About Starks Realty Group
Starks Realty Group is a purpose-driven team dedicated to empowering homeowners going through divorce. Led by Laurel Starks, court-appointed Realtor and founder of the Certified Divorce Real Estate Expert (CDRE™) certification, SRG lives and breathes in the divorce real estate landscape.
We know our clients are dealing with the most complex financial and emotional transactions of their lives. We believe handling these transactions with expertise, neutrality, consistent communication, and empathy has a profound effect on our clients’ ability to start their next chapter and unlock their new normal.
We have our clients’ backs — even when they don’t know it or can’t see it. We know they are fighting another fight (whatever that may look like) as they transition out of their marriage. We are committed to advocating for our clients to maximize the value of their homes — not just for the here and now, but for their futures.
Meet The Team
Divorce Listing Expert
Field Services Agent
Code of Ethics
A Court-Appointed Realtor is an active Realtor who has an expanded duty to the Court, over and above their fiduciary duty defined by California’s Civil Code and the ethical standards set forth by the National Association of Realtors.
Sometimes, the Court will appoint a Realtor in a family law case to list and sell the property as the Court’s Expert under Evidence Code §730.
Laurel Starks was the pioneer of the role of a Court-Appointed Realtor. She has created her own Stipulation for Appointment and a Code of Ethics for her own practice that she abides by when she is Court Appointed.
SRG is an independent third party with no vested interest in the outcome for either side.
We are completely transparent about the listing and sales process and all matters that impact the sale.
We fiercely protect all private information that does not impact the sale (such as phone numbers, email addresses, schedules, or personal circumstances that arise).
We maintain protocols for restrained out-spouses who request access to the property.
No Dual Agency
We do not engage in dual agency, which means that we do not represent buyers in our listings. Our duty will be to the seller(s) only.
SRG does not provide referral fees or kickbacks to attorneys representing our clients.
Arm’s Length Transaction
We'll never have a vested interest in the buyer or the buyer’s agent, and will not buy the listing for personal or investment purposes. Further, we will not represent one party in another transaction during the listing and sales process.
The best interest of the family is always more important than the sale itself.
Laurel Starks is a recognized expert in divorce real estate, often regarded by her peers as the pioneer of the niche. As an active Realtor for more than 15 years, she has maintained her status as a Top 1% Realtor in the nation for the past decade.
Ms. Starks is an experienced expert witness and trained neutral in family law cases involving real estate matters. In addition to facilitating the sale of real property, she advises, consults, and testifies in complex cases, and provides fair market valuations, including those for Moore Marsden calculations.
Recognizing the uniqueness of listing properties in divorce, Ms. Starks formulated a specialized approach to the divorce listing process that anticipates, prevents, and mitigates conflict, thereby streamlining efficiency and maximizing the value of properties she sells through her role as a neutral listing agent.
The published author of The House Matters in Divorce, Ms. Starks is also a speaker and writer for state and national family law and real estate organizations. In fact, she is founder of the certification for divorce real estate experts (CDRE™), the program that trains, mentors, and standardizes the role of divorce real estate experts nationwide.
SRG Success Stories
"I have been in courts and her name's come up. The judges and the judicial officers know her, and the attorneys in the area know her reputation and her knowledge. To have her on your team to sell the house is a huge advantage."
Family Law Attorney
Everything you need to know about working with us
We get it. You have so many questions when it comes to choosing a Realtor to work with, especially if you’re going through a divorce. Below are questions our clients have asked in the past. If you have any other questions we haven’t included below, or need clarification on how we can work with you, we’re happy to answer! Schedule a call and we’ll get it sorted out.
Why do you specialize in real estate matters in divorce cases?
What do you charge?
How is working with you different than working with a non-specialist?
By having more experience in divorce listings than probably any other agent in the country, we often identify problems a mile ahead. Very simple things, such as our intake process and showing coordination, keep a listing on its tracks, whereas applying regular listing practices almost always complicates and delays a situation.
Are you certified?
Will I have to speak with my ex during the process?
Do you communicate with my attorney?
What if there is a restraining order?
How will you market my home?
Do you have cash investors that can buy my house as-is?
Do you have a minimum or maximum price point you require?
Do you list vacant land or commercial properties?
Will you help me find a rental house?
Yes. Our office has a department that handles securing rental properties for our clients. They will assist with preparing a strong application, searching for properties both on and off the market, setting up tours, ensuring the listing is not fraudulent or in foreclosure, and coordinating movers or other services you may need.
Will you help me find a house to buy?
Are you familiar with the courts and do you testify?
What areas do you serve?
We serve the greater Inland Empire. We also have a network of Certified Divorce Real Estate Experts throughout California and the nation, should you have a property located outside of our service area.