Borrowers get a crack at lending black box

Part 1: New Web tools let consumers play mortgage broker

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Editor’s note: Part 1 of a three-part series on new online mortgage tools kicks off with a look at LendingArt.com.

If lenders once had the upper hand over borrowers shopping for a mortgage over the Internet — thanks in part because of Web sites that sell an applicant’s personal information as leads — the balance of power may be shifting to consumers.