Where: 16xx Cedar Lake Parkway, just northwest of Minneapolis’ Cedar Lake

What: 2,500 sq. foot. contemporary overlooking the lake
How (much): list price is $247,900
When: (re)listed January 22
Who: co-listed by Teams International and RE/MAX Associates

You could easily spend $1 million-plus (still) for a home overlooking Cedar Lake in Southwest Minneapolis.

So, it’s attention-getting when a home just off the lake is for sale for only $248k — down from $549,000 when it first hit the market in October, 2008. That’s less than half(!) the $522,500 tax assessed value.

So, what’s the catch?

It turns out that there are several.

They include a wood exterior that’s in such bad repair that mold is evident on several interior walls; a plastic swimming pool — practically full — positioned below a major roof leak (one of several that were visible); and an incoherent floor plan with only one bathroom in the whole house (and that practically in the middle of the Kitchen).

So, it’s a pass, right?

At least for my client.

However, even if the house is a ‘goner — likely in my opinion — the land alone is still worth the asking price.

Apparently, someone else agreed: the listing agent’s front desk said the bank-Seller (a shock, I know) has just accepted an offer.
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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