Selling Your House While Divorcing In Washington DC

selling your house while going through divorce in Washington DC

We buy houses in Washington DC. As local DC home buyers, we meet homeowners going through a wide variety of situations. If you’re going through a difficult divorce and trying to figure out what to do about your unwanted real estate, then keep reading this blog post to give you our best suggestions about selling your house while divorcing in Washington DC…

Divorce can be challenging and emotional. Yet, in the midst of the difficult situation, you might be like other divorcing couples who own a house and are trying to figure out how to go about selling your house while divorcing in Washington DC. Here are our best strategies and ideas to help you navigate the real estate portion of your divorce as carefully and efficiently as possible.

Houses In Divorce Can Be Complicated

During a divorce, the two parties seek to split their assets in half. For some assets that are liquid (such as money), it’s very easy to do. For other assets, including real estate, it’s much harder to do because how do you split a house in half? It’s one asset that derives its value from being whole, and it’s usually a structure built on a plot of land, so it’s not going anywhere.

Since cutting the house down the middle isn’t an option, should one party get it or the other? And maybe in some divorces, one party might be invited to take the house only if they can pay for it (which is a massive expense during a time when people rarely want to incur such expenses).

Here’s How To Split The Real Estate Asset

The best way to split the real estate asset is to sell it:

The property itself might have some expenses incurred during the sales process, or there might be outstanding bills, or there might still be a partial outstanding mortgage on the property. So the two divorcing parties should probably just sell the property and direct their attorneys to apply the money earned from the equity to any outstanding debts.

The remaining amount can then be split between each party, with each party getting an agreed-upon percentage (such as 50/50).

But this begs the question — how do you sell the property?

The Fastest Way To Sell A Divorce House

When it comes time to sell, most people think of selling through a real estate agent. Unfortunately, there’s a few problems with this:

  • The agent will make the owners pay out-of-pocket to fix up the property first — but who pays for that?
  • The agent will then list the house, which can take 3-6 months to sell (sometimes longer) — can either party wait that long?
  • The agent will then involve both parties in the negotiation with the buyer and there is A LOT of paperwork to shuffle back and forth

This is a costly and time-consuming way to sell, and it can actually make the divorce proceedings so much worse. Not to mention what if your house won’t sell during the divorce?

Fortunately, there’s another way to sell and that’s to sell your house to investors who buy houses (which is what we do here at The House Guys). Real estate investors will buy your house quickly, for cash, in as-is condition (and as a bonus, there are never any commissions or fees to pay). You don’t have to clean up or fix up the property and the sale can be completed in days, not months, with very little paperwork.

We Buy Washington DC Houses

We buy houses in DC for cash. If you’re going through divorce in Washington DC and want to just be done with it and move on with your life, just reach out to us and tell us about the house you want to sell. We specialize in buying divorce houses and we can help you expedite your divorce by buying this house from you.

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