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How to handle home equity in a Florida divorce

On Behalf of | Jul 11, 2022 | Divorce

When you and your husband or wife bought a Florida home together during your marriage, but then decide to split up, you need to figure out what to do with any equity you have amassed in the home since your purchase. You have several options in terms of how to handle the home equity you currently share, but most people in your shoes decide to handle it in one of several specific ways.

According to NerdWallet, one of the first things you should do when you know you are divorcing is have someone do an appraisal to give you a sense of the value of your property and how much equity you have in it. Then, once you have a sense of its worth, consider taking one of the following steps.

Sell the house

Unless one of you feels a deep attachment to the marital home, it may make things easier on everyone if you put it on the market. Then, when it sells, you may split any profits you make between you, giving each of you something to work with while you find a new place to live.

Have one of you refinance the house

If one of you does want to keep the home and the other does not object, a good solution would be to have that person refinance the mortgage into just his or her name. In doing so the new loan taken out replaces the old mortgage debt and gives the party who wants to stay a chance to buy out the other party’s share in the home.

Sometimes, due to market conditions, mortgage rates or other factors, it makes sense to hold off before selling or refinancing until conditions improve.