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Prices lowest since crises began.

The latest Standard & Poors S&P Shiller Home Price Index which came out Tuesday doesn’t bode well for the Cities at all.

In case you don’t know, I am referring to an index which is a composite 20 metropolitan area indices. It is a 3 month moving average of house prices.

Only one of the 20 metro areas showed an increase in prices from a year ago. That means 19 showed prices continuing to fall. And the greatest decline in prices, percentage-wise from those 19 metro areas – was…. yes you guessed it – Minneaplois.

Housing prices fell 10% in March from the same time frame in 2010.

It looks like prices have dipped to the lowest point since this real estate crisis started.

How low can we go? Good question. I wish I knew the answer.

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Minneapolis sellers still lower prices

According to the article I am linking to below, houses in several parts of the Midwest as well as the South have experienced the largest reductions in price, at least percentage-wise.

Minneapolis is one of the cities named. This kind of surprises me. But the data comes from Trulia which I have always thought to be somewhat reliable, so it may actually be true.

Another interesting statistic which they site is that the price reductions are hitting the $2 million and above homes the hardest. They say that nationwide this catagory of home accounts for less than 2% of homes – yet is responsable for about 25% of the amount reduced from total homes for sale.

Here’s the link which included the list of 10 cities (Minneapolis being one of them) where sellers are still cutting prices.

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Minnesota Foreclosures

Minnesota Foreclosures

There is a growing opportunity in foreclosed homes in MN and repossessions, including Hennepin County property. Obviously the number of foreclosed homes in MN has been a major problem and the trend is expected to continue for some time. Depending on your circumstances, this fact can result in overwhelming hardship or – it can be the opportunity of a lifetime.

Even though we all experience compassion for those going through difficult times it is also true that economic downturns also create some amazing opportunities for those who put themselves in the right place at the right time – sometimes in a huge way. We can take advantage of the financial opportunities out there (it would be irresponsible not to), and still have compassion and be pro-active in helping members of our community who need it.

For now it is worth pointing out that the number of foreclosed homes in MN and Hennepin County property in particular are quite substantial and this will most certainly result in some buyers picking up some real steals.

If you are contemplating a property purchase in the future, in addition to searching the mls online mn listings, I suggest you also at least look here into foreclosed homes in MN. There are la few services and websites which promise to provide access to this information but unfortunately most promise a great deal and deliver much less and are generally quite expensive. That is why a little research beforehand in this regard can save you a lot of aggravation, time and money. By all means have a look at what is out there, but I am quite confident you will end up here.

Depending on your timing you may be shocked at what you can get and where. It is not just “bad” neighborhoods which are suffering the rash of foreclosures in Minnesota (as well as throughout the country) but every price range of home is being affected. And with the huge inventory of foreclosed homes in MN banks are finding themselves holding, opportunities arise where some of this inventory is being cleared at bargain basement prices.


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