It's the kind of thing that would be easy to drop into casual conversation with a listing agent: "Oh, my husband and I are getting divorced, so we have to sell the house." It might seem completely harmless, but when buyers perceive a homeowner as desperate to sell, they often try to take advantage by making offers well below the listing price. The hope is that you'll accept because you need to get out of the house as soon as possible. A listing agent might innocently bring up the topic at an open house, during a showing or even as inter-office gossip with other agents. It may seem harmless to the agent also, but when word gets out among potential buyers, it could seriously decrease the final price of your home.