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Should I Just Sell my home to My Spouse if I Don’t Have the Money to Buy Them Out?

September 04, 20233 min read

Introduction:

Divorce or separation brings with it several significant decisions, particularly when shared assets like a home are involved. A common quandary is whether to sell the family home to one's spouse, especially if one doesn’t have the financial capacity to buy the other out. If you find yourself facing this dilemma, this article will weigh the pros and cons to help you make an informed choice.

The Case for Selling to Your Spouse

1. Swift Resolution:

Selling to your spouse can lead to a quicker, more straightforward resolution, circumventing the potential delays and stresses of putting the property on the open market. For many, a quick sale can be a vital step towards emotional closure.  Just ensure you are doing this in a hasty manner.  Sometimes the spouse with the money, and I have seen this many times, will bully the spouse without a lot of resources into an offer to get them to accept unfavorable terms. 

2. Financial Relief:

If you're strapped for cash, selling your share can provide immediate liquidity. This might be beneficial if you need to clear joint debts or require funds for a new place to live.

3. Familiarity for Children:

If you have children, selling to your spouse may allow them to continue living in the family home, ensuring stability in their routines and avoiding the emotional turmoil of moving.

Potential Downsides of Selling to Your Spouse

1. Potential Undervaluation:

There's a possibility that the house's value agreed upon between spouses may not reflect its true market value. Without a competitive market process or a professional valuation, you might sell your share for less than it's worth.

2. Emotional Strings:

While selling to your spouse offers closure in some respects, it might also prolong emotional ties. The house represents shared memories, and knowing your ex-spouse still resides there might delay emotional healing.

3. Future Regrets:

Property values fluctuate. If the home's value rises significantly in the future, you might regret not holding onto your share or not selling it on the open market.

Key Considerations Before Making a Decision about selling your home to your spouse: 

1. Get a Professional Valuation:

Before agreeing on any price, get the home professionally appraised. This ensures that you're informed about its current market value and can negotiate a fair deal.  A professional appraisers could cost you between $500 to $750 in British Columbia.  The best practice would be to get three sperate evaluations.

2. Think Long-Term:

It's easy to be swayed by immediate financial needs but remember to consider the long-term implications. Factor in potential property appreciation, tax implications, and your financial goals.

3. Legal Formalities:

Ensure all agreements are legally documented. Consult with a lawyer to draft a clear sales agreement that outlines the terms of sale, the price, and any other relevant conditions.

4. Emotional Well-being:

Consider the emotional implications of the sale. While certain decisions make financial sense, they may not be the best for your emotional well-being. It's essential to strike a balance.

5. Explore Alternatives:

If you’re hesitant about selling to your spouse but lack funds for a buyout, explore other alternatives. This might include renting out the home and sharing the income, seeking a home equity loan, or agreeing to a delayed buyout.

Conclusion

The decision to sell your share of a home to your spouse during a divorce or separation isn't black and white. It’s influenced by a myriad of factors, both financial and emotional. While selling can provide immediate financial relief and simplify the separation process, it's crucial to ensure you're not undervaluing your share or making a decision you might later regret.

Remember, every situation is unique. Consider your circumstances, consult professionals, and prioritize both your financial stability and emotional well-being. Whether you choose to sell to your spouse or explore other avenues, make sure it’s a decision that aligns with your long-term goals and provides peace of mind.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly at 778 881 6781.

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