(The Center Square) - Homeownership was once a cornerstone of the American dream. But for a growing share of the population, it is now more akin to a pipe dream. Within the last two years, real incomes have been crushed under the weight of historic inflation. At the same time, the Federal Reserve's interest rate hikes have sent mortgage rates soaring.

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With reduced buying power and increased borrowing costs, consumer interest in the real estate market has cooled. The number of existing home sales in the U.S. declined by 23% from April 2022 to April 2023, according to the National Association of Realtors. But while demand from home buyers has fallen, home prices have not. (These are the states with the worst housing shortages for low income Americans.)

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According to the real estate market website Realtor.com, the median list price for a home in the United States was $441,445 in May 2023 - 2.7% higher than it was a year earlier. But while such prices are prohibitively high for most Americans, there are parts of the country where homes are selling for far less and where homeownership is still possible for those on a modest budget.

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Where is the Least Expensive Housing Market in Minnesota?

Of the 82 counties in Minnesota with available data from Realtor.com and at least 10 homes actively listed, Faribault County has the least expensive housing market.

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Faribault County MN

The population of Faribault County is 13,921 and it's located on the southernmost border of the state and includes the cities of Blue Earth (county seat), Delavan, Easton, Winnebago, Elmore, Frost, Wells, Minnesota Lake, Walters, Bricelyn, and Kiester.

As of May 2023, the median list price for a home in the area was $119,725, compared to the statewide median list price of $409,950.

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Faribault County, MN

All data in this story is from Realtor.com.

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