Civic, community, educational and political leaders in Saint Paul want to create a long-term plan to revitalize the Frogtown and Summit-University neighborhoods.
Along with 339 other communities in the U.S., the Wilder Foundation of St. Paul has applied for a $500,000 grant to plan the Promise Neighborhood. This Saint Paul neighborhood would be designed to improve the lives of its residents by focusing on the health and well-being of children and families.
From making more fruit and veggie servings available to prekindergarten children to tracking students's progress through college, the Promise Neighborhood idea is sometimes referred to as a "cradle-to-career" approach. The Promise Neighborhood's proposed all-emcompassing philosophy is modeled after the Harlem Children's Zone. The Harlem Children's Zone Project is a unique, holistic approach to rebuilding a community so that its children can stay on track through college and go on to the job market.
Whether St. Paul gets the grant or not, officials plan to move forward with the vision anyway. Community meetings could start as soon as this summer. Actually, some of the ideas envisioned for the Promise Neighborhood are already in different stages of implementation in St. Paul. One of those programs is Achievement Plus, which brings additional learning opportunities and support to students at three St. Paul elementary schools: Dayton's Bluff, North End and John A. Johnson.
Officials have secured the equivalent of $250,000 in matching donations if the grant is awarded, which includes $160,000 from local foundations.
The U.S. Department of Education will award the grants this year. Afterwards, it will begin accepting applications...
After more than a century of educating the minds of Saint Paul children, St. Bernard's High School will close at the end of the school year.
School leaders blame financial troubles for the closing. Like many inner-city Catholic schools, St. Bernard's has struggled the past 15 years to stay afloat. It closed its grade school last year.
German and Austrian immigrants who settled in Saint Paul's North End neighborhood founded St. Bernard's parish in 1890. They opened the grade school the next year. By 1957, a growing student body and demand prompted the opening of St. Bernard's High.
The neighborhood changed over the years as families moved to the suburbs. Fewer residents choose Catholic private schools and growing competition from charter schools were also contributing factors to the school's demise.
The school is celebrated its 119th year Monday.
There are many programs available to first time home buyers throughout the City of Saint Paul and in some cases, specific St. Paul neighborhoods.
In particular, the CityLiving Home Program offered by the Saint Paul Home Loan Fund makes home ownership affordable. Through a joint effort shared with the City of Minneapolis, St. Paul offers mortgage loans and home improvement loans through the program. CityLiving loans offer homebuyers an opportunity to purchase St. Paul homes at an interest rate that historically has ranked well below market rates. This program has helped low- and moderate-income families for 20 years. More than 10,000 people have purchased a home through the CityLiving program. Read more information about Saint Paul's CityLiving Home Program.
There is also the Invest Saint Paul program. This collaborative effort is intended to strategically channel city government and private resources into revitalizing and redeveloping four key neighborhoods of St. Paul. Those neighborhoods are Dayton’s Bluff, Frogtown, the East Side, and the North End. The goal of Invest St. Paul is to turn the tide of foreclosures and entice new residents into buying real estate in these areas.
The Make it Possible Program, or MPP, is a second mortgage product provided by the Family Housing Fund (FHF). Under the MPP, a 3% down payment is required of home buyers. Borrowers who qualify for a first mortgage representing 80% or less of the appraised value of the property through a private mortgage lender will be able to receive the difference of up to 20% of the remaining value in a second mortgage loaned at 3.5% payable over a...
According to the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors’ Market Update for 100 Twin Cities Communities, new posted listings for homes in St. Paul MN, decreased in February. There were 480 new listings in Saint Paul throughout the month, compared to the 602 homes put up on the market during February 2008. That is a decline of -20.3%. In contrast, there were 548 new listings in January 2009. The Merriam Park neighborhood and West 7th neighborhood of St. Paul experienced increases in posted new listings, while rest saw their listings decrease.
