” by Kelly Phillips Erb. Published on April 9, 2024.

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