The Minnesota Homeownership Center has released its Foreclosure Counseling report for 2012.
This report provides a summary of findings from an evaluation of the foreclosure prevention counseling program provided by the Center's Homeownership Advisors Network.
In Minnesota, local, free foreclosure counseling services are provided to ANY homeowner through a network of about 25 different non-profits, governmental, tribal and social service agencies throughout the state.
The report summarizes household and loan characteristics, service usage, and outcomes for homeowners receiving foreclosure counseling during the past twelve months.
The complete report is available online at the Center's website, here.
Here are a few highlights from the report:
5,947 households received foreclosure counseling services in 2012,
a decrease of 41% from 2011.
47% of households receiving counseling services in 2012
were able to avoid foreclosure.
3 out of 5 households had mortgage payments that
were more than 30% of their income
(the traditional benchmark of mortgage affordability).
More than half of households served fell behind in their mortgage
due to a loss or reduction in income.
If you, or someone you know, is struggling with to keep up with their mortgage payments, or is worried about a FUTURE payment... don't delay, contact a Homeownership Advisor that specializes in foreclosure today! To learn more, or to contact your local organization, click here.