Foreclosured sales are declining

According to the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors, the number of foreclosures and short sales that are for sale in the Twin Cities housing market is falling quickly. The drop can be attributed in part to flattening new foreclosure and short sale listing activity, but mostly it is related to heavy home sales spurred by the likes of plunging mortgage rates, a federal $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers and record affordability.

Lender-mediated home values are dropping quickly, while traditional homes are fairing better. The median sales price of lender-mediated homes in Q1 2009 was $122,900, a decrease of 21.7 percent from the same time last year. The median sales price for traditional homes was $212,000, a drop of a quieter 3.6 percent.

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