. We were referred to a soon to be divorced couple as listing agents. One of the "extra" benefits you get as an agent in divorce is one transaction can mean two or three...as each former spouse makes a purchase or you refer them to another agent out of the area...such great Sellabrations !
Then assumptions by some divorcing couples...is that everything is divided 50/50...the expenses in getting the house ready as well as the profit from the sale in a state where the house is considered community property and that scenario fits the situation. Not true...in divorce like most of life...always and never don't apply. Assets can be split in a variety of ways as can the liabilites with many factors considered including but not limited a disparity in income of each spouse and other factors which influence the "division".
Sometimes we are not the first agents....agents before us...never get the house listed...list it at a priee that the market won't accept...to minimize conflict...they ignore the whole ''pre-marketing" and getting the hiouse ready to sell step in listing the property. Tbis also of course, does not maximize the return for both soon to be ex spouses on the sale of what can be one of their largest assets.
The agent before we were contacted had worked with the divorcing couple for seven months and did not get the house liseted or the items that needed attention in the house, addressed. There were lots of legal bills incurred by both parties and no resolution to the issues or achieving the goal of the "highest and best" sale price of the house.
Divorce, we believe is a specialized area of practice...one that we have been trained in and practiced for over a decade. If you are divorcing, having an agent with education in divorce is important. This background can lessen legal bills and lower the stress level of the entire transaction when emotions run high and there is considerable money at stake in resolutions to conflicts during the listing.
We often hear from other agents "I have been divorced I know how to handle a divorce in real estate." Our answer to that is that you bring your experience...which is different than bringing education. We are happy to answer any questions any time....legal advice is not what we offer...that is the lawyers' province in these situations. We do work hard to address the situations unique to this kind of transaction.
If you as an agent are interested in further education, you can email us at Sally@HansonRealEstateNet...subject line: Divorce Course regarding our course taught to individually with the laws of your state in place and not a "one size fits all" kind of approach.
If you are divorcing or an attorney representing divorcing clients, outside of southeastern Wisconsin, we will do our best to refer you to an agent experienced in this market niche. In the Wisconsin counties of Kenosha, Racine, Walworth, Waukesha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington, and Jefferson...you can call the Hansons, the only divorce certified Wisconsin agents.. we are honored to be of experienced assistance at this difficult time.