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Unlike single family home owners, duplex owners facing foreclosure must also contend with potential tax consequences. Whether you are an owner occupant or duplex investor enduring the stress of being behind on mortgage payments, or needing to sell even though you owe more than your duplex is worth, a short sale can help reduce damage to your credit and tax obligations.

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Featured Articles

Duplex Sellers Get Energy Burst 07.15.14


exhausted duplex chickSometimes, the well runs dry. And after six years of consistently blogging about Minneapolis and St Paul duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes, in late May and June, mine did just that.

I apologize for that.

The good news is, the market  has changed. And after some time away to recharge, I am once again loaded with topics to write about.

But let’s start with the basics.

In the week ending July 5, 2014, 28 Twin Cities duplex, triplex and fourplex owners received and accepted offers on their properties. Of these, 88.9 percent are traditional sellers with equity in their properties. On average, these investment properties left the market at a list price of $236,455.

During the same week last year, 15 property sellers received and accepted offers. On the surface anyway, these folks appeared to fare better than this year’s sellers with an average sales price of $296,360.

While I haven’t yet tracked enough weeks to conclude this is a sign of a market shift, it is important to note that new listings for the week were up 18 percent over last year. An increase in inventory may be responsible for price stabilization, as more properties on the market reduce the amount buyer competition. Again, only time will tell if this is the case.

The single family home market also appears to be undergoing something of a shift. New Listings for the week were up 14.8 percent over the week in 2013. Pending Sales were up as well; rising 17.4 percent. Overall Inventory also increased– by 7.7 percent, which may suggest the start of a return to a more balanced market.

Next week’s report is sure to tell us more.

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Duplex Market Tries To Remember How 06.10.14


sunset Waterskier sprays water Whenever I haven’t done something for a while, I usually find I’m a little rusty at it and it takes some practice to get back in the groove.

The same can be said of the Minneapolis and St Paul duplex market. After seven years of foreclosures, short sales, and buyers markets, both duplex buyers and sellers seem to be having a hard time remembering what a sellers market is like.

For example, many sellers who’ve been waiting to sell their duplex and change their lifestyle seem to believe pricing should pick up where it left off in 2005-2006 when prices were sky high.

Buyers, on the other hand, keep hoping it’s 2010-2011, when duplexes were selling at numbers that created double digit cash on cash returns.

But it’s 2014, and as a result, neither is exactly true.

For the week ending May 31, 2014, 24 duplex, triplex and fourplex sellers accepted offers on their properties. A whopping 87.5 percent of these owners were traditional sellers. On average, the final list price of these properties was $159,569.

Last year, there were 27 successful sellers during the same week. Just 51.9 percent of these people had equity in their properties. Curiously, on average, these properties sold for $212,104, which goes counter to conventional thinking about the impact of distressed properties on pricing.

The number of new listings for the last week of May, 2014, was up six percent over last year. Nine out of ten of these duplex sellers have equity in their properties.  Last year, just 61.3 percent of the sellers did.

As we move deeper into a very late spring and early summer, we’ll hope we all get our traditional market groove back.

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Duplex Sellers In A Photo Finish 05.20.14


race horsesIf the Minneapolis and St. Paul duplex markets were a horse race,  the first weeks of May in 2013 and 2014 would be neck and neck headed for the wire.

For the week that ended May 10, 18 Twin Cities duplex, triplex and fourplex sellers accepted offers on their properties. While this is one less than a year ago, the average final list price was $265,167. This is up dramatically from last year’s average sold price of $179,619.

This pricing disparity can’t be attributed to the presence of distressed properties, as just this year just 4 properties involved a bank in the negotiations, compared to 5 last year.

If duplex buyers had bet on increased inventory, it looks like it was a long shot. There were 38 new listings for the first full week of May, down one from last year. What’s different, however, is of those 38, 89.5 percent have equity in their properties. Last year, just 35.9 percent of the sellers could say the same.

Meanwhile, the number of New Listings in the single family home market surged ahead of last year by 6.5 percent. Pending sales faced a tougher race, up just .1 percent over last year. The good news for home buyers is overall Inventory increased 3.5 percent. This may provide a few more choices for frustrated shoppers.

Let’s hope the return of spring makes everyone a winner.

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