Jody Bruns, CDLP, Niche Marketing Expert in Real Estate & Mortgage (Jody Bruns, LLC)

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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

It is not good blogging ettiquette to ask a question & point to your post. Think if everyone did this? 

Ask a question - get help.

Oct 07, 2016 04:07 AM
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1,250,068
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Most divorcing couples simply want the property sold so they can get on with their lives.  One that gave me headaches was a couple who decided to divorce in the middle of their listing - YIKES!

Oct 08, 2016 12:54 AM
Rainmaker
1,523,517
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Can't say we have made any

Oct 07, 2016 11:12 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I do not recall any mistakes.

Oct 07, 2016 10:19 PM
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Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

My biggest mistake was deciding to work with them! Talk about War of the Roses!

Oct 07, 2016 09:38 PM
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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

I don't, therefore I have no issues..

Oct 07, 2016 09:15 PM
Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

So far so good....treat both parties fairly and never take sides.

Oct 07, 2016 11:29 AM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I learned to be extremely neutral!

Oct 07, 2016 10:20 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I guess, the biggest mistakes can be taking sides or giving advice. I try to stay neutral and friendly to either party. 

Oct 07, 2016 07:45 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Having them at closing at the same time.

Oct 07, 2016 01:50 AM
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Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, GRI,SFR, REALTOR®

Jody Bruns,

No room for mistakes when working with any customers.

Oct 08, 2016 08:02 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Most mistakes can be avoided by treating each party equal and letting them know that. There is always one spouse that is angrier than the other and that causes problems

Oct 07, 2016 10:48 PM
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Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
MBA, GRI...experience counts!

I sided with the wrong client and the other was the dominant one, and got squeezed out.

Oct 07, 2016 10:24 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I learned with a couple years ago that I was NEVER going to talk to only one of them.  That was the biggest mistake I ever made.  Never have done it again.

Oct 07, 2016 02:44 PM
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Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

    Grieving soon-to-be divorcee poured out her emotions and wanted me to console her.  You know where that sort of thing leads.

    No mistake made; I stopped it in its tracks by referring them to another Broker.

Oct 07, 2016 02:09 PM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I've worked with one divorce situation and it went fairly smoothly. 

Oct 07, 2016 02:02 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

The biggest mistake may be in working with them.

I will read your post now, thanks for the advice.

Oct 07, 2016 01:18 PM
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Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

I have not worked with many client's going through a divorce.

Oct 07, 2016 12:54 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Allowing myself to be put in the middle. I now make it clear I will not mediate and am only involved to get the property sold and expect both of their cooperation to do that.

Oct 07, 2016 12:06 PM
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Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA
FrankRubiRealEstate.com

Sitting between the two at the closing table. 

Oct 07, 2016 11:35 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

No mistakes just lots of communication & focus issues...all good & doable

Oct 07, 2016 09:39 AM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Somehow I have not worked with divorcing couples as my clients; helped buyers purchase from some. Husband's clothes were in the basement.

Oct 07, 2016 09:18 AM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I don't think i've made any mistakes when dealing with divorcing parties.

Oct 07, 2016 06:32 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Not realizing early on in my career that in Minneso0ta, if one of the partners in the divorce signe a Purchase Agreement the ex-spouse to be is automatically on that agrrement and has the right to 50% of any equity it may have established

Oct 07, 2016 06:19 AM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Treat both parties fairly and don't play favorites.

Oct 07, 2016 05:08 AM
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Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Improving Conditions

I've only had a couple and they've been fine. I did have one rough go of a divorce situation but I was on the other side of the transaction. They began negotiating their divorce settlement during the transaction ie - I won't sign until you give me access to.... OK I won't sign unless I get.... kind of thing. This went on for over a month just trying to get mutual acceptance. My buyer couldn't take it any more and walked.

Oct 07, 2016 02:54 AM
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Susan Laxson CRS
HomeSmart Professionals - La Quinta, CA
Local Knowledge & Global Network

I have never worked with a couple that was actively going through a divorce. Will read responses though!

