Real estate agents have often found success by specializing in certain submarkets such as specific neighborhoods or people buying a home for the first time but what about the unique set of skills required to work with sellers who are also going through a divorce?
The New York Times reports on what it takes to manage two people who aren’t on speaking terms or are only willing to communicate through their lawyers. Besides having to explain everything two separate times, agents might also be called upon to add more clothes to the empty side of the closet or do some housecleaning when the spouse who is reluctant to sells leaves a mess in an effort to thwart anyone from making an offer. It can take an extra level of discretion, knowledge of tax rules for married versus divorced sellers, and a deep reserve of patience just to get to closing.
Has anyone out there had to go to great lengths when working with divorced sellers? Please share your story in the comments (without giving away anyone’s identity, of course).