Jean, Home Buyer in Twin Cities, MN

How do I find out neighborhood statistics (such as crime, future roadwork, schools, etc.) for the suburbs of

Asked by Jean, Twin Cities, MN Wed Aug 13, 2008

North Saint Paul, South Saint Paul and Maplewood? I have looked at a listing in North Saint Paul, but since two other homes have popped up for sale on this same two-block-long street, I am concerned that thre is a bigger reason why these homes went on the market. The neighborhood seems quiet and well-kept, so I'm not sure what to think. Also, this listing (priced at approx. $185,000) has a 2009 tax value of $159,000...so I am concerned that there is a major hidden worry associated with this home. Any help would be appreciated....thanks! -Jean

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Lori Hogenson’s answer
Below are just a few links to hopefully point you in the right direction. You may want to verify any information you find on a website or are not finding the information you’re looking for, with a phone call to appropriate department for the city/county.

When a seller lists their property for sale, their agent will do a market to determine a fair market value for the listing price. The real estate agent you’re working with can also do a market of recently sold comparable properties in the area to provide you with more information on what you may deem a reasonable offering price would be. Ultimately it is your choice for the property and the price you are offering and need to feel comfortable with the information you’re finding to answer the questions you have.

Hope this helps-good luck.


North St. Paul, MN
http://www.ci.north-saint-paul.mn.us

North St. Paul - Maplewood School District:
http://www.isd622.org

Maplewood MN, MN
http://www.ci.maplewood.mn.us

Crime information for Maplewood:
http://www.ci.maplewood.mn.us/index.aspx?NID=469

Maplewood Roadwork Projects
http://www.ci.maplewood.mn.us/index.aspx?NID=31

South St Paul
http://www.southstpaul.org

South St. Paul Public Schools
http://www.sspps.org

Schoolhouse Magazine- Annual Guide to MN schools
http://www.school-house.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 25, 2009
Hi Jean-

A misconception I hear among buyers is the relation of tax value to selling value. They have nothing to do with each other. I have seen homes tax valued at $600,000 sell for $1 Million, and likewise, homes tax valued at $200,000 sell for $50,000 less. You cannot really compare the two and say that a home is only worth the tax value, or vice versa. What you really need to look at is any recently sold homes in the area...which most likely is what the listing agent has done to come up with a price of $185,000.

You can ask the listing agent if there are any pending assessments on the home, and also call the city to see if anything is going on. Find out if the other two homes that have come on the market are foreclosures, or just on the market to sell. It is quite common for a couple homes to be for sale on the same street...some people just need to sell to move on to their next phase of life.

As for crime statistics, the best place to call is the local sherriff's office and have them direct you to the correct place for information. Good luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 13, 2008
You can contact the Ramsey County Sheriff's department with questions regarding the amount of police calls to that block and property. I was able to do this for other Ramsey County suburbs that don't have their own police department. There are some "rough" areas of NSP, especially between hwy 36 and 17th ave. There are a lot of first time home buyers in the entire city, which may explain houses being sold and resold.
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