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Selling a House in a Divorce

Selling a House in a Divorce: Navigating the Process and Understanding Divorce Appraisals

Going through a divorce is difficult enough without having to also deal with selling the marital home. If you and your spouse own a house together that needs to be sold as part of your divorce settlement, it adds extra stress and complexity to an already emotionally fraught situation. 

In this blog post, we’ll explore tips for navigating the process of selling a house during a divorce, based on key insights from a video by divorce real estate professionals. We’ll also delve into the important role divorce appraisals play and how they impact divorce-related home sales.

Key Tips for Selling a House During Divorce Proceedings

Selling a house jointly owned by divorcing spouses requires careful coordination and good communication. Here are some vital tips to smooth the process:

  • Maintain open and respectful communication with your spouse during the sale. Work together in choosing a real estate agent and negotiating offers.
  • Consult divorce attorneys to understand legal obligations and rights regarding the sale. Real estate agents can also provide useful guidance.
  • Review your divorce settlement agreement closely to ensure you follow stipulated terms for dividing sale proceeds. 
  • Get an objective appraisal of the home’s value so you can competitively price and market the property.
  • Interview experienced real estate agents who understand the nuances of divorce-related sales. Look for an agent who can offer expert negotiating guidance.
  • Follow all required legal procedures regarding ownership transfer, paperwork etc. Your attorney can advise you on meeting obligations.

The Role of Divorce Appraisals

A divorce appraisal from a qualified professional appraiser is strongly recommended when selling a home as part of a divorce settlement. Here’s why:

  • It provides an impartial estimate of the property’s fair market value, preventing later disputes between spouses.
  • The appraisal helps you set an optimal listing price, so the property sells quickly and favorably. 
  • If one spouse is buying out the other’s share, the appraisal guides a fair financial settlement.
  • Divorce courts often mandate a professional appraisal for legally documenting the home’s value and guiding property division.

By having an appraisal done upfront, you can avoid headaches later and smooth the way for an equitable division of this significant marital asset.

Navigating This Complex Process 

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Selling a home under the pressures of divorce isn’t easy, but being prepared and informed makes it more manageable. Consult the right professionals, maintain good communication with your spouse, and use an appraisal to guide pricing and division of proceeds. With some care and forethought, you can reduce stress and achieve the best outcome for both parties.

Call or text Phil Aitken and the real estate experts at Your Home Sold Guaranteed Realty - Phil Aitken Home Team at (904) 544-5252 and get a free Divorce Appraisal.

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Phil Aitken, Owner/Broker
Phil Aitken is the Owner/Broker with Your Home Sold Guaranteed Realty - Phil Aitken Home Team and has over 13 years of Real Estate experience. Phil’s faith and desire for his family’s continued security fuel his business growth and leadership. The Phil Aitken Home Team continues to profoundly impact the people of Jacksonville via supporting several faith-based organizations. Phil gives back a portion of every real estate transaction to The Tim Tebow Foundation and Rethreaded. Find Phil's full story here.