Oct 07, 2016 02:51 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

My BIGGEST mistake....hmmm, regarding divorcing clients...ohhhh,

One party was clearly at fault and literally 'gave away' their wealth. However, as the professional I needed to be,  judgment could not be exhibited.

The outcome was the transgressor developed a liking to me and has, since that time, become a persistent and unrepentant, presence in my life, one of those time-holes that ask for guidance, on the same issue 87 times but has no intent of doing anything different.

Maybe I earning my wings.

I can't cut the ties because I DO SEE that due to my intervention, secure housing is in place and I must continue the fight or bad decisions will result in homeless situation.

If I knew at the start, this would have become a referral to an agent on 'The List."

Oct 07, 2016 02:06 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I actually have never worked with a couple going through a divorce. Lucky me I guess.

Oct 07, 2016 01:48 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Not making sure there is a separation agreement at least so that a decision can be made.

Oct 07, 2016 01:47 AM
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Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

No mistakes, just I had to do every step twice, or four times - takes longer to complete a single step. I liked very much doing that - I would always choose a slower transaction, whenever I can.

Nov 06, 2016 08:52 AM
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Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

My real estate practice represents buyers only.  Most people aren't divorcing when they are going out looking for a home.  Thankfully I've had no personal issues and/or mistakes.

Nov 06, 2016 02:43 AM
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Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
The most important home I sell is YOURS!

Believing that both of them were telling the truth! And getting pulled into their drama!

Nov 06, 2016 12:50 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Not working with you on the deal!

 

Oct 10, 2016 04:51 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Acting like you support one side over the other.    Have done many now, and NEVER take sides.

Oct 09, 2016 07:25 AM
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Harry F. D'Elia
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Putting them in the same room at one time

Oct 08, 2016 11:18 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Sometimes it's just the decision to work with them if they are at odds and not speaking.  Other than that, I haven't had any issues.

Oct 08, 2016 03:33 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I haven't worked with too many of them.  I did hear about an agent once who hit on the soon to be ex-wife.  That's a faux-pah for sure!

Oct 08, 2016 07:33 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Haven't worked with that many.  Though, one couple, the biggest mistake was agreeing to work with them.

Oct 08, 2016 04:44 AM
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John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Lyn Sims has this one.

Oct 08, 2016 02:29 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

I do not live in the realm of mistakes.  I help people regardless of what their situation is.  It is all about being of service.  Divorces can be challenging.  

Oct 08, 2016 02:23 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Believing it will all go smoothly!

Oct 08, 2016 01:16 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

No mistakes.  No problems.   Treating each seller(and attorney if applicable) fairly seems to work. 

Oct 08, 2016 12:43 AM
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Trying to make them both happy.  LOL

Oct 08, 2016 12:24 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

None so far

Oct 07, 2016 11:57 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Can't say I have had any issues as long as I kept them apart! Emotions run high!

Oct 07, 2016 11:51 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Can't think of any.

Oct 07, 2016 11:46 PM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

None.

Oct 07, 2016 11:22 PM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I sold a listing to a buyer who is not divorced. I thought his live in sweetie was his wife and asked for deposit. She was also married to another man needing a nest.

The deed had his wife's name on it after sale. 

Oct 07, 2016 11:15 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Jody Bruns, CDLP, CMMU - that's one area I have never worked with! Closest I came was - to list after the settlement of divorce.

Oct 07, 2016 04:04 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Underestimating how badly they might behave at settlement.  

Oct 07, 2016 12:55 PM
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Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

One of my early listings in my first year being licensed was a divorce. My big mistake was speaking with one more than the other thinking they were communicating. It taught me to say up front on future listings what ever I tell one the other will hear the same thing from me that way no one is left in the dark.

Oct 07, 2016 12:45 PM
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Oh the joys of working with divorce situations. Just closed on one and basically figured out that he goes balistic on just about anything so after  a a few times of him going bonkers I said - hey this isn't going to work.  The wife took over handling it all and kept him in the loop when necessary.  That worked. Done and over with and I'm glad she can move on now.

Oct 07, 2016 05:07 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

none.... every one is done carefully with complete confidentiality with the parties....

Oct 07, 2016 04:04 AM