The phone call began....."My attorney said that I could list with you now....or after the Judge told me to...." said the post divorce caller.
People getting divorced are not unlike any other Sellers...they want the highest and best offer for their homes. Sometimes their idea of "highest and best" and the market's are not quite the same....again...the same as many other Sellers.
Sometimes in our divorce niche...we are not the first Realtors....the couple has listened to their friend, cousin, neighbor who is the Realltor who told them what they wanted to hear for a price...and the house didn't sell. Sometimes it's upside down....and sometimes right side up...the "start over money" was just not enough at the market price ...so they decided to dictate one.Unfortunately, there are tooooo many Realtors who do just that. The claim....we don't buy...is that the agent was only doing "what the Seller wanted"...uh huh. That is the "out" for over pricing being a violation of the code of ethics.
The caller went on to explain that her now ex spouse "didn't like the former Realtor". Of course not....she could not sell the house for a price that the market would not buy....and under delivered her over promsed price.
We went to the house to give our accurate valuation. A few minor adjustments we suggested to better the appearance and make it market ready....and oh yes...about that price...it's 25% OVER what the market will pay....and gave the ex spouse the comparisons and rationale. Now, the caller and the ex are on the same side of the table...neither one likes what we had to say about the price. Sooo...they will continue to pay taxes and utilities...clear the sidewalks of the snowfalls....and not live happily ever after...Until...
"The Judge tells you to list with the Hansons."
We have earned the respect of the judiciary throughout nine counties in southeastern Wisconsin by being the Realtors who tell the truth.
We always say....we may not be the first Realtors to list a home....we are the Last....we will get it sold.
If you or anyone you know is looking to sell a home in southeastern Wisconsin, call the Hansons, we are honored to be of service.