Google prepares to launch mortgage comparison tool

Google prepares to launch mortgage comparison tool

“Compare” service for mortgages already in use in the U.K.

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Realtor.com: Housing inventory increased in February

Price appreciation encouraging owners to sell
Trey Garrison
Housing inventories are growing, with homeowners on the fence feeling the go-ahead from rising home prices. Here's what's happening.
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Housing’s critical problems are “intrinsic to the GSEs’ charters”

Private capital at the center of reform
Brena Swanson
Private capital is the cornerstone of the housing reform movement, as the U.S. Treasury and other housing regulators push for more reform to ensure that the financial crisis will never occur again. This needs to happen before any talks on getting rid of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, according to Michael Stegman, counselor to the secretary for housing finance policy with the Treasury.
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Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates at 21-month low

Economic factors push rates down
Trey Garrison
Mortgage rates slid again this past week, but with little impact on mortgage applications. Here's what happened.
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Mortgage credit got more available in February

Jumbos, 97% LTVs lead the way
Trey Garrison
Mortgage credit got more available in February, but not in the primary lanes. Here's what happened.
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Initial jobless claims jump dramatically

Bad omen for Friday’s employment situation report
Trey Garrison
Initial jobless claims jumped dramatically, and the 4-week rolling average is rising. This could be bad news for Friday and the economy in general.
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How many underwater homes hold risky second-liens?

Higher payments coming and average payment spike hits $146 per month
Trey Garrison
A second life for silent seconds risk? It could be, according to what RealtyTrac has found. Here's what's happening and why we all should be concerned.
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Report: Citigroup forgot to send 23,000 settlement checks

Still owes $20 million as part of Independent Foreclosure Review
Ben Lane
According to a report from Bloomberg, Citigroup did not send settlement checks to approximately 23,000 borrowers who are eligible for payment under the Independent Foreclosure Review and is now preparing to mail out $20 million worth of checks to those borrowers.
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Google prepares to launch mortgage comparison tool

“Compare” service for mortgages already in use in the U.K.
Ben Lane
It’s beginning to look like Google launching a mortgage payment calculator was the first step in a much larger plan to expand the online giant’s footprint in the mortgage market. According to a report from Gigaom, Google is preparing to launch a mortgage comparison tool via its Compare service.
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Warning: Early GDP indicator flashing red

Atlanta Fed GDPNow forecast dropping ominously
Trey Garrison
If you’re looking for reassurances that everything will be okay, this isn’t the story. If you want the scoop on what the Atlanta Fed thinks and why it’s bad, keep reading.
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More MLSs give Zillow direct home listings

Continues efforts to counter pending loss of ListHub data
Ben Lane
With ListHub-provided listings set to disappear from Zillow in just over a month, the Zillow Group is continuing in its efforts to secure listing agreements with multiple listing services to provide listing data directly to Zillow. Here are the latest members of Zillow’s Partnership Platform.
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