By Jack Hojnar and Cathy Reilly, Enata Homes
I recently spoke at a conference where attendees lined up at the microphone to ask questions about my presentation when someone asked, "What is the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome?"
Without hesitation, I replied, "my divorce." This response caught the audience off guard with many showing confusion. However, my divorce was undeniably the most significant challenge I had ever faced.
My business and life partner, Cathy Reilly, had a similar experience with her divorce, which was one of her most profound life challenges. Regardless of how amicable or tumultuous divorce proceedings can be, transitioning from a shared life to an unknown future is incredibly daunting. You're left wondering, "now what?"
Divorce raises numerous questions: What about the children? Who can you confide in? How will you manage finances? What will your dating life look like? Perhaps the most pressing question is: Where will you live?
Cathy and I had to grapple with these very questions in our own lives. Before we found each other, we had been in long marriages, raised children, gone through divorces, and were left to start anew. Recognizing that the process of selling and buying a home during such a transition can be profoundly emotional, we established Enata Homes to move away from a purely transactional approach.
We believe that our business is built on the relationships we forge and the unique experiences we bring to the table, not just in real estate but also in dealing with divorce. This is why we proudly sponsor and collaborate with Family Mediation Center and Hansen & Hildebrand's mediation practice, a decision that was not coincidental but based on personal experience. We firmly support the joint process of mediation, making it a natural choice to be part of this remarkable network.
For those embarking on a similar journey, our combined expertise in real estate and divorce has led us to develop a checklist for divorced home sellers and buyers:
The journey through divorce can be unnerving and daunting. Selecting the right business partners, whether they're mediation lawyers, accountants, or real estate professionals, is crucial. Surround yourself with those who are both experts in their fields and empathetic to the life-altering impact of divorce.
Cathy and I are here to assist you in transitioning from your current living situation to a fresh start, even though it may seem challenging. Please know that we've traversed a similar path in some way and are here to support you.