Getting a divorce is . . . well, a real pain-in a lot of ways. It used to be that one of the arguments in a divorce would be who gets to keep the home, but now we have a new twist: who gets stuck with the home?
With nearly one in six homes worth less than the mortgage owed on it, according to Moody’s Economy.com, divorce lawyers and financial advisers around the country say the logistics of divorce have been turned around. “We used to fight about who gets to keep the house,” said Gary Nickelson, president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. “Now we fight about who gets stuck with the dead cow.” [Read Housing Market Divorce Twist]
I recently facilitated ((For more about how I “facilitate” a sale, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org)) the sale of a Sequim home to a California buyer, and the Sequim owners are in a divorce, but in this case, there is equity and the net proceeds are to be divided as in most cases, half and half. These Sequim sellers were really quite lucky to connect with a buyer in this market and at this time of year.
A divorce creates a fairly serious dilemma for selling real estate, because a divorce is a time when all the dysfunctional baggage of both people creates a significant probability that one of them will end up sabatoging the sale. I’ll write more about how to deal with such issues in another article, but believe me, as a real estate lawyer, I saw the worst in people come out during divorces when there was real estate and future income involved.
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Courtesy of Sequim & Port Angeles Real Estate, LLC.
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