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What Is a Realtor Divorce Specialist & Why Should You Hire One?

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Homes are full of memories of your children taking their first steps across the floor, holiday traditions at the dining room table, and that special reading nook you just can’t pry yourself away from. Images such as these make selling your home particularly tough. Add to this an impending divorce, and you’ve created an exhausting—and potentially painful—situation for you and your soon-to-be ex-partner. 

Selling a home during a divorce can be challenging, so it’s important you engage someone with experience in this niche market. A realtor divorce specialist is a real estate professional who specializes in working with divorcing clients. Oftentimes, they undergo training and earn certifications that enable them to better provide support and services during the sales process. Such designations may include a Certified Divorce Real Estate Expert (CDRE), Real Estate Collaboration Specialist-Divorce (RCS-D), or Certified Real Estate Divorce Specialist (CREDS). 

These rigorous courses teach realtor divorce specialists all areas of law regarding home sales,  including the impact of marital status on the title and ability to sell the home. They also become experts in tax issues related to homes during divorce, such as dealing with bankruptcy, and any associated waiting periods. Most certifications encompass navigating ex-spousal relationships and varying emotional states, along with maintaining a level of neutrality. These professionals additionally train to become expert witnesses and testify in court, if called. 

Overall, such specialists gain knowledge that sets them apart from a general realtor. They’re typically better equipped at assisting divorce clients, have a greater understanding of the legal, financial, mental health and real estate implications, and possess more experience in this niche market. 

Citing several surveys among Certified Divorce Financial Analysts, the national Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts (IDFA) ranks financial issues among the top instigators of divorce, with one poll reporting money problems and arguments lead to 22 percent of dissolutions— meaning it’s likely you and your ex will clash over setting the price of the home and agreeing on an acceptable offer. If your relationship ended on a bad note for other reasons, it’s possible you could argue about showing times, or the way the home is marketed. Since realtor divorce specialists have been taught how to manage differing emotional states and high-tension situations, they remain neutral and take a diplomatic approach to every decision. This ensures neither party feels excluded and all opinions are taken into account. 

Not only will realtor divorce specialists handle contentious situations, they’ve most likely trained their staff to do the same, so you won’t have to worry about your ex manipulating team members or making changes without your consent. They also follow guidelines and policies to ensure both spouses are protected, and staffers handle the sale without bias. 

Another unique benefit of hiring a realtor divorce specialist is the discretion. If potential buyers find out divorce is the cause of the sale, this can leave you in a disadvantaged position when it comes time for negotiations. A professional will market and stage the home without divulging this confidential information. 

If you’re looking to find a realtor divorce specialist for your upcoming house sale, begin by consulting your divorce attorney. They may know or have worked with an expert in the field. You’ll also want to interview multiple agents to determine the best fit for you and your ex-spouse. When doing so, it’s important you ask the right questions. Inquire about their experience, how they’ve handled a contentious divorce listing in the past, whether they know your home area, and references. You’ll also want to find out how their list prices compare to sale prices, so you know you can get close to this with the specialist. 

You can also find a realtor divorce specialist through DivorceForce. We have an extensive hub of mortgage brokers and lenders, property appraisers, and commercial and residential real estate agents or brokers who specialize in divorce.

Search through our list of experts to find the right one for you.

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Written by Gregory C. Frank, Founder & CEO, DivorceForce

Gregory C. Frank is the CEO and Founder of DivorceForce.

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