Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) launched a new online tool that uses information collected under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) to create interactive heat maps and graphs that make local mortgage trends more accessible and transparent to consumers, a bureau press release announced. The tool "focuses on the number of mortgage applications and originations, in addition to loan purposes and loan types for 2010 through 2012." Among the trends highlighted in the tool are: mortgage applications and originations were up; mortgage volume increased, driven by refinancing; and there was increased reliance on mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and those guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). For more, read the full press release and access the HDMA tool.