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Alison writes about rental and mortgage market trends for Zillow Blog.

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Can You Afford to Rent?

A Zillow Rentals analysis found that in many major U.S. cities, renters need to earn $24 per hour or more to be able to afford a median-priced rental.

Mortgage Pre-Approval Now Available on Zillow Real Estate for Android

Fill out a simple questionnaire and, if you meet the lender’s requirements, you will receive a pre-approval letter directly on your mobile device.

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Zillowites Conquer the Tough Mudder

More than 100 Seattle-based employees tackled the mud-filled obstacle race.

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Instant Mortgage Pre-Approval Now Available on Mobile

No matter where they are, buyers can get a pre-approval letter sent straight to their smartphone and can then save, print, email or share the letter with their agent and home sellers.

How Much Waiting to Buy Could Cost You

The house you can afford today may be out of reach a year from now due to rising interest rates and home price appreciation.

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Real Estate Predictions & the Hottest Housing Markets for 2014

Take a look at Zillow’s four bold predictions for real estate and mortgages, and let us know whether you think our predictions will come true.

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3 of 10 Americans Unlikely to Qualify for a Mortgage

Borrowers with credit scores below 620 are unlikely to qualify for a mortgage, according to a Zillow Mortgage Marketplace analysis.

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NEW: Let Schools Drive Your Next Home Search

Zillow is the first and only home shopping resource where shoppers can combine school types all in one search.

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New FHA Rule Allows Some Foreclosed Homeowners to Buy After 1 Year

To be eligible for the program, borrowers must be able to prove that a major economic event such as a job loss or severe reduction in income (20 percent for at least six months) was the main catalyst in losing their home.

10 Mortgage Misconceptions

With the real estate market picking up and mortgage rates prime for refinancing, Zillow has compiled a list of common mortgage misconceptions based off the results of the just released 2013 Mortgage IQ Survey.

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What Is Your Mortgage IQ? It Might Be Lower Than You Think

The Mortgage IQ Survey showed that prospective home buyers answered very basic mortgage questions wrong nearly one-third of the time.

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HARP, a Program to Help Underwater Borrowers Refinance, Has Been Extended

HARP is one of two government programs aimed at helping homeowners who are current on their mortgage — but have little to no equity — refinance their mortgage into a lower interest rate.

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Single No More! Where to Move for Love in 2013

“If I stay here, I’ll forever be single. I just can’t seem to find the right person in this town.” […]

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Foreclosure Discount Falls to 7.7 Percent Nationally

Today Zillow released a new foreclosure discount analysis that takes a new approach to answering the question, “How much can I save by buying a foreclosure?”

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Massive Inventory Shrinkage Hits First-Time Home Buyers in California

Data released by Zillow today shows that lower-priced inventory, which is commonly sought by first-time home buyers, has seen steep annual declines.

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