So I just wanted to pitch a question to you guys and see if you came up with the same answer I did. I'm seeing a number of MLS listings for fourplexes around the greater Phoenix area which are actually two fourplexes side-by-side. Any reasonable person looking at the property would assume it's an 8-unit apartment on two parcels.
So the question is, why would they break them up in the MLS listing? I imagine it's a very select group the would want to purchase only half of a property that is not meant to be split like that.
The answer I've come up with is valuation. With Phoenix's inflated property values on residential real estate, the owner (or realtor), lists it this way because they can then avoid being valued at using cap rates; now it's just comps.
@Brian Volland - taking your thoughts one step further, if they are listed as fourplexes, then a buyer can get a residential loan on them, instead of having to go commercial. That brings a lot more potential buyers, which contributes to the answer you arrived at: higher valuation.
If they are on separate tax numbers, then they can be sold at different times and defer tax liability into another year
@Jeff B. , They are being sold at the same time so don't think deferring taxes is what they were aiming for.
I see the exact same situation here. I asked so I can tell you these were platted that way and advertised that way to allow "single family" mortgages.
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