It seems like several characters in our local real estate drama want to get noticed this week.
In the Hill Section (kinda), a 1950s-vintage house on an odd "flag lot" at 612 11th
has hit the MBC radar twice in the past year or so.
In April 2007, the owners tried – oh, they tried – to sell the home for less than $1m;
, to be specific. They failed. A bidding war broke out, and it went for $300k more.
The new owner apparently spiffed up the home a tad and rented it out, but several months later decided it was flippin' time.
On Feb. 20, 612 11th hit the market at $1.599m
. (See "Flag It As Overpriced
We wondered if maybe they were kidding. They weren't. No improvements, a 10-month hold, and suddenly a 25% ($325k) increase in value?!?
Here is what is great about 612 11th
– the flag lot, which is sort of a way of saying the location. You're surrounded by other people's yards. It's quiet. It's near downtown.
But the house is a bit of a dog, and the current owner overpaid.
This is not just MBC's view, it's the owner's view, now, too. On Thursday, the price dropped to $1.199m
, $76k less
than last April's purchase price.
A year ago, the owner won the bidding war. Or maybe lost.