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Minnesota Economy Strong, Housing Lags Behind

Minnesota is generally a very consistent performer in the economy when compared to the United States Economy as a whole. The peaks are never too high and the valleys are never too low. On Friday Wells Fargo released its July 2014 economic outlook reinforcing that the state economy is greatly improved but housing still lags behind.

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Report: Bubble Fears Unfounded

Market trends across the United States indicate a recovering real estate market—but not a bubble—according to the latest Home Value Forecast fromPro Teck Valuation Services.

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Consumers Expect Economic Improvement

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York released Monday the findings of its June 2014 Survey of Consumer Expectations (SCE), revealing a slight uptick in economic hopes among Americans as housing expectations remained flat.

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New Home Purchases Drop in June

Applications for new home purchases slipped again in June, though the annualized rate of new home sales is forecast to have increased. The Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Builder Applications Survey (BAS), a gauge of application volume from mortgage subsidiaries of homebuilders, suggests new home purchase applications slipped 5 percent from May to June, the group reported Thursday. The change does not include any adjustments for typical seasonal movements.

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Foreclosures Down Again in May

Corelogic reported on Tuesday that 47,000 foreclosures had been completed in May, a year-over-year decrease of 9.4 percent from May of 2013. As of May, about 660,000 homes, 1.7 percent of all homes with a mortgage, in the United States were in some stage in the foreclosure process. While still large number, it represents a 37 percent decrease from May of 2013 when the foreclosure inventory topped one million homes.

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As Banking Industry Improves, Risk Increases

As the United States economy continues to improve, the challenges facing the banking industry gradually shift from recovery to risk management in an effort to avoid the pitfalls that contributed to the financial crisis. In that spirit, the Office of the Comptroller of Currency released its Semiannual Risk Perspective of Spring 2014, offering an overview on the current health of the market and highlighting the significant risk related challenges that currently that face the banking industry.

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Buyer Competition Declines Amid December Freeze

December's bitterly cold weather kept home shoppers away from the market in December, driving competition down further across most markets. Redfin's most recent Real-Time Bidding Wars report shows 52.0 percent of offers made by the company's agents faced competition last month, down from 52.8 percent in November and 62.4 percent a year earlier.

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