Molly Buttleman

Certified Divorce Specialist (CDS®)


What is a Certified Divorce Specialist (CDS®)?

A CDS® has completed the Certified Divorce Specialist Program - a comprehensive training for professionals in various industries who wish to provide better services to their divorcing clients. 
The CDS® curriculum consists of specialized communication skills training to help foster a successful and productive professional/client relationship. It also highlights specific legal, financial, mental health, and real estate information that are integral to the divorce process. Giving the professional a holistic understanding of their client's experience. 

What does this mean for divorcing clients?

This means that as a CDS® alumnus, I've gone above and beyond to make sure I'm equipped with the unique skills and divorce-specific information to manage a better experience for all parties involved. 

A note for you from Molly

Let's face it. Buying or selling a home in the Traverse City area is hard. Add in the stress and confusion of a divorce, and it becomes 10 times harder. Hire a real estate agent who's never worked a divorce before, and it becomes 20 times harder. The good news is that is doesn't have to be. 
Throughout my 12 years working full-time as an agent in Traverse City, I have helped many clients smoothly navigate the tricky process of buying or selling a home after a divorce. Many of them have said that after their families, friends, and attorneys, they valued my help most of all. 
My 12 years of experience can help de-stress buying or selling after a divorce.
Here are a few things I've learned over the years to help make real estate transactions after a divorce close with as little stress as possible:

New agents are often too hungry to close a deal to guide you through the process smoothly. They usually end up adding stress when they should be helping to reduce it. With 12 years behind me, I have the experience you need.

Since you likely need to buy or sell quickly, many agents will rush you through the process - again, adding stress when they should be helping to reduce it

While many agents offer empathy, I offer that and something even more valuable: the marketing, sales, and negotiation skills to de-stress your transaction as much as humanly possible.


Molly is not only knowledgeable but honest and direct. She's compassionate and has a very caring demeanor that I was drawn to before selecting her to help us through a difficult personal situation. We highly recommend Molly! ​​​​​​​

-K.P | Elk Rapids, Michigan 

I recently found myself in a tough situation that required an attorney and a Realtor. I was lucky to. be referred to Molly Buttleman, Coldwell Banker, and she was present and available at all times while helping me during the hardest time of my life. 

-Dave | Traverse City, Michigan 

Molly Buttleman is a true professional. She is not only extremely knowledgeable and capable of handling unique situations but also deeply understands the value of keeping clients informed and encouraged. Any legal situation can be disheartening, but Molly had the ability to keep everything moving in a positive direction with complete calm. She is rare, and I highly recommend her in any Traverse City real estate transaction. 

-Client | Traverse City, Michigan 


Molly is known for listening and problem-solving, often putting her own real-life buying, selling, and renovating experience to use for her clients. Her construction industry connections also give her clients an extra sense of trust, especially if they are looking to add value to a property with a remodel.

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