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Sell My House Due To Divorce

Posted Thursday, April 4, 2019

When you are in the midst of a divorce, many aspects of your life will change. Unfortunately, one of those will be the sale of your home. In fact, more than 35% of divorces involve the sale of a couple's home. This, along with statistics showing it can take a house put on the market an average of 295 days to sell, lead many who are experiencing divorce to wonder what to do next. To avoid this delay in being able to move on with your life, here are some tips on how to sell my house fast due to divorce.

Establish Your Home's Market Value
To make sure you get as much money as possible for your home, start out by establishing its fair market value. To do so, you can use either a property appraiser or a real estate agent. If you use an appraiser, be prepared to pay an average of $287-$373 for their services. However, by knowing the value of your home, you can be sure to not be duped into taking an offer that is far lower than what you deserve. In many cases, it may be better to work with a real estate agent, since they can compare your home with other comparable properties nearby that have recently sold. Along with the condition of your home, an agent or appraiser will look at its square footage, location, and any improvements that have been or need to be made.

Properly Prepare Your Property
Once you have established your home's fair market value, your next step should be to make sure your home is in the best possible shape to be sold. To do so, take the time to prepare it so that it will be irresistible to an eager buyer. By doing so, you'll be able to sell it quickly, enabling you to begin a new chapter in your life. To make your home look great, get rid of any clutter inside and outside, give some rooms a fresh coat of neutral-colored paints, and give it some curb appeal by making sure the yard is trimmed and weed-free.

Don't Advertise Your Divorce
When deciding to sell my house, don't make it a point to advertise the fact that you are in the midst of a divorce. If you do, buyers often take that to mean you are desperate to sell the property, and will likely try to make you a lowball offer. Also, it is usually best to not try to go the "for sale by owner" route while getting divorced, since you will already have plenty of stress in your life. Instead, let an experienced real estate professional do the work for you.