Creighton University Economics Professor Ernie Goss says his latest Mainstreet Survey shows continued, slow growth in the midwest.
Goss says home sales have been picking up, but about 25-percent of the lendors say they have gotten out of the business of lending for owner-occupied housing, because of banking regulations.
The overall index for the economic survey of bankers in 10 midwestern and plains states has risen for a second consecutive month, suggesting more growth in the months ahead.
The Rural Mainstreet index hit 53.2 in April, compared with 50.1 in March.
The survey indexes range from 0 to 100, with 50 representing growth neutral.
A score above 50 suggests growth in the months ahead.