Keeping The House After A Divorce: How The 6/36 Rule Affects Your Ability To Qualify
Once you and your spouse decide to split, you’ll have many issues to work out: not the least of which is deciding what to do with the family home. If you have children together, one of you could make a strong argument for staying on and raising the kids in what is possibly the only […]
Advocating For Your Divorcing Client: Can The CDRE Represent Opposing Counsel’s Client Too?
As a successful Bay Area divorce attorney, you’d never violate the State Bar’s Rules of Professional Conduct by trying to represent both spouses during a divorce case. It’s a decision you simply wouldn’t make. Real estate agents, however, abide by a slightly different set of rules. The average agent can, and sometimes does, legally represent both sides […]
Preparing for a Divorce Sale: Appraising Property
Property values can vary widely, especially in the Bay Area. To appraise your divorcing client’s home accurately, it’s helpful to know the difference between an appraisal, a CMA, and Zillow’s Zestimate value tool. Here’s an overview of appraisal types, plus a few tips to keep in mind: Appraisal: Performed by a certified appraiser, this official evaluation […]
Real Property Division: Calculating Equity
Clients often ask for a Fair Market Valuation to establish their property’s value and calculate the equity they’ve built in their homes. They don’t seem to realize that fair market value is only part of the picture. Without considering several additional key metrics, a miscalculation of true equity is almost guaranteed. Here’s what to look for when […]

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