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Minnesota Foreclosure Activity Lowest Since 2006

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HousingLink has just released their latest foreclosure report showing that Minnesota's foreclosure activity continues to decline and in the 3rd quarter of this year was the lowest it had been since 2006! While still at double the rate prior to the crisis, foreclosure activity continues to wane and that is great news for homeowners, neighborhoods, and cities everywhere.   … [Read more...]

Minnesota Foreclosures Continue Decline

Q1 2013 Sheriff Sales in Minnesota

HousingLink just released their latest foreclosure report showing the strong declines in sheriff sales continues.   Once a sheriff sale has occurred, most properties will be listed by the bank that took it back 7-9 months later.  Consequently, the continued decline of bank owned listings for sale on the MLS is all but certain at this point.  When fewer properties go through foreclosure, neighborhood values are higher and we've seen this trend for over a year now.  This is great news for sellers … [Read more...]

Housing Market’s Virtuous Cycle

The Housing Market Virtuous Cycle

The housing market has come roaring back in many markets throughout the U.S. and some have been questioning whether the surge of activity we're seeing has staying power. In many markets, from 2008 through much of 2012 we saw that nearly half of home sales were of foreclosed or short sale properties.  What we're seeing now is a return back to the Traditional Seller as foreclosure and short sale inventory declines sharply. What's crucial about this return to a more normal market is that in a Traditional Sale, … [Read more...]

Twin Cities Preforeclosure Activity Remains Sharply Lower

Preforeclosures in the Twin Cities

The Minnesota Home Ownership Center released their quarterly preforeclosure notice data and the new is overall very good. Preforeclosure notices did tick up in the Twin Cities in Q1 2013 however the level remains less than half of what it was in the peak of the housing crisis.  Q4 2012 might have been a blip due to the holiday season.  We'll have to see what happens in the current quarter but my belief is that the preforeclosure levels will continue to trend lower as we see the economy improve and fewer … [Read more...]

Twin Cities Preforeclosure Notices Down 45%


The positive trends in housing continue as the Minnesota Home Ownership Center released Q4 2012 preforeclosure notice statistics that show such notices declined an astounding 45% from a year ago in both the Twin Cities and Minnesota as a whole: (click on images for a full view) As preforeclosure notices proceed a sheriff sale by 2-6 months, the continued decline of notices foretells future declines in sheriff sales and the continued waning of foreclosures in our housing market. There were still 39,000 … [Read more...]

Twin Cities Traditional Seller Inventory Down 70%

Twin Cities Real Estate - Traditional Seller Inventory Down 70%

Where have all the Traditional Sellers gone?  While foreclosures are down 60% and short sales are down 54%, Traditional Seller homes for sale are down an eye-popping 70% from their peak in 2007! Seller activity has been much lower these last 5 years due to the decline in home prices but in 2012 we saw an increase in prices and saw 5% more Traditional Seller listings enter the market as well.  Even with the increase in seller activity this year we still lost inventory because buyers have come out in droves … [Read more...]

Twin Cities Foreclosure Homes For Sale Down 60% From Peak


Twin Cities foreclosure and short sale inventory continues to drop like a rock, with foreclosures for sale down an astounding 60% and short sales for sale down 54% from their peaks: With buyer demand remaining strong and with substantially fewer foreclosures and short sales being listed than in the last few years, foreclosures and short sales for sale should continue to decline.  This bodes well for traditional sellers who will have less competition for their homes but comes as a disappointment to many home … [Read more...]

Twin Cities Preforeclosure Notices at 2nd Lowest Since 2009

Twin Cities Preforeclosure Notices

More good news for the Twin Cities Housing Market.  The Minnesota Home Ownership Center just released their Q3 2012 preforeclosure data. While there was a slight uptick in notices for the third quarter, the numbers are still down a healthy amount from recent quarters and are sitting at just over half of their peak levels.  This continues my mantra that we'll have elevated numbers of foreclosures and short sales for some time but that the worst is behind us. And in case you are wondering what is … [Read more...]

Twin Cities Foreclosure Forecast: Fewer Foreclosures in 2013

Twin Cities Foreclosure Activity

I'm a huge data nerd.  I stare at charts and data almost daily to get a better sense of what's going on in the housing market.  One of the more interesting datasets I look at is foreclosure activity.  Between the preforeclosure notices published by the Minnesota Home Ownership Center, the sheriff sale data published by HousingLink and the MLS foreclosure sales from MAAR, we can build a very good picture of foreclosure activity over the last few years: But this data can do more than just show current … [Read more...]

Minnesota Preforeclosure Notices Drop 25%

My friends at the Minnesota Home Ownership Center released an update to their preforeclosure stats today that show preforeclosure notices are down 25% from a year ago and 17% from last quarter: This is great news at it signals even fewer foreclosures for Minnesota in the future.  Preforeclosure notices typically go out 2-6 months before a sheriff sale occurs.  Thus with this information, I can project out into 2013 and tell you that even fewer foreclosures will be for sale in the next 8-12 months than … [Read more...]


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