Why Would a Realtor Testify in Family Court ?

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   As part of our practice devoted to  divorce, we are sometimes asked to testify in court. What are some of the reasons that our testimony might be required ?  That was the question one of the students asked that is enrolled in our judgeDREAM (Divorce Real Estate and Mentoring) course.  There are a number of reasons that this can and does happen.

     When a couple cannot agree to stay married...likely there are other issues that they will not agree on as well. One of them might well be the list price of the house that is marital property. One can always find a difference of opinion not only with spouses...but with Realtors and we are asked to support in court, the rationale for our list price.  We have no incentihouse of moneyve to price a house far below the market...and show the judge and both spouses and their attorneys the evidence we used to arrive at a list price. Our goal is to price to sell...not to sit.

     Another reason is sometimes the condition of the property,  People...sometimes both in agreement ....see their homes very differently than we do ...and those rose colored glasses keep them stuck in a less than realistic position when it comes to getting the house ready for the market.

     A third condition may be when one spouse is not able to make decisions Power of Attorneyregarding the sale of real estate and the court needs to appoint a GAL (Guardian Ad Litem) or a POA (Power of Attorney) to assist in the decision making process. Our testimony may reinforce that need to the court.

   If you or anyone you know is getting divorced in Southeastern Wisconsin OR you are a Realtor wanting to learn how to effectively serve clients in the niche of divorce in real estate, call the Hansons, we are honored to be service,


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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Sally K. & David L. Hanson ,

Your post continues to show readers you are the team that specializes in divorce cases and should be called to get fair and balanced treatment for both sides!

Jan 06, 2017 06:08 AM #1
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Wow, you do your job beyond expectations, Sally and I commend you for giving clients the honest word in real estate.

Jan 06, 2017 06:15 AM #2
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Sally K. & David L. Hanson,  I like that. Our goal is to sell not to SIT!  I tell my people I don't want to just lit your house I want to sell it!


Jan 06, 2017 06:23 AM #3
Charita Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

I had never considered that agents may have reason to testify in court.  This is definitely valuable information Hansons. Thanks so much

Jan 06, 2017 06:52 AM #4
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

You do a great job helping divorcing couples sell their house. It is a difficult job.

Jan 06, 2017 06:52 AM #5
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Sally and David... I realized that this is reality, but it's always a shame when the two parties are so far apart... I've experienced that myself with clients.

Jan 06, 2017 06:59 AM #6
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hi Sally and David -- clear and concise reasons that once again answer a question that begins with "Why?".   Nicely organized post.  

Jan 06, 2017 07:24 AM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Sally and David. The more I knowabout your work, the more I respect you.

Jan 06, 2017 07:29 AM #8
Rebecca Lewis
ODAT Realty Services, Inc - Grayson, GA

I never once thought about having to testify in court about real estate. I can now see there are some very valid reasons for it to happen. 

Jan 06, 2017 07:42 AM #9
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists

Priced to sell - not to sit...I like your motto!

Jan 06, 2017 08:13 AM #10
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

It is obvious that you know the issues and the answers that arise in divorce cases.  That experience will do your clients well.

Jan 06, 2017 10:01 AM #11
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Sally and David that sounds like a lot of time that you might not be compensated for, or are you paid by the court for providing those services?

Jan 06, 2017 04:16 PM #12
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Sally and David.  When it comes to sellers going through divorce.  You two are the absolute best choice of Realtors.

Jan 06, 2017 04:56 PM #13
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Some of my most difficult and some of the most rewarding sales, were divorce listings Sally K. & David L. Hanson , it does take an extra effort, senses, patience and toughness. 

Jan 06, 2017 04:59 PM #14
Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
ABR, CRB, GRI, MBA...experience counts!

Boy thats hard to stay unbiased and lots of drama.

Feb 05, 2017 06:54 AM #15
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