When one door closes another will open, but it's often hell in the hallway.
Who You Hire Matters, especially in Divorce Real Estate
Divorce is as much an emotional and painful process as it is a legal one.
With the end of a marriage comes the end of the dream and the life that was built around it.
There is life after divorce, and it can be marvelous. You'll begin to heal and start building your new life.
In the middle comes mediation, negotiations, and stress. One of the biggest sources of stress can be the house. Your family home becomes a house, an asset, with emotional weight and financial equity attached.
An experienced, neutral agent can come into a hectic situation, listen for the right clues, and chart a path to a resolution. We’ve seen houses stuck in limbo for years, used as pawns in a chess game headed to stalemate. The ability to get things moving again is the prime skill of a top divorce agent.
Why Neutrality Matters
There are two sides to every story— unfortunately many divorces have enough stories to fill a library. A neutral agent, trained in how to navigate the rough waters of divorce, is able to create a path to a sold house, with maximum equity to fund your new life.
In a traditional real estate sale, the sellers come to the agent as a unified team, with a united objective. In a divorce setting, the sellers often do not trust each other, may not be allowed to be in the same room, and could be looking for ways to sabotage each other.
Divorce-trained agents remain neutral to each seller, listen, strategize, and focus on their job—selling the house.
Lawyers and Agents
Lawyers & Agents
Lawyers are trained to advocate for their clients, within the bounds of their ethics.
Divorce trained agents know how to stay in their lane.
What Is a CDRE (Certified Divorce Real Estate Expert)TM
Certified Divorce Real Estate Experts specialize in coordinating with their clients, the court, and lawyers on both sides, finding points of leverage that allow them to move transactions forward.
Focusing on their role and staying neutral, divorce agents are able to stay calm, keep perspective, and steer the process toward where it needs to go.
Consultants vs. Therapists
Divorce-trained agents are consultants. They bring focus and a special expertise to a complex situation. They aren’t therapists, there to make the divorcing parties feel better. It is not because of a lack of empathy— it’s practical. Once an agent becomes a shoulder to cry on, they lose credibility with the other side.
Agents are focused experts, not friends.
Why Not to Use Friends and Family
In most transactions, it’s natural to choose a friend or family member, or other close member of your inner-circle, to be your agent. They have built-in trust. Unfortunately, that trust can be a liability in a divorce setting. The trust is rarely equal, and neutrality is nearly impossible.
When you’re choosing an agent to work with, focus on expertise.
Would you want to be the first patient a heart surgeon practices on, having an under-experienced divorce agent can add stress to an already fiery situation. Remember, this is you money at stake.
You need someone who can stand strong, not someone who will be swept away by the chaos of a divorce. A CDRE has taken a special oath beyond the standard realtor oath and has had specific training exclusive to selling divorce real estate. They have a Special and Unique Divorce Listing process that protects all parties, the divorcing homeowners, the family law attorneys and the courts and judges.
Call or text a local CDRE today for private and secured conversation. (614) 507-5732