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We're completely flexible as to how this can be structured: as a loan, equity stake in the house, outright gift, etc.

I would guess an outright gift is likely the best structure - but since there is an explicit expectation that you'll pay them interest, I don't think it's a gift.

Would my friendly local CPA know about this sort of thing
I think you have 2 or 3 areas involved here.

1> Income taxes
2> Estate planning ( gift taxes)
3> Estate planning (Inheriting partial RE or the balance of your loan.)
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