Maximizing Value Amidst Challenges


Deciding whether a waste claim exists and should be awarded is a complex matter left to legal professionals and the court. Still, from a real estate perspective, it’s possible to shed light on how certain actions or inactions can impact the value of marital assets, particularly in divorce cases.

Imagine waste as intentionally diminishing the value of a marital asset. As a listing agent specializing in divorce cases, I’ve encountered various scenarios that demonstrate how timing, pricing, and appearance play pivotal roles in determining a property’s worth.

Timing plays a crucial role in real estate. The longer a house lingers on the market, the more its value depreciates. Every neighborhood has an “Average Days on Market” figure. Properties exceeding this average become stigmatized, leading buyers to seek discounts. Showings denied, offers ignored, or a house made undesirable all contribute to prolonged listings and decreased value.

Price is equally significant. Buyers gravitate towards properties within their budget. Overpriced listings often go unnoticed, further extending their time on the market. Refusal to adjust prices as per market demands leads to stagnation and value depreciation.

Appearance is the first impression that sells a home. Buyers expect cleanliness, neutrality, and appeal. A poorly maintained or overly personalized house turns away potential buyers or attracts lowball offers, affecting its perceived value.

In divorce listings, the resident exerts substantial control over the property’s condition and pricing. Refusing showings, neglecting upkeep, or sharing divorce-related drama can deter buyers and erode equity.

Recognizing such situations requires thorough analysis. Requesting a detailed report from the listing agent, including recommendations made and parties’ responses, helps assess the property’s true value. Additionally, understanding buyer feedback on showings provides insights into market perceptions.

Disclosing a property as a divorce sale requires tact. While transparency is crucial, labeling it as a clearance item may attract opportunistic buyers, potentially undervaluing the property.

I’m committed to maximizing value and equity in every transaction. For inquiries or assistance regarding real estate in divorce cases, feel free to reach out. Together, we can navigate these challenges and secure optimal outcomes.

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Katina Farrell

Katina Farrell

Certified Divorce Real Estate Expert®

Katina Farrell, CDRE® is an experienced Realtor & Managing Broker who specializes in real estate transactions, with expertise as a trained Certified Divorce Real Estate Expert® and a Certified Negotiation Expert. She handles the sale of real property in family law cases as a neutral expert. Schedule a complimentary chat and discover more ways Katina can help you resolve the real estate challenges plaguing your divorce cases.

Call: 720-295-8848


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