For the year to date posted new listings in St. Paul, the picture looks just a little different. For February and January, there were 1,027 new listings, compared to the 1,164 during the same time frame of 2008. That’s a -11.8% reduction. The Greater East Side, Merriam Park, and West 7th neighborhoods saw a rise in listings up to +17.4%; other Saint Paul neighborhood listings dropped.
There were many homes sold in Saint Paul in February compared to 2008. There were 202 homes sold throughout the month, a full +27.0% increase over the 159 homes sold in February of 2008! Rates at which homes were selling varied from neighborhood to neighborhood, with the biggest differences seen in West Side/Cherokee...
The first St. Paul real estate market analysis for the year of 2009! New posted listings for homes in St. Paul, Minnesota, decreased in January according to the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors’ Market Update for 100 Twin Cities Communities. During the month, there were 548 new listings in Saint Paul, compared to the 562 homes put up on the market during January 2008. That is a decrease of just -2.5%. It was a mixed bag when the posted new listings are broken out by neighborhood, as some big increases while others saw decreases. Here is a breakdown of new listings by Saint Paul neighborhood:
The number of homes sold within St. Paul, Minnesota, in January 2009 is higher than the same month of 2008, a trend that has been running for a few months. There were 170 homes sold throughout the month, a +7.6% increase over the 158 homes sold in January 2008. Closed sales on homes for January 2009 in Saint Paul by neighborhood:
The prices of homes sold in St. Paul have continued to fall. The average sales price of a home sold in January was $111,222, a negative change from the $205,897 of January2008. That is a decrease of -46.0%. Only the West 7th neighborhood saw an increase in real estate prices in January. The percentage...
This is the final St. Paul real estate market analysis for the year of 2008. According to the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors’ Market Update for 100 Twin Cities Communities, new posted listings for homes in St. Paul, Minnesota, increased in December. There were 399 new listings in St. Paul, compared to the 351 homes put up on the market during the same month of 2007, which adds up to an increase of +13.7%. Unlike November, lots of neighborhoods in Saint Paul saw increases in new listings. The increase is a little unusual, because December is obviously a month full of holidays and most people don’t want the hassle of putting their house up on the market.
There were 6,859 new listings of homes for sale in St. Paul that were posted within the 2008 year. That is a decline of -8.8% from the 7,520 homes listed throughout the year of 2007. The neighborhoods of Mac-Groveland, St. Anthony / Midway, and West 7th experienced the greatest declines in new listings. The Phalen and West Side / Cherokee neighborhoods have been the only St. Paul neighborhoods that saw boosts in new listings compared to 2007.
There was a higher number of homes sold within St. Paul, Minnesota, in December 2008 than in 2007. There were 217 homes sold during the month, +5.9% more than the 205 homes sold during December of 2007. There were 3,046 closed sales in Saint Paul...
New posted listings for homes in Saint Paul, Minnesota, decreased during November according to the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors’ Market Update for 100 Twin Cities Communities. Throughout the month, there were 398 new listings in St. Paul. In the previous year, there were 481 new listings during November. That is a -17.3% reduction in new listings, comparatively. The only neighborhoods of St. Paul which saw increases in posted new listings of homes for sale were Phalen and Merriam Park. A drop off in new listings is to be expected now and over the next few months as the winter season really starts kicking up snow.
Saint Paul’s new listings of homes for sale from for the year-to-date from January through November are at 6,460. That is a decrease of -9.9% from last year’s 7,169 for the same time frame. Southeast, St. Anthony / Midway, and West 7th neighborhoods are continuing to experience great declines in homes being listed for sale. The Phalen and West Side / Cherokee areas have been the only Saint Paul neighborhoods to see boosts in new listings through the month of November.
And now the part that you’ve been waiting for: the good news. The number of homes sold within St. Paul, Minnesota, during November...
New listings for homes in Saint Paul, Minnesota, fell again during October according to the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors’ Market Update for 100 Twin Cities Communities. Throughout the month, there were 515 new listings in St. Paul. During October of 2007, there were 603 new listings. That is a decrease of about -14.6%. Normally, I list the neighborhoods here that saw the greatest decreases in new listings, but there are many which saw decreases of 20% to over 45%. The only neighborhoods which saw any significant increase of new listings were the Phalen and Merriam Park neighborhoods of Saint Paul.
