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Consumer bureau's mortgage rate checker doesn't disclose full costs

WASHINGTON — When the federal government's consumer protection agency for financial matters tells you how to shop for a good deal on a home mortgage, you should follow the advice, right? Maybe some of it. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which was created in the backwash of the worst national mortgage disaster since the Great Depression, recently went online with a new interactive mortgage tool. The CFPB's site (www.consumerfinance.gov) offers helpful tips on shopping and has a guide to loan alternatives, closing costs and a "rate checker" feature. At first glance, the rate checker appears to be a quick way to research prevailing mortgage interest rates...

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