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National Resources for Duplex Owners

Welcome to DuplexChick, your online destination for duplex ownership information.

Whether you're thinking of buying your first duplex home, or an experienced investor looking to sell, DuplexChick can provide you with up-to-date market information, tips on investment property ownership, and when youíre ready to buy or sell, help you find a Realtor who specializes in these unique properties right in your area.

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While every Realtor can sell you a home, not every agent can do the necessary financial analysis to find a duplex that is a good investment. Click here for a neighborhood duplex specialist who can help you meet your financial goals.

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Considering Buying? See how a duplex specialist can help you get a better deal

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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.

During this stressful time, let one of our Realtors who is an expert carry the load.

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Kari Lundin, Keller Williams Realty Integrity

7401 Metro Blvd Suite 350, Edina, MN 55439 tel. (612) 290-5998

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Why The Fed’s Rate Hike Doesn’t Affect Duplex Mortgages 03.22.17

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Last week the Federal Reserve raised interest rates.

Believe it or not, this does not necessarily mean interest rates on duplex mortgages will necessarily follow suit.

When the Fed raises interest rates, it is actually raising the amount banks charge to lend each other money overnight so that they meet their minimum required reserves.

Banks typically pass this increased cost on by raising interest rates they charge consumers for “short term” loans.

So when Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen announces a rate hike, why does everybody panic?

Here are four ways an announced rate hike may impact your cash flow as a duplex investor:

  1. Home Equity Loans and Lines of Credit – Many investors use these loans to aquire or improve rental property. Banks consider this short-term debt. Therefore, these loans are most often have variable interest rates, which the bank ties to the interest it is charged to borrow short-term money. Of course, the rate they charge consumers is always higher.
  2. Credit Card Rate Hikes – If you use a credit card to purchase materials for your rental property and don’t pay the loan off every month, you will likely see a spike in the amount of interest you pay.
  3. Stuff Costs More – Of course, if businesses have to pay banks more to borrow money, they have to increase revenue in order to remain profitable. They do this by raising prices. This may cause consumers to spend less and to some extent, change their ability to pay rent.
  4. Jobs and Pay- If businesses are earning less, and people can afford less, the economy slows. This gradually leads to fewer people being hired, and those with jobs, are less likely to receive raises.

Of course, the Federal Reserve raises interest rates in order to slow inflation- in which prices rise rapidly.

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Is Your Minneapolis Duplex Right For A First Time Home Buyer? 02.20.17

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A recent news story about the lack of houses for sale for Twin Cities first time home buyers said a lot about the duplex market without ever naming it at all.

According to the broadcast, there were fewer houses on the market in January of 2017 than there have been in any other month in the last 14 years. The biggest shortage of inventory is in homes priced below $300,000.

While the story didn’t say it, the same is true of duplexes. In fact, in January there were just 253 active duplex, triplex and fourplex listings on the Multiple Listing Service; compared to well over 800 at the height of the market in 2005-2006.

What do starter homes have to do with duplex values?

When the prices for houses in the first time home buyer category  (below $300,000) rise and become less affordable, buyers start exploring other options; like duplexes.

If you’re a duplex owner with a property in a highly walkable neighborhood that’s in great condition, this is good news for you. One of the first alternatives first time home buyers explore as a means of keeping payments within their budget is duplexes. After all, the rent allows a more expensive duplex to actually be more affordable for a homeowner than a less expensive single family home.

One of the first alternatives first time home buyers explore as a means of keeping payments within their budget is duplexes. After all, the rent in effect reduces the cost of a more expensive duplex for the owner occupant, making as, if not more affordable than a single family home.

As a result, duplex prices go up as a result of increased demand from home buyers.

Right now, demand is high because supply of both quality duplexes and entry level single family homes is so low.

This has resulted in rising prices, making it a good time to be a duplex seller.

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Do You Save Money When You Call A Duplex For Sale Sign? 02.06.17

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When you call the number on a “For Sale” sign in front of a Minneapolis duplex and use the listing agent as your Realtor, can you save money?

Many people are under the belief that because that agent is getting a commission for both the buyer and sellers in that case, if the buyer asks, the agent will give them some of the commission.

That may be true with some Realtors, but not me. Here’s why.

When the seller signs a contract to put their duplex on the market, they are doing so with a real estate brokerage. A real estate brokerage is a company like Keller Williams Realty Integrity Edina.

That contract, and the terms the brokerage are willing to pay to any other real estate brokerage, is published on the multiple listing service. If that number will be reduced. if either the listing agent of the buyer and sellers agent have both sides of the transaction, that information needs to be published on the MLS, as it puts Realtors from other companies, and their buyers, at a disadvantage.

Second, the contract signed between the seller and the brokerage is between those two parties.  Payment comes from the seller’s proceeds from the sale. In other words, it comes from their equity.

Buyers are not entitled to money from a contract they are not involved in.

Finally, and perhaps most obviously, why should a Realtor, brokerage or seller give a complete stranger a portion of their pay or equity?

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