Latest must-have home feature: A short commute

  • Article by: JIM BUCHTA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 21, 2008 - 9:18 PM

In these days of $4-a-gallon gasoline, real estate agents see potential buyers turn their sights from the suburbs to the cities.

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richieswensonJun. 21, 08 8:21 PM

What took 'em so long?

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spicebearJun. 21, 08 9:08 PM

People change jobs like underwear, employers change fast too. Get a house with a short commute and odds are you will change jobs and have a long commute within 5 years. What about the spouse? Better idea for cityites is to look for work in a region with decent mass transit.

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RipAndersonJun. 21, 08 9:31 PM

People who talk about moving back to the city to save gas money never mention the cost to sell their old house and buy a new one. Just to sell a $300k house and buy an equivalent house can cost $30,000 in commissions and fees and selling costs and moving costs. If you need different furniture add that to the bill. And good luck finding an equivalent house in the city for the same price. And then there's the tax difference. The difference between taxes on houses we've looked at in city and what we pay here is almost as much as we pay for gasoline. Moving might make one feel better about not forking out $50 at the gas pump, but the total bill could be much higher.

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nojusticeJun. 21, 0810:16 PM

These stupid politicians need to green light more rail like the Northfield to Minneapolis line, which already exists! That line would only cost 1/3 of the Central Corridor line!!

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stormb69Jun. 21, 0810:17 PM

They're not suggesting that people are selling their houses to save on gas. The point of the article is that people are considering commutes to be important when they are in the market for a new home.

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ave8o1Jun. 21, 0810:31 PM

"stupid politicians."

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maureen651Jun. 21, 0811:11 PM

So we can get from Pine City to St. Paul.

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betaband2Jun. 21, 0811:22 PM

hope that gas goes to $6-$7 a gallon. i would bet that in the next 10-15 years minneapolis & st. paul city proper will have populations back above t

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Cory089Jun. 21, 0811:27 PM

As someone who just made the move, I'm incredibly happy with it. It's great watching the former surface parking lots around the Metrodome turn into a vibrant community.

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betaband2Jun. 21, 0811:27 PM

hope gas hits and stays at $6-$7 a gallon. i will guarantee that in the next 10-15 years minneapolis and st. paul city proper and their first ring suburbs will have population explosions. a majority of those will be new residents to minnesota, but a good portion will also be people who said to themselves: "what in the heck was i thinking moving way out to lakeville when i and my wife both work in downtown minneapolis!"

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