Property Foreclosure Information Added to DataFinder
By Will Craig, CURA, University of Minnesota
One of the key indicators of urban problems is property foreclosure. Thanks to the Minnesota 3D program at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (www.cura.umn.edu/M3D.php), we now have contact information to obtain that data in the Twin Cities region.
Unfortunately, most counties still provide copies of only the paper forms. Hennepin County is the leader, providing critical information (including address) in Excel format. Contact and other information is provided for all counties.
In the Socioeconomic Data Source section of DataFinder (www.datafinder.org/mg/socioeconomic_resources/), look at Property Foreclosure and search under Data Source (County Sheriff Department) or Data Category (Housing). Most of the foreclosures are on housing, but the data sources cover everything.