What Are My Best Selling Options in a Divorce?

What Are My Best Selling Options in a Divorce?

Many have heard tales of amicable divorces and couples peacefully parting ways. This is how it goes for one in three divorces. But unfortunately, a similar number describe theirs as hostile, with the rest somewhere in between. 

If real estate is involved, this can be a very difficult time. Communication may be slower than ever, emotions are high, and the two parties may want different outcomes. 

This tough stage of life doesn’t make selling a home easier - but expert advice will

Since 2008, The Jamison Team has been successfully involved all over Santa Clara County, buying and selling homes. This includes families of all ages and stages of life, some going through divorces. Thanks to their book release, anyone can get professional advice and find effective selling options in a divorce.

The hard copy of Best Selling Options in a Divorce is free and can be delivered anywhere in the U.S. - just let us know where to send it.

Main Concepts From Best Selling Options in a Divorce

Over 100 pages, Bob and Sandy Jamison outline everything you need to know about selling a home in a divorce. The book is ordered logically, from the beginning stages like the settlement agreements, to the negotiations and final moments. 

Along the way, some valuable concepts are covered in-depth. Understanding and using each one should help you navigate selling in a divorce more confidently. In the most pleasant cases, divorce can make selling a home stressful. If you and your soon-to-be-ex aren’t communicating or are uncooperative, selling a home may seem like an impassable obstacle. 

Here are just a few of the realtor-tested concepts from Best Selling Options in a Divorce.

The Best Selling Options in a Divorce is completely free to own (and use)

The 80/20 Rule

This rule comes from an Italian economist who found that often, an 80/20 ratio can be found in many aspects of life. For example, 80% of products sold might be bought by 20% of a business's clients. Or, 80% of your income could be from 20% of your work, among similar examples. 

The 80/20 rule can be applied to real estate too. As Bob and Sandy explain, “You can highlight 20% of your home’s features that make it special. The remaining 80% of your home still affects the buyer’s decision, so you don’t want to neglect it, but you also don't have to spend a lot of time or money to improve it.” 

What that means is, to focus on the unique features of your home, such as:

  • Swimming pools or jacuzzis
  • Patios 
  • Large backyards
  • Location
  • Views

When you decide what your unique features are, try to capitalize on them. A realtor can tell you how this applies to your property, so you can get the most, even during a divorce. 

The Three D’s

Once the ball’s rolling, you’ll find that buyers will schedule stagings with your realtor. This is where the Three D’s become vital. 

  • Depersonalize

Staging is no time to show buyers your taste and style. Make this moment about them, by removing your personal touches as much as possible. Show them a clean slate and a place for them to make their own. That means, no photographs, no knick-knacks, and go easy on the house plants! 

If you need more tips, pick up your free book or read one of our online guides on staging.

  • Declutter

When someone says “clutter,” the term refers to personal items, little decorations, and other things taking up space. To portray value and cleanliness to buyers, it’s important to remove it. This step makes your house appear roomier and also gives the impression that you take good care of it.

Mess and clutter tell your potential buyers that you might not be taking care of their soon-to-be home. You need to declutter, but that’s not always easy if you still live in the property. Where can you move all of your things? Storage can be rented or you may have space somewhere at the home. It’s fine to pack things away into containers until after the staging.

  • Discard

You’ll be moving into a new home after a successful staging and subsequent closure. But before that happens, you may have some things you need to get rid of. This isn’t just for you, but also for your buyers who may not be forgiving about a rusty set of outdoor chairs or a few dying plants in the garden. 

Look over your home with a critical eye for a moment. If something is past its prime, personalized, or in need of repair, consider discarding it (or saving it for your next home).

A great example of the Three D’s in action - Photo via Canva

Pick Up a Free Copy or Speak With the Author

Inside Best Selling Options in a Divorce, Bob and Sandy Jamison also talk about:

  • Common mistakes sellers make
  • Upgrading to increase return on investment
  • How to find buyers
  • Being a power negotiator 
  • Using bargaining chips

Get a free hard copy of this incredibly useful book, just by telling us where you’d like it delivered. During a divorce, we’d be happy to alleviate concerns, make the process run smoothly, and maximize your upside. 

If you’d like to speak with Bob or Sandy Jamison and connect with their team, there are two ways. Getting in touch with us is easy, just decide how you’d like to start the conversation.  

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