Real Estate

Real Estate Concerns

  • When real estate issues arise they can be daunting.
  • Remember, you are not the first widow to face this situation.
  • It is always recommended that you consult an attorney and licensed real estate agent when dealing with real estate issues.

Choosing a Real Estate Agent

  • You are in a vulnerable state, and you need unemotional professionalism at this time.
  • Be cautious when considering a family member or relative who is an agent – they may also be grieving the loss of your husband, and you may react differently to grief.
  • Sometimes relatives think what’s best for you is what would make them feel better, when in fact, that is not what is best for you at the moment.
  • There is power and freedom in being able to separate your emotions from the work being done on your behalf.
  • It is always good to be able to say “no”, or “not now”, without having to worry about offending the person representing you.

Real Estate Issues

  • If the issue involves the risk of missing mortgage payments due to the loss of your husband’s income, contact your mortgage holder immediately and explain the situation.
  • Most mortgage companies prefer to work with you to be able to keep your house rather than lose it.
  • Have an open mind to alternative payment plans and options.
  • If possible, try to avoid having financial issues determine whether you stay in your house or not.
  • It is best to wait at least one year before making a decision of this magnitude.
  • It is always best to make the decision on your terms, rather than the mortgage holder’s terms.

If You Decide to Sell

  • Your real estate agent will help you put your best foot forward, including staging, making needed repairs, understanding market conditions, and the best time to sell.
  • If any, or all, of these are not proactively addressed by your agent, or if you feel rushed or pressured to sell your home, you should find a different agent.

Real Estate Agents – Minnesota

  • Bill Hartman & Patti Walerius
    • Company: Re/Max Advantage Plus
    • Location: Maple Grove
    • Phone: Bill Hartman 612-719-5425
    • Phone: Patti Walerius 612-508-4356
  • Zach Skattum
    • Peterson Skattum Realty Group – with ReMax Advantage Plus
    • Location: 13875 HWY 13 S, Ste 100, Savage, MN 55378
    • Phone: 651-485-4550
    • Email:

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There is power and freedom in being able to separate your emotions from the work being done on your behalf