Monday, September 20, 2010

Foreclosures Are Getting Worse

As we've highlighted on this blog before (here and here, for example) Minnesota is NOT out of the woods yet, and will continue to see elevated numbers of foreclosures for quite a while.

On Friday, September 17th, Minnesota's most-populated county, Hennepin County, through its Taxpayer Services department, released a fresh round of information regarding Sheriff Sale data for August, 2010... and the data does not look good.

For the county, the number of foreclosure sales (Sheriff Sales) conducted in August of 2010 exceeded the number during the same periods during each of the three preceding years - 2009, 2008, and 2007.

Here is how August 2010 compares to the three previous years: 

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According to Hennepin County Taxpayer Services:

If foreclosure sales continue at this pace for the rest of the this year, the number may reach the 6,000-6,300 range

If this number is reached, 2010 could outpace 2009, and even rival the record-breaking number of 7,348 set in 2008.

In actuality, August 2010 recorded the 7th highest number of foreclosures in Hennepin County in a single month since these numbers have been tracked:

Minnesota homeowners continue to struggle with mortgage payments and continue to face the specter of foreclosure.  But it's not all doom-and-gloom.  Hennepin County (Taxpayer Services, Hennepin County Library and others) continues to work with the MN Home Ownership Center and its network of Housing Counseling agencies to offer FREE trustworthy resources to avoid foreclosure.  For a complete list of information sessions hosted by Hennepin County and the Minnesota Home Ownership Center, click here.

If you can't join us at one of the sessions, but would like to learn about what resources and assistance are available to Minnesota homeowners to avoid foreclosure, you can learn more about foreclosure avoidance services that are available - FREE - at the Center's website here or by calling us at 651-659-9336. 

Don't delay... the sooner you contact a non-profit housing counseling agency, the more options you have!

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