Relocate to Wisconsin : "I'm the nicest guy you'd ever want to divorce," said the Seller

"I'm the nicest guy you'd ever want to divorce," said the Seller

 As Realtor with a niche in divorce...we encounter all kinds of situations...the he said/she said anger ...the tears...and sometimes...Sellers who just realize this is not the happily ever after they had hoped to have...and as peacefully as New life old lifepossible..want to end the marital relationship and move on with their lives.

    He doesn't want her collection of this ....the value of her jewelry....the wedding presents she has carefully tallied from HER family and HER friends...he just wants to start over...

     As a part of the ultra cooperative attitude....he also allows her to choose the know the agent....SHE knows the agent...her friend...or the one her friend recommended who will list the property for the price she dictates.   how does THAT work ?  Not Well....Maybe...

just maybe...there might be a priceNew Price

reduction....usually a teeny tiny one that will not attract new buyers.

   It MUST be the Realtor....and we see houses listed for years by different agents...often at the same or nearly the same price...because the reason the house didn't sell was the the divorcing seller's  mind...not the price.

Swear to tell the truth  That is when our phone rings...or email pops's the "tired of being nice guy" spouse ot the lawyer who knows enough is enough and this final marital asset needs to sold.....We are "cordially invited" to testify in to the value of the property...not the number anyone CHOSE but the number that the market will accept.  

    We are the only Realtors in the state of Wisconsin who are certified in divorce...both traditionally and collaboratively and have successfully closed many divorces in nine Wisconsin counties. 

   We are often appointed by the judge with the instructions to BOTH spouses that like it or not....The Hansons are the Realtors and both of them will cooperate in all aspects of the sale and closing of the house charged with contempt of court....which can ...and once has....resulted in time in jail.  

      The Realtor who "bought the listing" for the price that one spouse "required" and the other agreed to order of the court.tear up real estate contract

        Do "nice guys/gals finish last ?"    Yes....but we will make sure that the sale is "Finished" and the house SOLD for the price that the  market will bear.

        If you or anyone you know has had their home for sale for years....has gone through a string of Realtors and not sold their...about to be...former marital home...Call the Hansons...we are a couple working with couples and while we are not always the first Realtors....we are the last...getting the home sold and helping both spouses begin the next phase of their own "happily ever after."





Sally K. & David L. Hanson, ABR, CDPE, CSS, e-Pro,ILHM, REDS

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Comment balloon 43 commentsSally K. & David L. Hanson • September 06 2015 05:52AM


Interesting niche and glad that there is someone in the area that the courts can refer to when the parties have exhausted the bitterness and greediness routes.  Good luck with the rest of your successful career.

Posted by Mona Gersky, GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate. (MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC) almost 3 years ago

Thank yon Mona is not for everyone...very often twice the is what we choose and in the end, it is very rewarding.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (Keller Williams 414-525-0563) almost 3 years ago

I have frequented the family law courts and have also done divorce sales also. Its not for everyone and it must get done...Good for you

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) almost 3 years ago

Sally and David- I knew that this was your specialty but had no idea that you could also be called in by the court to handle a sale so both parties could move on.  Very interesting. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 3 years ago

The phrase "Its a nasty job but somebody has to do it" comes to mind. I have a couple of listings where a divorce is involved. It will not be easy to get these sold, especially with everyone being happy.

Posted by John Mosier, Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142 (Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert) almost 3 years ago

I've found a niche working with widows, also not a happy niche. But at these times in their lives, they do need someone to help them. That's gratifying. I didn't know you could be that as a real estate agent or separate from that? What kind of certification? and from whom?

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) almost 3 years ago

It is a sad part of out business we see often Sally & David. I congratulate you on the feature and wish you a great day.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) almost 3 years ago

I seem to get involved in many of these deals. I have another coming up later this month. The couple usually have different agendas. It is a slippery slope.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 3 years ago

It is indeed a slippery slope and one we recommend be done with a team...but that's another blog !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (Keller Williams 414-525-0563) almost 3 years ago

Sally: Not the best of situations to be in but divorce is definitely part of society so it is sure to be a big player in real estate too.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) almost 3 years ago

Almost never a pleasant thing to see two have disagreements and entanglements that impede progress. A great agent knows it will take time but staying cool most of the time see it through.

Posted by Frank Castaldini, Realtor - Homes for Sale in San Francisco (Coldwell Banker ) almost 3 years ago

Interesting post.  I can understand the court appointing a real estate licensee to sell the property, but not just one single name - that would be unheard of.  My sense is that the court would have a "pool" of licensees that they select from - and have very strict oversight.  

Posted by Virtual Realty Consultants, Making the American Dream a Reality (Virtual Realty Consultants LLC) almost 3 years ago

No-one wants to go to court. Unfortunately if the parties cannot agree and the expert advice of their Realtor is not followed, it sometimes becomes necessary. And if the Realtor is not providing a current market analysis to show the VALUE of the property, maybe he/she should be fired.

Posted by Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS, Front Gate Realty ~ 601-991-2900 Office (Front Gate Real Estate) almost 3 years ago

Listing a house where the sellers are going through marital issues is very difficult to handle.  You must be a saint to take charge of it.

Posted by Sham Reddy, CRS (H E R Realty, Dayton, OH) almost 3 years ago

Well Virtual Realty Consultants...the reality is that we don't need "strict supervision" we have a track record, repuatation and credibility with the legal community....and in state there are few...we are the only in Wisconsin...agents trained specifically in divorce and undestanding that is very different from a traditional transaction.  No need for a pool wthout qualified agents who choose to dive in only because they want a listing but are trained with divorcing couples.

