Undivided 50% interest in Property. What are the options?

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I found a great house for sale listed as a probate sale but only offering an undivided 50% interest in the property. The other undivided 50% interest is NOT offered for Sale. No financing contingencies.

What exactly is being offered here and what type of buyer would be interested?

Just what you think.

Buyer receives 50% undivided interest, presumably insured title. 

There is a limited market for a piece of a property because few cash buyers want to tie their capital up in such a property.

A homeowner  (buyer/user) has so many other choices and would be legally required to "share" possession with a stranger. Obviously, that's not practical. 

From an investor point of view, cash buyer would tie up capital for an extended period of time while they deal with their 'involuntary partner' co-owner. To me, the obvious exit plan is to put pressure in the co-owner to buy you out by making co-ownership untenable. Since they are like not flush with cash to buy you out, you'd need to be prepared for a long wait convincing the city-owner to qualify for and obtain conventional cash-out financing to buy you out at a profit or you would accept a note and TD (internal seller financing).

We're you to become the co-owner, you could post a new thread about how to force a partition action. 

In common terms, they are selling "one-half" of a house; the technical title is "50% interest, as tenants in common".  In most cases, if the buyer is not a family member or spouse, he would file a suit for partition, wherein the court forces the property to be sold, and the proceeds divided 50/50.  The ideal buyer, other than a family member, is an experienced, aggressive investor.   Given the opportunity, with the right house, at the right price, this is how I would do it.

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