The number of foreclosed homes rose over the summer after fewer people at risk received assistance lowering their monthly mortgage payments, a new report shows.

About 470,000 homeowners received help either directly from banks or through government programs in the July-September quarter, according to a report released Wednesday by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and Office of Thrift Supervision. That's a 17 percent drop from the previous quarter and a decline of 32 percent from the same period last year.

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Kansas possibly offers the most affordable real estate in the U.S. – homes that are built strong and located in communities built for the sturdy.  In fact, residents have long been of good stock, able to defend themselves, their homes, and their jobs.  Early in the history of Lincoln County, an armed man was shot dead by the cashier of the Sylvan State Bank after attempting a robbery.  His two accomplices escaped by horseback, never to be seen again.

Kansas is filled with tales like this and dozens of sites of interest.  President Lincoln’s assassin John Wilkes Booth hid out in a hole in Concordia, there’s a space-themed indoor swimming pool in Hutchinson, and you can see a concrete teepee in Lawrence.  

Like the teepee, homes in Kansas are built to last.  Many feature wood trim, hardwood floors, and are incredibly affordable. For example, one house with almost 2000 square feet, three bedrooms, two baths and a bonus room sits on a large lot with shade trees.  It’s priced at an incredible ,000

In Dodge City, you can find a 0,000 piece of real estate with almost 4,000 square feet, three bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, and a plush yard that features a wooden bridge over a gorgeous water feature.

If your taste runs toward land big enough to house a horse ranch with six concreted stalls, along with a tac room, pond, greenhouse, and safe room is available in Benton, Kansas. This gorgeous piece of real estate sits on 40 acres of manicured lawn and some wooded acreage, and is available for just over a half million dollars.

If you’d prefer to participate in a sport less tame than horsemanship, the sunflower state is wide open for outdoorsmen. Sylvan Grove is an area that’s renowned for great hunting and fishing because a 9,000 acre lake is located on the Wilson River.  With 100 miles of shoreline, the lake is just 10-minutes from town.  The area is also famous for its magnificent sandstone, used by early settlers to build fences and even a nearby well-known double-arched bridge that evokes a sense of longing for bygone days.

The best part of Kansas is you don’t have to long for the simple life anymore.  If you come for a visit, you may fall in love with this affordable, natural state and choose to live here.

If you try to live or pick a land property in Kansas, you should know the mortgage rates across it. A mortgage calculator is a very good and helpful tool to use. Kansas mortgage rates may vary but just try to compare the rates from some of the most reputable lenders across Kansas area.

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