   Yes Pat Starnes...other Realtors have been fired by the court system or upon the advice of both lawyers when they are dragging out the listing at a higher price than the market will accept.

   Sainthood is probably not in our future Sham Reddy   though that goes to the point that few Realtors have the experience or training to handle this kind of situation.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (Keller Williams 414-525-0563) almost 3 years ago

From past experience I know these types of listings are quite the challenge. Hats off to you for specializing in this niche business, sticking with it, and being the "go to" agents in your area!

Posted by Stefanie Cohen, PA, ABR, SFR, "I Love to Sell Real Estate and it Shows" (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty) almost 3 years ago

Divorce sales are always complicated. I've only done a few of them over the past several years and luckily both parties were pretty cordial considering the circumstances. 

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty (Zion Realty) almost 3 years ago

I can see where this is a very specialized niche and sadly much needed.  Kudos for you guys for filling this need.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury) almost 3 years ago

Sally and David I did not know that the courts would order that, I learned something new. 

But what I do know is that it is obviously always the Reator's/Agent's fault ...... LOL

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) almost 3 years ago

Handling a delicate situation like this is certainly best left to the ones with experience!

Posted by Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954) almost 3 years ago

Interesting niche. No drama, right?  This week I called an Expired  Listing. The ex- husband answered and said the home has been on the market for 2 years and he does not know why it has not sold. He is not living there and added that she is getting 84% of his income. I felt his pain. Can understand why the home has not sold.   The home was very overpriced. Who want's to leave luxury until it's absolutely necessary as this is part of the divorce settlement.

Posted by Janice Hope Zaltman Realtor,LEED AP (United Realty Group) almost 3 years ago

And your professionalism is why.  This niche didn't happen overnight.  But reputation speaks volumes!

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) almost 3 years ago

Well Janice of the first things you learn when you work in divoce is that you can't believe everything you hear...every spouse has the "done me wrong song"....I know every chorus !


  Thank you Carla Muss-Jacobs...we work with it,  on it and in it all the time and it continues to expand as we do !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (Keller Williams 414-525-0563) almost 3 years ago

That's an interesting niche market! I'll bet it can be rewarding and frustrating at the same time.

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) almost 3 years ago

Yes Margaret Woda it has it's "moments" !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (Keller Williams 414-525-0563) almost 3 years ago

Congrats Sally on your featured blog, hopefully you can keep them coming, topics that are featured take blogging talent!

Posted by Vick The Broker . (Olympus Executive Realty INC.) almost 3 years ago

Divorce or not the Hanson team is the one to call....

Posted by Bob Ratliff, "Sold on Bob" (CB Stagecoach ) almost 3 years ago

Hi Sally.  Taking the emotion out these situations takes real talent.  You have it

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) almost 3 years ago

When the divorce sale gets tough, the tough go to Sally K. & David L. Hanson !

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) almost 3 years ago

That is an interesting niche, and must also be challenging at times. I have the same question as Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner #6. What kind of certification is applicable to this type of work?

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, almost 3 years ago

You certainly can't believe everything you hear. This is a unique niche to be in and I commend you on your expertise.

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) almost 3 years ago

I  have had my share of divorced listings.  They are more difficult to navigate but I try to listen and adapt my approach to what they need. Just like a estate sale there is a process sometimes to help them let go and move on.

Posted by Amy Gutschow, Professional Real Estate (RE/MAX) almost 3 years ago

This is an unusual niche. My husband and I would be qualified in this specialty, as we have both been divorced and my parents were divorced. We well know what they are going through.

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) almost 3 years ago

You would certainly have the empathy....getting the training...building the

relationships..feel free to all us Sharon Alters if you would like to explore it further.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (Keller Williams 414-525-0563) almost 3 years ago

God bless you guys!  I've helped enough people through divorce to know that the real estate end is not always pretty.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 3 years ago

Thank you Patricia Kennedy....the best part of working in divorce, is seeing the newly single people in a year or two when they have gotten on with their lives and ready to start life again with enthusiasm and a positive attitude.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (Keller Williams 414-525-0563) almost 3 years ago

What you do has to be so've cornered the market too, but earned it I am sure.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 3 years ago

I made my divorce very simalar to his.  Life is to short and with kids why make them suffer the anger we could have

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) almost 3 years ago

This is a challenging niche for sure.  I used to volunteer as a marital mediator.. unfortunately, I saw too many folks like the ones you are describing.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) almost 3 years ago

Yikes! I'd find the way to the door quickly. I had a client tell me they were a loser and as a**hole when we signed initial disclosures. I really wasn't sure what to think and looking back it was a sign I shouldn't have worked with them. Problems ensued that I was not prepared to handle. Beware of people who say the above and what you ran into. Time to refer to another person, Next!

Posted by Chris Mamone, Loan Officer (Mortgage Master Service Corporation) almost 3 years ago

Divorce is ugly and more prevalent now more than ever...

Posted by Raul Rodriguez, Looking out for the client's interest and not my p (Covenant Partners Realty) almost 3 years ago

Sally K. & David L. Hanson I guess, with what you mentioned, the 'nice guy' has to take strong steps to make sure, the home sale is with RIGHT agent, like you!

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) almost 3 years ago

Hello and congratulations on your featured blog post! Well done and hope to see you have many more featured post.

Posted by Mery Fernandez Empire Network Realty Luxury Brokerage, The Rise of An Empire, Let's Build Yours! (Empire Network Realty INC.) almost 3 years ago