With such a large percentage of sales occurring due to divorce, we get our fair share of experiences. It’s safe to say that in a lot of cases it’s amicable between parties as they share the common goal to move on with life, though every now and then you come across a deal filled with spite and anger. These are the ones that must be navigated carefully so the sellers don’t get in the way of missing out on a stellar result.
Each case is different, it is circumstantial and totally dependant on who is involved in the sale. If a divorce is mutual and people aren’t at each other’s throats, then usually we all find common grounds to accept an offer. In other cases, things are a little more complex and on party may disagree with every decision, just for the sake of disagreeing. To transition smoothly through these situations, it takes an agent with plenty of patience and empathy. The worst thing an agent can do in divorce cases, is take a side. Once they choose a side, you can nearly lose the whole deal, it doesn’t matter how much money is being offered. At the end of the day, the outside party will always use their power out of pride and stubbornness.
This is such a big transaction, it’s the beginning of a whole new life and can set you up for the future. Even if you aren’t seeing eye to eye, even if you’ve been dealt the worst hand and your circumstance doesn’t allow you to remain amicable, you must try. For the sake of getting the best out of the market, you need to clear your mind from competing against the ex, you have to both think about what is best for yourselves. With a clear mind, you will be able to make sound decisions, from choosing your agent all the way through to accepting the highest offer achievable. By doing this you won’t leave any money on the table, you’ll avoid going through a bad selling experience and you will be able to move forward with your life with a few bucks in your pocket.
The following advice is of a general nature and intended as an opinion and broad guide. For all legal, financial or real estate advice you should obtain independent professional advice to do with the specific nature of your circumstances before making any legal, financial or real estate decisions.