Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Dramatic Drop in Preforeclosure Notices

Another good sign for Minnesota's Housing Market

On Tuesday, January 22nd, the Minnesota Homeownership Center released its year-end data on the aggregate number of Preforeclosure Notices received by foreclosure counselors in the Homeownership Advisors Network.  The numbers continue to show almost universal good news about the future of foreclosures in Minnesota.  

In the fourth quarter of 2012, members of the Homeownership Advisors Network received only 6,937 preforeclosure notices, 45% fewer than during the same time period in 2011, reaching the lowest level reported since the state legislature required the notices in late 2008:

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In total, Minnesota households received 28% fewer preforeclosure notices in 2012 than they did in 2011.  In addition, the preforeclosure notices are down just as dramatically in the Twin Cities Metro as well:

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The City of St. Paul seems to be the ONLY location where notices have not dramatically decreased.  We'll keep our eye on these numbers to see if the quarter four data is an anomaly or a sign of a deeper issue. 

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While it is encouraging that the numbers of preforeclosure notices received is down to the the lowest level since we started tracking these numbers, we can't lose sight of the fact that almost 40,000 Minnesota households continued to struggle with their mortgage payments in 2012.

If you're struggling with mortgage payments... you're not alone.  Thousands of others are also struggling.  More importantly, Minnesota has a statewide network of non-profit organizations that can help YOU put a plan in place to avoid foreclosure.  Last year, more than half of the people who sought out our services were able to avoid foreclosure.  Don't delay, contact us today. 

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