Can I Force a Sale of a Jointly Owned Property?

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We often come across properties that are owned by more than one person. This can range from two people to multiple individuals. More often than not, these properties create scenarios where decisions are tough to make, and actions even harder to initiate. One such decision is when you want to force a sale of a jointly owned property.

What Does Jointly Owned Property Mean?

Before we dive into the nitty-gritty, let’s understand what it means to have a jointly owned property. In simplest terms, a jointly owned property is one that’s owned by more than one person.

The owners can be two individuals or even a group. Each person involved has their rights to the property. Consequently, any significant decision about the property, such as selling it, requires agreement from all parties involved.

The Challenges of Selling a Jointly Owned Property

When you decide to sell a jointly owned property, you may face a few hurdles. A major one is getting everyone on board. You need every owner’s agreement to sell the property. If one party wants to sell while the other doesn’t, it’s not possible to push through the sale. Hence, getting a consensus can often be a challenging endeavor.

Distance is No Barrier to Sale

A common misconception is that all owners must be physically present for the sale. However, the reality is different. With the evolution of technology and professional closing services, it is possible to sell a property remotely.

If an owner is out of the country or state, they can sign the required documents remotely through video or web conferencing. As long as everyone is in agreement, the geographical location of an owner doesn’t hinder the sale.

Overcoming Obstacles: Compromises and Agreements

What if one party isn’t amicable to the sale? The best route in this situation is to arrive at a compromise. This usually implies finding a financial arrangement that pleases all parties. An effective compromise can include splitting the proceeds from the sale or compensating the unamenable party to facilitate their agreement to the sale.

Legal Tools to Aid the Process

When an owner isn’t accessible or incapacitated, but they’ve agreed to the sale, legal instruments such as Powers of Attorney can be helpful. These tools allow a party to sign on behalf of the other, ensuring that the sale goes through smoothly. However, it is crucial to remember that such steps are viable only when there is an agreement in place.

Assisting You Through the Process

Our role is to help you ask the right questions, craft clear statements, and guide you through the complexities of selling a jointly owned property. We aim to create an environment that fosters agreement among all parties involved. The ultimate goal is to ensure that the sale is in everyone’s best interest.


To wrap up, selling a jointly owned property can be a complex process. However, with the right information and assistance, you can navigate it with relative ease. Remember, forcing a sale requires consensus, compromise, and often the aid of legal tools.

Feel free to contact us if you need help in this process. We’re here to guide you every step of the way, ensuring that you navigate this complex terrain with confidence and ease. Let us help you turn the complex into the simple!


Eric Scheele

Owner & CEO