Posted new listings of Saint Paul real estate for the year to date were at 6,062 from January through October. That is a decrease of -9.4% from last year’s 6,688 during the same time period. Merriam Park, West 7th, and St. Anthony / Midway continue to experience great decreases in new listings. The Phalen neighborhod and West Side / Cherokee neighborhoods are the only ones to have seen any increases in new listings for the year to date.
Now for a really good number: The amount of homes sold within Saint Paul, ...
A popular summer destination for Saint Paul residents has closed and the end of an era has come to the Como Park neighborhood. The deteriorating Como Pool, which has been serving the community since 1962, has closed for good due to safety problems and high repair costs. The decision as to when another pool will be built to fill its absence has not yet been made.
The Como Pool has needed repairs for many years. Because of mechanical and electrical problems, the City of Saint Paul has decided the pool can't be operated safely. The infrastructure is now so old that repairs would far outrun its value. Bringing it fully up to operational code would cost well over $1 million.
Como Pool was built for $161,000 by the private firm Public Pools Inc., which operated it on land leased from the City of St. Paul until 1965 when the firm went out of business. The city then bought the pool for $15,000.
The outdoor pool attracted 15,000 swimmers each summer until its closure this past September. Most visitors live in homes the neighborhoods that surround Como Regional Park in St. Paul: Como Park, North End, Thomas-Dale, and Midway. Those residents are very interested in what will...
Changing from what has been happening in recent months, new listings of homes for sale in Saint Paul, Minnesota, rose during September according to the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors’ Market Update for 100 Twin Cities Communities. During the month, there were 621 new listings in St. Paul. Throughout September of last year, there were 602 new listings. That is equal to an increase of about +3.2%! The Phalen and Highland Park neighborhoods of St. Paul experienced the greatest increase in new listings during September at +44.3% and +32.4% respectively. On the contrary, the West 7th and Merriam Park neighborhoods saw declines in new listings of -45.0% and -50.0% respectively during September.
Posted new Saint Paul real estate listings from January through September for the year to date were at 5,543. That is a decrease of -8.9%. The month of September’s rise in new listings helped to raise that number up a bit that from August’s -10.2%. If the trend continues in October for new listings in Saint Paul, the real estate market might be on par with posted listings for last year. Saint Paul's Merriam Park and St. Anthony / Midway had the most extreme decrease in new listings. The Phalen and West Side / Cherokee neighborhoods have seen...
Oh would you believe it?
New listings for homes fell in Saint Paul, Minnesota
, for yet another month in a row during August, according to the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors’ Market Update for 100 Twin Cities Communities
. Throughout the month of August, there were 553 new listings in the City of Saint Paul
. In August of 2007, there were 641 new listings, which is a drop of about -13.7%, about the same as July's drop of -13.6%. The Como / Como Park neighborhood
of St. Paul
experienced the largest decrease in new listings at -32.5%.
The Merriam Park
was the only neighborhood of Saint Paul
to experience an increase in new listings in August compared to last year.
Listings there rose 6.7%.
For St. Paul
’s posted new listing for January through August, there were 4,922 new listings in the city.
This is a drop of -10.2% compared to the 5,482 new listings during the same time period of 2007.
The greatest new listing fluctuations happened in the St. Anthony/Midway neighborhoods
, where new listings have decreased by nearly 30% for the past two months in a row, while the West Side / Cherokee neighborhood
’s new listings...
There are lots of great programs for first time home buyers
and for those who are looking for their next home.
I’ve put together some of the information below to give home buyers
what they need to know in order to check the programs out.
Please take a look below!
