Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Next Wave of Foreclosures Coming to Minnesota

I've come across two recent items that point to what we've all feared... the next wave of foreclosures is rapidly approaching Minnesota. 

While no corner of Minnesota has escaped unscathed from the from the foreclosure crisis, the urban areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul have been especially hard hit.  HOWEVER... the next wave of foreclosures will be felt the most in the outer-ring suburbs of the Twin Cities and the counties that surround the TC metro area.

The first item is a slide from MN Housing, that was presented to the members of the "Foreclosure Partners Council" (Working group of organizations on the front line of the State's response to the foreclosure crisis.  The MN Home Ownership Center is an active member of the Council.)  John Patterson, Director of Research and Evaluation at Minnesota Housing, has taken data about the number of Non-Prime Adjustable Rate Mortgages that have not yet reset (or recast) and 'heat-mapped' the state of Minnesota:

The second item is an audio presentation from Dr. Jeff Crump, Professor of Housing at the University of Minnesota, who has studied the foreclosure issue for years.  He has come to the same conclusion as John Patterson.  You can hear Dr. Crump's presentation here.

Combined with the less-than-stellar employment figures in the 'red zones' of John's "heat-map"... it's obvious that there are parts of Minnesota... like the suburban areas around the twin cities... and parts of Crow-Wing county... that are still in for quite a bit of pain.

If you have an Adjustable Rate Mortgage... and you're not sure what will happen when the rate adjusts, or if you're struggling with payments now... don't delay, contact a Foreclosure Counselor through the Minnesota Home Ownership Center TODAY to learn about your options and steps to take to avoid a possible foreclosure.  Waiting limits your options.  For information on how to contact your local, FREE Foreclosure Counselor, click here.

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