Laurel Starks

Divorce Real Estate Expert, Ilumni Institute Founder and President

Laurel Starks is a recognized court-appointed expert in family law cases involving real estate matters. Her specialization in divorce real estate has led to over $200 million in sales in Southern California.  In addition, Laurel is regarded as the pioneer of the divorce real estate niche by her peers.

Laurel has advised, consulted, and testified in hundreds of divorce cases, facilitating the sale of real property, as well as providing fair market valuation reports and testimony. She is also a featured speaker at national events on real estate in family law. Attorneys, judges, and other legal professionals rely on Laurel’s knowledge, as well as her ability to explain complex real estate matters.

The Ilumni Institute was founded to train and equip real estate professionals. Ilumni members are Certified Divorce Real Estate Experts (CDREs ) highly skilled in the nuances of divorce. A CDRE is an expert in the crossover between real estate and family law. A CDRE is also one of many experts that attorneys and clients rely on to resolve their cases.

Visit to learn more about what a Certified Divorce Real Estate Expert (CDRE) can do for you.  If you're looking for a CDRE in Southern California, check out the Starks Realty Group.

Laurel Starks Divorce Real Estate Specialist on Kincrew Radio
The House Matters by Laurel Starks CDRE

The House Matters in Divorce: Untangling the Legal, Financial & Emotional Ties Before You Sign On the Dotted Line 

Amazon rating: 4.7 Stars
In a divorce, deciding what to do with the house can become a source of strife, confusion, and financial ruin. Most are unprepared for the legal and financial ramifications about keeping or selling their home--their most important financial asset. Divorce is stressful enough by itself. In the midst of other traumas, many divorcing people discover that they aren't just married to a spouse--they're also tied to their home and a mortgage, too. Their most financially and emotionally important asset can become a source of strife, confusion, anxiety--and all too often, financial ruin.
As they discover, it's not enough to divorce their former partner; they must divorce the house--a treacherous process, fraught with risks and unexpected challenges. Navigating it successfully requires expert help--and the kind of practical information provided in this book. Few people fully understand the complexities of real estate transactions, let alone their long-term ramifications. These matters take on even greater weight when they occur in the context of a wrenching, perhaps acrimonious breakup.

The House Matters in Divorce is a comprehensive guide written by an expert in divorce real estate that addresses all these issues, from the emotional impact to the dollars-and-cents details. It provides a framework of knowledge that will empower divorcing spouses to emerge financially sound and prepared for the future.

The result is a well-rounded view of what divorcing partners can expect, and concrete advice on how to manage the process.