Where: 328 Burntside Drive, Golden Valley
What: 6 BR/5 BA; 4,407 FSF
How much: $369,900
Last sale: $899,000 (3/8/07)
Tax assessed value: $757,700

Just like not all stocks have dropped equally in a market now down more than 50%, not all homes or neighborhoods have suffered equally.

In fact, one of the reasons why the Twin Cities overall is down about 25% from the 2006 peak is that, while many homes have suffered relatively small price declines, others have been near wipe-outs.

Call them the “Citigroup’s,” “General Motors,” and “Fannie Mae’s” of the housing market.

The home pictured above, 328 Burntside, is a good example of the latter group.

Sold last for $899,000 in March, 2007, its new asking price of $369,900 reflects an almost 60% drop — and less than half(!) the current tax assessed value. And that’s just the asking price; the ultimate selling price could very well be lower (because I haven’t been in, I’m not going to venture a guess).

Typical of the homes that have dropped the most, it’s a foreclosure.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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