You should know that divorce is one of the pirmary reasons prooperty is sold, the other major rwo being death and illness. it is likely that finding a Realtor in your area who has some experience will not be too challenging.
I do want to give a caution to market evaluations. I do not know your market. However, know that if you do have three or four "Estimates of Fair Market Value" completed it is likely that they will vary. I urge you to be conservative in your selection of Realtors. Their ability to market you property effectively and also deal with you and your wife are going to be key factors.
Truthfully we do not set the price. The market sets the price. We expose the property to the market, the market then sets the price by the buyers and their Realtors that show and make offers on the property.
One key point is the fact that NO ONE needs to know why you are selling. When I deal with a client in your position I discuss two needs for a successful transaction: I need to thave both parties ready, willing, and able to work together. Once we decide to work as a team, then it is business, period. Also, I will not share with anyone the reason for sale. IMHO should a buyer find out it could hurt your bargaining power.
In my view these qualities are much more important than who has the highest price.
I am sorry about the situation you are going through at this time. I am an agent in Illinois. I would be happy to get you the information that you are looking for. I can run a comparative market analysis. This would show what the homes in your area are listed for now and what they have actually sold for in the past several months. With this information you can make sure that your home is priced to sell as fast as possible in the current market. Please email me if you would like to talk further about this.
That is a difficult situation and I'm sorry you're going through it. Each divorce situation is different. It really depends on the atmosphere around and parties involved in the divorce.
We recently had a client in a similar situation that we provided a market analysis for and because the atmosphere was somewhat civil they and their attorneys were able to come to an agreement without leaving that decision to the court.
I don't know the details of your situation but one option may be to provide your wife's attorney (if you have an attorney please seek their advise first) with a list of respected agents and respectfully request that you mutually select 3 or 4 agents to provide a market analysis for you. If you can come to some sort of agreement on how to proceed with valuing the property you may avoid the unfortunate, but common fight many divorcing couples go through of pitting one agentâ€™s research against anotherâ€™s.
You're going through enough with this situation as it is. If you can get this aspect of your divorce done peacefully it will save you both a lot of stress.
I hope that helps,