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Foreclosures are down in Minnesota, but the good news may not last

MPR reports one in every 336 homes was in default, repossession or scheduled for auction in the third quarter of this year. That could be a sign of more foreclosures to come.
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MPR reports one in every 336 homes was in default, repossession or scheduled for auction in the third quarter of this year. That could be a sign of more foreclosures to come.

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