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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sold! . . . Not Sold! . . . Sold! . .

Back on the Market Twice (in 10 days);
Third Time's the Charm?

The image I have in my head for this St. Louis Park foreclosure is a traffic light, alternately blinking green, then red, then green, etc.

That's because in less than 2 weeks on the market, it's already gone "Pending" twice, and each time has quickly come back on the market.

What's going on?

Be Careful What You Bid For

Given the price, $89.9k, location (just Southeast of 394 and 100), and the fact that it's a foreclosure, you'd certainly speculate that an overeager Buyer won a (presumed) bidding war, then either couldn't perform financially, or, re-did their math after carefully going through the home -- I did last week, and it's a total mess -- and reconsidered.

After all, foreclosure Buyers have been known to bid first, and do their homework second -- if and when they actually get the property.

It's also the case that sometimes condition is irrelevant, because the home is a tear-down. However, given the limited upside on the immediate block, I don't see that happening here.

Yet another possibility is that the bank dropped some bomb on the Buyer in the custom contracts it routinely substitutes for the standard Minnesota forms everyone else uses.

Possible, but less likely given that banks typically sell "As is," and provide no disclosure whatsoever.

So which of the above is it?

To paraphrase that old commercial for a hair color product ("only your hairdresser knows for sure"), in this case, only the listing agent knows for sure.

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