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|Synonyms:||credit summary, dossier of credit history|
|Notes:||A report that outlines the credit worthiness of an individual or entity.|
|Filed Under:||financial-banking, mortgages|
|Tags:||credit rating, qualification|
Definition of credit report (CR)
- credit report (CR)
- 1. A report on past behaviour regarding a borrower's willingness and ability to repay debt in a timely manner. This report is provided to the bank by an outside agency.
Related Terms and Acronyms:
credit bureau (CB)
A company that collects and sells information about how people handle credit. It issues credit reports that list how individuals manage their debts and make payments, how much untapped credit they have available and whether they have applied for any loans. The reports are made available to individuals and to creditors who profess to have a legitimate need for the information.
➥ Company that determines one's credit worthiness.
credit card (CC)
A plastic card with a coded magnetic stripe that, when signed, entitles its bearer to a revolving line of credit, with a credit limit and interest rate determined by the borrower's income and credit report.
➥ A payment card that gives customers access to a revolving line of credit.
credit rating (CR)
A judgement of a person's ability to repay debts. The rating is often based on a person's current and projected income and past debt payment history. Also called a credit score.
➥ A metric to measure the credit worthiness of a debtor.
- Equifax (EF) A major credit bureau company in Canada along with Trans Union.
gross debt service (GDS)
The total monthly mortgage (or rent) payments, property taxes, utilities and maintenance fees as a percentage of gross monthly income.
➥ Used by mortgage lender underwriters to determine one's ability to qualify for a mortgage loan.
- property report A legal disclosure that developers of timeshare properties are required to give to prospective buyers.
- qualifying ratios As calculated by lenders, the percentage of income that is spent on housing debt and combined household debt. The first qualifying ratio, called the gross debt service or GDS is up to and including a maximum of 32% of the combined gross family income. The second qualifying ratio is the Total debt service or TDS is up to and including 40% of gross income.
- sub-prime mortgage A mortgage loan that is granted to a borrower who is considered sub-prime (has a less-than-perfect credit report). Sub-prime borrowers have either missed payments on a debt or have made late payments. Lenders charge a higher interest rate to compensate for potential losses from customers who may default on the loan.
- total debt service (TDS) The ratio of a borrower's total monthly debt payments to his or her monthly gross income. Lenders use this ratio to determine how much of a loan a borrower is qualified for.
- underwriting (UW) Assessing individuals for eligibility and issuing and distributing a financial product such as insurance, equity capital or credit.
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- inspection report — Definition
- liabilities — Definition
- merged credit report — Definition
- pre-qualification — Definition
- revolving credit — Definition
- sub-prime borrower — Definition
- TransUnion (TU) — Acronym
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