Divorce and Real Estate

Certified Divorce Real Estate Expert (CDRE™)

A Message from Melinda Elmer, CDRE

While maintaining a commitment to cultivating a warm and professional environment, I am acutely aware of the emotional and financial challenges experienced by homeowners navigating divorce. Serving as a neutral 3rd party and a dedicated Certified Divorce Real Estate Expert, I possess a unique ability to empathize with and understand the complexities involved. My role allows me to guide and empower divorcing spouses in real estate matters, facilitating the sale of their homes with impartiality and unwavering support.

What is a Certified Divorce Real Estate Agent?

A Certified Divorce Real Estate Expert (CDRE™) is a REALTOR who has undergone a rigorous certification program led by attorneys, mediators, certified mortgage professionals, real estate professionals, and judicial officers. Acting as a vital link between real estate and family law, a CDRE is skilled at preventing and resolving real estate disputes that may arise within family law cases. Attorneys and clients alike rely on a CDRE to assist in navigating their cases.

The Importance of Neutrality

In a typical real estate transaction involving a family, the sellers often share common goals. However, when divorce becomes a factor, the sellers may have conflicting objectives and find themselves at odds. Effective communication becomes notably challenging. Given the multifaceted perspectives involved, maintaining neutrality becomes paramount. A CDRE trained in divorce proceedings actively listens to both parties, remains impartial, identifies points of leverage, and devises a strategy to facilitate the sale of the house. This intricate role demands a skill set that conventional real estate agents, lawyers, therapists, family members, and friends typically lack the expertise to navigate.

CDRE vs. Traditional Realtor

In contrast to a conventional realtor lacking divorce process training and proficiency in dispute resolution and negotiation, a CDRE ensures swift and lucrative sale of the property while minimizing collateral damage, all the while providing clear communication throughout the transaction and complying with legal processes as needed. Specifically, a CDRE brings the following competencies and training to the forefront when handling divorce-related matters:

  • Strong negotiation skills
  • In-depth knowledge of real estate procedures, intricacies, and contracts
  • Accreditation as a Court-Appointed Expert
  • Completion of a comprehensive multi-month divorce real estate training program
  • Familiarity with divorce legal procedures
  • Ability to provide testimony
  • Membership in the DREI™ network of experts with ongoing education in divorce real estate matters
  • Proficiency in dispute resolution related to divorce real estate
  • Methodical approach to attorney communication
  • Coordination among attorneys, courts, and enforcement entities for order execution
  • Preparedness to testify, compile reports, and maintain systematic documentation for court submission with credible testimony
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Thank you for visiting our website dedicated to Divorce and Real Estate. At The Elmer Team, we understand the challenges and complexities that can arise during divorce proceedings, especially when it involves real estate matters. As Certified Divorce Real Estate Experts, we are committed to providing professional guidance, expert knowledge, and compassionate support to help you navigate this transitional phase with confidence.


Whether you're a divorcing homeowner, attorney, or real estate professional seeking assistance in real estate transactions within the context of divorce, we are here to help. Our comprehensive services, backed by rigorous training and experience, ensure that your real estate needs are handled with the utmost care and attention to detail.


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