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Michael, Home Buyer in Los Angeles, CA

Why is there such a delta between the Median Value & Median Price Asked for for houses in Sartell, MN? I'd

Asked by Michael, Los Angeles, CA Sun Apr 20, 2008

like to purchase a home for my elderly mother, but, Sartell home owners appear unwilling to accept the current real estate market conditions.

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I am an (ABR) Accredited Buyers Agent and have my SRES (Senior Residential Specialist) designation.
I am currently licensed in MN and WI. I am a resident of Sartell, MN. If you are still looking to purchase a home for your mother in the Saint Cloud, MN area please call me at 320-290-6681. I would be happy to help you and your mother make the transition. We can review the recent SOLD properties so you can put a fair offer in on the property you desire.

Or you may view my website at

Debbie Bertelson
Century 21 - First Realty, Inc.
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I am a full time agent with over 20 years experience.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 23, 2010
Thanks for your replys Jason & Dan. My question ariginated with data that came from Trulia's "Stats & Trends" for Sartell, MN. (select the "Income & House Prices" tab) It is there that the "Median Value" for Sartell is noted as $125.3K yet the "Median Price" as = $225K. Again, Thank you for your comments.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 22, 2008
Regarding the gap between "median value" and "median price asked," how are you determining "median value"?

Value is determined by what people are paying--by the comps--and is below what people aren't paying--the expired listings. Value is not (as suggested below) in any way related to assessments. Assessments mean

If by "median value" you do mean comps, some sellers are overly optimistic. In areas of the country where prices have declined (Jason, below, says that's not the case where you are), it's taken a while for reality to sink in. Prices can and do decline, and just because a neighbor's house sold for $X, doesn't mean that today you can sell that house for more.

My response: Forget about what people are asking. Look at what properties are selling for. Then determine what you can afford. Offer the lesser of the two.

Also, on a different matter, be sure to check with your accountant regarding the purchase of a home for your elderly mother. There are a number of ways to do that, and some will work to your and your mom's advantage better than others.

Good luck.
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