Google could be your next mortgage broker

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Shopping for a mortgage? Google is now a licensed mortgage broker.The tech giant launched Google Compare for mortgages on Monday that will allow potential home buyers to find and compare home loans.

NEW YORK — Shopping for a mortgage? Google is now a licensed mortgage broker.

The tech giant launched Google Compare for mortgages on Monday that will allow potential home buyers to find and compare home loans.

When looking to buy a home, experts recommend shopping around to find the best mortgage terms. With Google Compare, users will be able to enter personal information, including property value, down payment size and approximate credit score to get tailored results. The results will also show lenders’ ratings and reviews.

Homeowners can also use the tool to refinance their mortgages.

The product is currently only available in California, but the company plans to expand into other states.

Google acknowledged that lender participation is based on a flexible cost-per-lead model, which means the company is paid by the mortgage lenders.

Google has partnered with local and national lenders, including Zillow and Lending Tree.

The mortgage comparison tool adds to Google Compare’s offerings, which also allow users to shop around for car insurance quotes and credit card offers.