Determining the Value of Real Property in the Midst of Divorce

Apr 26, 2021

When divorcing couples decide to call it quits one of the first things they think about is ‘what to do with the marital home?’. Should we sell it? Will one of us keep it? What’s it worth?

Obviously, assessing the value of the marital home and other real estate owned in a divorce is a big deal in the settlement process. The question is how to best determine the value.

How do we determine the value of the real property? Should we have an appraisal done or should we ask a real estate professional? It actually depends on what you might do with the property so understanding the difference between an appraisal and a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) is important.

The two most common methods for assessing the value of real estate are obtaining an appraisal from a licensed appraiser or having a real estate professional provide a CMA— but what’s the difference between the two? To start, both methods are an opinion of value and no two will ever give you the same...

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Divorce Mortgage Planning in Motion

Apr 18, 2021

What is Divorce Mortgage Planning and how can a CDLP™ bring value to the professional divorce team?

Divorce Mortgage Planning is a holistic approach to the process of evaluating mortgage options in the context of the overall financial objectives as they relate to divorcing situations. The role of the CDLP™ is to help integrate the mortgage selected into the overall long and short-term financial and investment goals, to help minimize taxes, to minimize interest expense, and maximize cash flow.

Take a traditional IRA for example:

  • Sam is retaining the marital home valued at $500,000.
  • Mary is awarded Sam's traditional IRA valued at $500,000.

While the 'equal' exchange of marital assets may seem fair and equitable on paper, it may not be. The marital home comes with the opportunity of future appreciation while the traditional IRA not only comes with appreciation but the possibility of a future tax liability when Mary starts withdrawing...

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CDLP™s Can Play A Positive Role In Client Divorces

Apr 12, 2021

How do you divorce the mortgage - or the house, for that matter? That is a question asked of many Certified Divorce Lending Professionals (CDLP™).

Though a CDLP™ deals with all levels of divorcing homeowners, the more variables involved in a divorce case, the more complicated it can be. Many times a CDLP™ will face divorcing clients, both men and women, who are ill-prepared financially to obtain mortgage financing - even when the final settlement agreement states that one spouse is to refinance the marital property.

Certified Divorce Lending Professionals can help in these situations by spotting red flags through the divorce mortgage planning process and helping divorcing homeowners make a more informed decision regarding their overall mortgage and home equity solutions. 

When the case involves both real property and mortgage financing, it also involves much more than the simple disposition of the property. The ability for either spouse to obtain...

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Your Equal Credit Opportunity Rights When Applying For Credit When Divorcing

Apr 05, 2021

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, enforces the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), which prohibits credit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, age, or because you get public assistance.

The law provides protections when you deal with any organizations or people who regularly extend credit, including banks, small loan, and finance companies, retail and department stores, credit card companies, and credit unions.  Everyone who participates in the decision to grant credit or in setting the terms of that credit must comply with ECOA.

When You Apply for Credit, Creditors May Not...

  • Discourage you from applying or reject your application because of your race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, age, or because you receive public assistance.
  • Impose different terms or conditions, like a higher interest rate or higher fees, on a loan based on your race, color,...
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Are you thinking about paying cash for your new home purchase?

Mar 29, 2021

Divorce can be intricate, tricky, and emotionally overwhelming. When you have to relocate, find new housing and decide to rent or purchase a new home, you pile on additional tasks and frustration.

Many divorcing spouses understand the financial benefits of owning a home rather than renting. While obtaining mortgage financing on any given day may oftentimes involve a lot of paperwork and challenges, doing so during a divorce may seem overwhelming and out of reach for many.

For many reasons, divorcing clients may decide to purchase a new home with cash rather than obtaining mortgage financing. New home buyers who are in a position to pay cash for their new home need to make sure it is not only the right decision financially but that you protect your ability to use the mortgage interest deduction on future mortgages.

The mortgage interest deduction is divided into two categories: Acquisition and Home Equity Indebtedness. Acquisition Indebtedness is any mortgage obtained to either...

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Managing Joint Debt and Consumer Credit During Divorce

Mar 14, 2021

While the majority of divorcing consumers have an understanding of credit, unfortunately, there are still those whose spouses ‘took care of all that stuff’ and they truly do not have the experience of working with credit and bill paying.

Understanding the makeup of your credit score is the first step towards managing and improving it.

As you might expect, payment history is the most influential component and this is followed closely by the amounts owed. To lesser degrees, the length of time that you’ve utilized credit, the number of new accounts or inquiries that may have and the various types of credit accounts that you hold will also have an impact on your score.

The overall importance of any of these factors can be further influenced by the entirety of the information contained in your consumer credit report. As such, certain patterns, occurrences or items can be measured differently depending on any other factor or combination. There can be...

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