Divorce is rarely an easy thing do go through. It is usually the final step along a trail of tears that winds through the wilderness of broken vows, broken hearts, and broken dreams. Roughly one million marriages end in divorce each year in the United States and many of those newly-divorced couples end up with a broken home that needs to be sold.
The Homefront – In many cases the joint ownership of a home-for-sale is the only tie remaining that binds an ex-couple together. Some will want to cut that cord as quickly and painlessly as possible. In other cases, however, one spouse may delay agreeing to a deal just to aggravate their ex, or one party may want to maximize their profits from the sale while the other just wants to get out. How easily, and amicably, a deal can be agreed to and completed may be determined by how civilly and courteously other aspects of the divorce proceedings and negotiations are being handled.
A Deal Gone Down The Drain – A couple that had put an offer in on their dream home in New York arrived at the pre-inspection walk-through only to find a nightmare. The bitter, resentful, divorcing husband didn’t want his wife to have the money from the home sale so he flooded the house by leaving all of the faucets running the night before. True story!
Alimony, Acrimony, And Home Owning – You still have a right to your personal privacy even when you’re selling a home. If you are going through a divorce, don’t feel like you have to advertise the dissolution of your marriage while your house is on the market. If potential buyers do discover this you might receive a lower offer as a result.
Be sure to inform your agent of any issues like this. We have dealt with these situations and can help mediate through the sale in cases where tempers are less than tempered.
Ultimately, it will benefit both you and your divorcing spouse to cooperate until your house has been successfully sold. Until then, remember to make sure that all of the faucets are turned off every night!