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Erin is vice president of mortgages at Zillow. She leads Zillow’s efforts to connect borrowers with lenders, and to empower consumers with the information and tools to make smart decisions about financing homes.

Stories by Erin Lantz

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Refinancing in a Volatile Rate Market: Get the Facts First

Think you’re ready to start the loan process? Don’t make a move until you’ve asked your lender these five questions.

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Rates Near 2014 Lows: What You Need to Know Before Locking In

A dip in mortgage rates has many home buyers and refinancers wondering how they can capitalize on current market conditions.

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Is It Too Hard To Get a Mortgage?

Lenders are exercising more caution in the wake of the financial crisis. Are they giving home buyers too tough a challenge?

Infographic: Why Is 20% Ideal for a Down Payment?

By putting down 20 percent of a home’s purchase price, you’ll avoid paying private mortgage insurance (PMI), and your monthly mortgage payments will be lower.

Infographic: Mortgage Pre-Approval 101

Zillow users who meet a lender’s guidelines can receive a mortgage pre-approval letter online and on mobile Web in just minutes.

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Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage on Zillow

With limited housing inventory in many markets this spring, home shoppers can expect bidding wars and tough competition, especially for […]

Infographic: What 1% Will Save You on Your Mortgage

For a $300,000 mortgage with a 20% down payment and a 30-year fixed rate mortgage of 4.5% vs. 5.5%, you can save $52,794 over the life of the loan.

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What You Need to Know About the New Mortgage Rules

The basic purpose of the new rules is to help make sure you — the borrower — can afford to repay your mortgage.

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Infographic: History of Mortgage Rates

Since 1971, when mortgage rates first started being tracked, they have ranged from a high of 18.63 percent in the […]

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Zillow Mortgage Marketplace App First to Quote Government-Backed Refis for Underwater Borrowers

The Zillow Mortgage Marketplace app is the first and only mobile app to provide underwater homeowners with easy access to a marketplace of loan quotes for the HARP and FHA Streamline programs.

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Zillow to Acquire Mortech to Add Professional Services to Zillow Mortgage Marketplace

Today, we’re excited to announce we’ve entered into an agreement to acquire Mortech, a mortgage technology company that provides software tools to mortgage professionals.

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NEW: Zillow Mortgage Marketplace App for iPad

The Zillow Mortgage Marketplace App for iPad is a new personalized mortgage research and shopping app designed especially for the iPad’s interactive, multi-touch capabilities.

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Ratings and Reviews: Making the Difference for Lenders

We often read great pieces about how ratings and reviews on Zillow can have a positive impact on consumers who […]

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Review Your Lender for a Chance to Win an iPad

If you’d like to share your experience with your lender and get a chance to win a brand new iPad, submit a review for a lender in Zillow’s directory.

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5 Tips on Email Marketing for Mortgage Professionals

The following guest post is written by Jared Nielsen, who works on the business development team at Mortech, based in […]

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