Divorce: Are You Impacted by a Divorce and Need to Sell Your House?
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First of all, our hearts break with you if you are going through a divorce. If you call us, our first thought is how we can help in any way to save your marriage. No one gains when a marriage breaks up. If you are going through a divorce and need to sell your house, our first question is whether there is any hope to save the marriage. We were put on this earth to do more than make a modest profit on a house we bought because a marriage broke up. We’re problem solvers, and aware of networks that really go the extra mile to help couples salvage their marriage. As Christians, we believe there is always hope and redemption, and that it is possible for people to change. If you like, we can find resources which you may not have considered. These resources sometimes are at no cost to you. Let us help. It’s the least we can do.
If you want to sell you house, here are some issues you should consider:
- Take care of yourself. Get some help from a friend who will do more than just listen to you, but will help you take the next steps. He/she will help you schedule your time, keep you accountable to do what you need to do, even though you will likely have bouts of depression. The morning after is always painful, but there will be a day when you will be a stronger person. Do not go through this alone.
- Don’t be married to the house. Know your title and mortgage. Some unfortunate victims of divorce have discovered they got title in the divorce proceedings but the terms of the mortgage held some unpleasant surprises for them. Be sure to have a clear understanding of this with your attorney and the judge presiding over the proceedings. There are no dumb questions. Be ready to ask!
- Don’t sabotage your own profits. Sometimes you will find yourself working to preserve the value of your house when your spouse will receive a portion of any increase or preservation in value, and be tempted to neglect this opportunity to help yourself out. As difficult as it may seem, put your best foot forward. You will face less bitterness and will also avoid some consequences beyond what you may expect.
- Keep good records. You don’t have to be a sophisticated lawyer, just keep a copy of everything and keep things in a good, safe place.
- Hire a real estate person familiar with divorce. If you sell with an agent, the real estate agent must establish neutrality with both sides of the couple. Otherwise you may face legal consequences. If you are not sure whether you want to sell directly to a buyer like Florida Direct Home Buyers, LLC or with a real estate agent, see our Direct vs Listing page, where we explain some of the terms you will be dealing with. In short, if your house is in excellent shape and in no need of repairs, listing will likely be your choice. We can either buy it or have a qualified real estate agent contact you. Just let us know.
- Take everything when you move out. Divorce brings about a legal change in a relationship, and in the aftermath many unpleasant surprises arise. Our general advice is to make as clean a break as possible. It’s usually better (albeit very painful) for both parties in the long term emotionally, but definitely better legally. If it’s your spouse moving out and you’re remaining, collect his/her things and store it separately.
- Do your own investigation. Many times a spouse cannot recollect who is on the title and mortgage. If you have no idea, you can ask your attorney. You can also visit your county clerk’s office and ask to see the records tied to your property. If you’ve taken a second mortgage it will show up as well. Many times second mortgages are paid off and the release is not filed with the county. The clerk’s office cannot give you legal advice, but they can help you find the records of your title and the mortgage lien against your property. And consider all the details you can find information on, like:
- You may owe more taxes than anticipated
- The mortgage may be bigger than you thought
- The house may need repairs and upgrades
- In some circumstances, you could have problems with relatives and joint heirs of your spouse
- Be aware of the impact of any prenuptial agreements (though your attorney should cover this)
- There may be unknown property liens
We have some more materials which may help you. Below we have links to specific articles on selling your house as a result of a divorceCheck out the information and give us a call. We’re here for you.
- Selling Your House While Divorcing in Orlando
- What If My House Won’t Sell During A Divorce in Orlando?
Take the burden off of you and your family by calling Florida Direct Home Buyers, LLC today. We buy houses. We know how to help you navigate the difficult world after a divorce. It takes compassion, patience and understanding. Fill out the form or call us TODAY. (407) 852-5400