Zillow is now a mortgage lender, launches Zillow Home Loans

Zillow | April 02, 2019

Zillow has owned a mortgage company for approximately six months, having purchased Mortgage Lenders of America in November 2018, but now, the online real estate giant has truly become a mortgage lender as well. Zillow announced Tuesday that it is launching its own mortgage lending operation, which it is calling Zillow Home Loans. For years, prospective homebuyers could search for a mortgage through Zillow’s site, as lenders paid to have their interest rates and terms listed on Zillow’s mortgage marketplace. Now, they’ll have a new competitor: Zillow itself.

Spotlight

With 150 million properties and growing, the U.S. is an extraordinarily fertile market for real estate law professionals. If you want to take full advantage of market opportunities, it’s vitally important to have a diversifi ed set of tools and the ability to conduct property research effi ciently and accurately is one of the most valuable to possess.

Spotlight

With 150 million properties and growing, the U.S. is an extraordinarily fertile market for real estate law professionals. If you want to take full advantage of market opportunities, it’s vitally important to have a diversifi ed set of tools and the ability to conduct property research effi ciently and accurately is one of the most valuable to possess.

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