Ready for a Divorce? Your House Isn’t

“She might not get the price she wants, she may not even get near the price she wanted had she sold it two or three years ago.”

Under their 2005 separation agreement, Tipheny DelPrado was supposed to assume the mortgage on the couple’s three-bedroom Virginia home. Glenn Kelman, the chief executive of the realty Web site, said he knew of one couple who, while waiting for their home to sell, started to talk about reconciling.

Last month, median house prices saw their largest annual decline in nearly a decade, while sales for single-family homes nationwide dropped 2 percent, according to the National Association of Realtors. But the legal battle between the two didn’t begin to wind down until this month, and the housing slump may be partly to blame.

“If she really wanted to sell the house, she would have to do anything it took to sell it,” Thomas said. Thomas, the lawyer for David DelPrado.

For Sale, Please!

“While their house sits on the market, maybe in that time there’ll be a few people who remember why they loved their spouse so much in the first place,” he said.

But such happy endings are rare, and even couples who split amicably can find that selling their homes turns into a nightmare.

The DelPrados may represent an extreme case, but they’re far from the only divorcing couple coping with housing woes. a divorce that it’s going to be harder to sell the house, in many cases it’s going to sell more slowly.”

Tipheny DelPrado did not respond to requests for an interview.

“They’re under great pressure to make a sale,” she said. As shrinking home values, slow home sales and the credit crunch take their toll on American homeowners, splitting couples seeking to sell property might find themselves in a tougher spot than most.

Sooho said that couples, for instance, may disagree on how to price their homes.

The couple reached an agreement earlier this month that kept Tipheny DelPrado out of jail: If she fails to sell or refinance the home by mid-July, she’ll have to give it to her ex-husband.

“It’s always complicated when people own a house, live in a house together and they need to get a divorce,” said Lee Borden, a divorce lawyer in Birmingham, Ala. For her, that meant either refinancing the mortgage or selling the house.. Divorce lawyers and real estate agents say that more and more of their clients have found their divorces snarled by the struggles they face in selling their homes.

“It’s an enormous financial drain, and even for people who have a lot of goodwill between them, it’s probably taking a toll on their health as well as their finances,” said Sharon Sooho, a Massachusetts lawyer and a co-founder of

“The housing market has just made it harder for people to make quickfire decisions and say ‘I want out’ and then get out,” Kelman said.

David and Tipheny DelPrado divorced in 2006. “But the market is slow and if they keep reducing the price, sometimes the sale price may go below the [level of] the outstanding loan.”

Tipheny DelPrado argued that the poor housing market was keeping her from making a sale, but that didn’t stop a judge from threatening to put her in jail on a charge of contempt of court, said J.B. “It’s getting more complicated now because they both know going into ..

Posted July 22nd, 2015 in Uncategorized.

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