Minneapolis’ Most Discounted Condo?

I’ve blogged previously about deeply discounted single family homes in the Twin Cities.

A second-floor condo (#201) in The Edgewater (pictured above) may very well be the Twin Cities’ most discounted condo.

Now at $749,823, the unit was originally listed for $1.981 million almost exactly three years ago.

That’s a whopping 62% reduction!

“But Can You Afford the Property Taxes?”

The catch?

Not the A+ location, just off the Northeast corner of Minneapolis’ Lake Calhoun.

And not the 2005 building it’s in, a gleaming glass-and-stone structure with sleek walls of windows, great views, and open floor plans.

Rather, my guess is that it’s the $19,000 annual property tax bill that is still attached to the unit, courtesy of its $1.35 million tax assessed value.

Opportunity Knocks

Does such a mismatch spell opportunity?

In this case, I think it does.

That’s because the property isn’t a short sale or foreclosure, where the tax authorities can (and do) argue that the ultimate purchase price doesn’t reflect fair market value since it was a “distressed sale” — and therefore disregard the sales price.

Translation: if you pay say, $725,000, that’s also presumptively the new tax assessed value — and that $19k property tax bill plummets.

In fact, if the Buyer closes in the next few months, they still have time to contest Hennepin County’s 2012 assessment (determined January 2, 2011).

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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