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Your Home & Divorce

If you’ve landed up on this page you are either considering a divorce or are in the process of one and you want to know what to do with the house. The benefit of listing your home due to divorce is that both spouses usually get some money to help start over and give you both a clean break.

If you are listing your home due to divorce there are several things to consider.

Real Estate & DivorceChoosing a REALTOR®

Divorce is usually a very draining, emotional process. Adding the sale of your home is another huge stress that you don’t need to take on during this time, so it is wise to choose an agent who can help you. Using the same agent that sold you your house may be able to help or refer you to a listing specialist. Referrals from your friends who have had a good experience with a REALTOR® is another option or simply fill out the form on the right and we’ll be in touch.

Asking Price

This is where it’s best to let your REALTOR® go to work for you, avoiding any conflict between you and your spouse on an asking price. Using market analysis reports, neighborhood comparisons, and recently sold home pricing, your agent will be able to share with you what they know is top value for your home. Going off generic internet generated reports are often misleading and can lead to false expectations.

Preparing Your Home to Sell

This may be the most difficult part of the sales process but don’t get discouraged. One step at a time and your home will be in tip-top shape and ready to be shown. It is best to declutter as much as possible removing any knick-knacks on shelves, photo’s off the wall and extra furniture. This can be a very emotional time, especially during a divorce. It may be best to get professionals to come in and stage the home for you. Minor repairs and some painting often needs to be done as well. You and your spouse will need to agree on who will be paying for what expense and how they’ll be compensated in the end.

Reviewing Offers

Your agent will present any offer to both parties and ultimately, you’ll have to decide together on whether you accept or decline the offer. It is important to come together to discuss the offer as quickly as possible, especially in a market where homes are selling quickly. So, decide ahead of time the best way to communicate during this process.

Sale Proceeds

Don’t be fooled to think that you can just sell your home and split the sale price between both parties. Before the proceeds can be divided, your existing mortgage will need to be paid off, any equity line or second on the home will need to be paid, along with the broker’s fees and any capital gains tax that may apply. Once these expenses have been paid, you can then decide on how to divide the remaining balance.

Dividing the Home

Dividing the Cash

Once the sale is complete and escrow has closed, you’ll need to divide the proceeds. The escrow company can distribute the money to any obligations on the house or other payments you’ve agreed to, such as, to pay off marital debts. They will then also distribute the remaining balance to both parties. Keep in mind that if one party has been solely making the mortgage payment for the past year during the separation period, they should be compensated for the principal amount paid toward the loan, which may increase the amount divided between spouses.

Brett Schlieker

Brett Schlieker

Associate Broker & GRI


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Boise, Idaho – As the fastest growing metropolitan area in the country, the Treasure Valley is simply exploding in growth – a fact you probably face with every morning and afternoon commute. While much of this growth has primarily affected Boise, Meridian, and Nampa, the growth finds itself even spilling into communities such as Middleton, Kuna, and Caldwell.

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Brett Schlieker

Brett Schlieker

Brett Schlieker

Associate Broker & GRI


I have lived in the Treasure Valley for 20+ years and I believe it to be the best part of the country. I know what it’s like to relocate to a different town, county, state and most of all a new home. Originally from Colorado I have been in your shoes. The stress, anxiety and the fear of the unknown is a lot to take on. Life changing decisions have to be made in a swift and timely manner. I will assist you thru relocation with stress free personal service. I have always been known for going the extra mile! Let me earn your trust, your business and most importantly your friendship.

As a Homes of Idaho agent who’s an expert in this local area, I pride myself on offering superior personal service before, during and after your transaction. Knowledge, commitment, honesty, expertise and professionalism are the cornerstone of my business. It’s not the same everywhere, so you need someone you can trust for up-to-date information. At Homes of Idaho we believe in providing First-Class Service through our technologically advanced office and systems. Our licensed and trained agents have decades of accumulated service. Our Broker is a very customer centric person, so the customer always comes first!

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You need someone who knows the area inside and out! I work with you to find the right home at the right price for you, including all the neighborhood amenities that matter – not to mention the essential criteria you have for your ideal home. I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise about buying and selling Real Estate here in the Treasure Valley. I look forward to making your property dreams come true!