CityLiving Home Programs
The City of Saint Paul
offers mortgage loans and home improvement loans through its CityLiving Home Program
, a joint effort shared with the City of Minneapolis
. CityLiving loans offer homebuyers an opportunity to purchase St. Paul
homes at an interest rate that is generally below market rates. More than 10,000 people have purchased a home through the CityLiving program over the past 20 years. Here are the qualifications the program expects:
- Maximum household income for 1-2 people is $77,000
- Maximum household income for 3 or more people is $84,700
- Maximum purchase price limit is $254,100
- 3% grant available for down payment or closing costs with a slightly higher interest rate
The City Living Program also offers homebuyer education and counseling through what is known as the Home Stretch Program
Coordinated by the Minnesota Home Ownership Center
, Home Stretch helps to educate people about the home buying process so they can avoid common mistakes and predatory lending.
St. Paul officials have put some money down on two new loan programs to help homeowners facing foreclosure and buyers unable to secure financing. The city's Housing and Redevelopment Authority board has approved putting $625,000 into funds for two mortgage incentive programs that will leverage dollars from private organizations. The money will help current homeowners refinance out of bad mortgages and provide an incentive for people to purchase vacant or foreclosed properties in Saint Paul.
The $625,000 comes from the Invest St. Paul program, a $17 million initiative to improve four struggling neighborhoods. Because of lowering property values, home vacancies, and mortgage foreclosures, the neighborhoods of Frogtown, North End, Lower East Side and Dayton's Bluff have been targeted for the project. The money will unlock $15 million divided equally between the Make it Possible and Sustainable Home Ownership programs. The Make It Possible program provides second mortgages, which eliminate the need for private mortgage insurance. The Sustainable Home Ownership program is a contract-for-deed program that gives buyers time to repair credit scores before moving into a conventional mortgage. Both of these programs will be administered by Dayton's Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services. The Family Housing Fund and University Bank are contributing more than half of the $15 million.
It's just one more idea with which ...
New listings for homes fell in Saint Paul, Minnesota
, during the month of May, according to the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors’ Market Update for 100 Twin Cities Communities
. During May of this year, there were 623 new listings in the City of Saint Paul
. Throughout May of 2007, there were 818 new listings, which is a drop of about 23.8%. St. Paul’s Downtown neighborhood
experienced the steepest decline in new listings at -56.3%.
The West Side/Cherokee neighborhood
was the only area of St. Paul
to experience an increase in new listings compared to last year.
When looking at Saint Paul’s posted new listing for the 2008 year-to-date, there has been less dramatic decrease by over half. From January through May, there were 3,138 new listings in the city, compared to 3,455 during the same time period of 2007. That means there are 9.2% fewer new listings for the year. The most drastic changes happened in the Saint Anthony/Midway neighborhoods, where new listings have decreased by 31.1% while the Phalen neighborhood’s new listings increased by 11.9%.
In addition to reduced listings, closed sales on homes in St. Paul, Minnesota, also declined during the month of May. At 258, there were over 8.8% fewer closed sales than May of 2007’s 283. For the 2008 year from January through...
New listings for homes fell in Saint Paul, Minnesota, during the month of April, according to the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors’ Market Update for 100 Twin Cities Communities. During April of 2008, there were 681 new listings in the City of Saint Paul compared to April of 2007’s 806 new listings. This is a drop of about 15.5%. It is very different from March 2008’s drop of just 4.1%. The Downtown neighborhood of St. Paul experienced the greatest decline in new listings at -42.4%.
In March of 2008, the East Side, Mac-Groveland, North End/Frogtown, Phalen, and West Side/Cherokee neighborhoods had more new listings than March 2007. However, in April, there weren’t any neighborhoods in St. Paul which experienced an increase in new listings. The Mac-Groveland and West Side/Cherokee neighborhoods managed to hold steady, showing no increase or decline for the month of April compared to last year.
Looking at posted new listings of Saint Paul real estate for the 2008 year-to-date, the decrease appears to be less drastic. From January through April of this year, there were 2,515 new listings in the city, compared to 2,637 throughout the same time period of 2007. That is a decrease of just 4.6% new listings in St. Paul so far this year. The most remarkable...