Virtuous — and Vicious — Cycles

What happens when a for-sale home saddled with sky-high property taxes doesn’t sell? 

Frequently, the owner opts to rent it out instead.

Fast forward 2-3 years, when the surrounding block and similar ones are not-so-suddenly studded with rentals.

Prospective home Buyers who want to be surrounded by other homeowners balk — and look for homes elsewhere.

That puts further pressure on home prices, which begets more renting, which . . . you get the idea.  See also, “Minneapolis Upper Bracket Homes?  What a PiTi

Reinforcing Cycle

In a nutshell, that’s the phenomenon I witnessed just last week, when relocation clients opted to skip Minneapolis, and head for one of the Twin Cities’ high demand first-rung suburbs close to the lakes (wanna guess which one?).

As a long-time Minneapolis resident, I saw this dynamic play out in Kenwood in the 1980’s.

I have no desire to see a re-run now.

P.S.:  Just as nobody washes a rental car, rental properties are seldom kept up as well as owner-occupied ones.

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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