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Online data service sees fewer risky home loan apps

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Risky home loan applications are on the decline, indicating that the frenzied phase of the current real estate cycle has passed in most regional markets, a consumer Web site reported. Lenders review home loan applications as a safeguard against potential market risk, and those reviews have helped collateral risk decline by 28 percent during the last year, according to HomeSmartReports.com, which provides consumers online access to sales trends and property value estimates. The decline was strongest in Washington D.C., Ohio and Nevada. The only states currently seeing an uptick in risky loan applications are Nebraska, South Dakota, Vermont, Arizona and Idaho, the Web site reported. "The sense of urgency among potential buyers and those who want to refinance appears to have passed in most markets. When a market is hot there's always a rambunctious phase where sellers try to game the peak, buyers stretch to get in before it's too late, and homeowners try to lock in equity gains with new...