How can a Certified Divorce Real Estate (CDREtm) expert help you in the process of selling the marital home over a regular real estate agent?

Article written by Kathryn Hoffman, CDRE

Who should you hire? Someone you don’t know or hire a friend of your past agent?


A Certified Divorce Real Estate expert can offer specialized knowledge and skills that can be beneficial during the process of selling a marital home in the context of a divorce.

Here are 4 ways a Certified Divorce Real Estate Agent (CDRE) can assist you:

  1. Understanding complex divorce real estate issues: Divorce can involve unique challenges when it comes to selling a marital home. A certified expert has specific training and experience in handling these issues, such as navigating legal requirements, understanding the impact of divorce on property division, and working with divorcing couples in a sensitive manner.
  2. Neutral third-party perspective: Hiring a certified expert who is not personally connected to either party can ensure an unbiased approach. They can provide an objective assessment of the property’s value, suggest strategies for maximizing the sale price, and facilitate negotiations between the divorcing parties.
  3. Knowledge of legal considerations: Divorce real estate experts have a comprehensive understanding of the legal aspects related to the sale of a marital home. They can collaborate with attorneys, mediators, and other professionals involved in the divorce process to ensure that all legal requirements are met and that the sale proceeds smoothly.
  4. Experience with emotional dynamics: Divorce can be an emotionally charged time, and selling a marital home can intensify those emotions. A certified expert who specializes in divorce real estate can offer support and empathy while remaining focused on the task at hand. They are trained to handle conflicts and find solutions that work for both parties, minimizing stress and facilitating a smoother transaction.

When deciding whether to hire a certified Divorce Real Estate expert or a friend of your past agent, it’s important to consider the following factors:

  1. Expertise and specialization: While your friend or a family member who is a realtor may be a skilled real estate agent, they may not have the specific expertise and training required to navigate the complexities of selling a marital home during a divorce. Assess whether their knowledge and experience align with your unique needs.
  2. Impartiality and neutrality: Hiring a neutral third party, such as a CDRE can help maintain a fair and balanced approach throughout the process. Your friend may have a personal connection to either you or your ex-spouse, which could potentially affect their ability to remain unbiased.
  3. Confidentiality and privacy: Divorce proceedings often involve sensitive information. Ensure that whichever professional you choose, they are committed to maintaining confidentiality and safeguarding your privacy.
  4. Professional boundaries: Working with a friend in a professional capacity can sometimes blur boundaries and complicate personal relationships. Evaluate whether you and your friend can maintain a professional dynamic throughout the selling process.

Ultimately, the decision depends on your specific situation, your level of trust in your friend’s capabilities, and your comfort level with hiring someone you don’t know. Consider interviewing both the certified Divorce Real Estate expert and your friend to assess their qualifications, experience, and approach. This will help you make an informed decision based on what you believe will best serve your needs during this challenging time.