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What is a Credit Score?

A credit score is a number that reflects your credit risk level, typically with a higher number indicating lower risk. It is generated through statistical models using elements from your credit report; however, your score is not physically stored as part of your credit history on the credit file. Rather, it is typically generated at the time a lender requests your credit report, and is then included with the report viewed by the creditors. Your credit score is a fluid number, and it changes as the elements in your credit report change. For example, payment updates or a new account could cause your score to fluctuate. There are many different credit scores used in the financial service industry. Your score may be different from lender to lender (or from car loan to mortgage loan), depending on the type of credit scoring model that was used.

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Types of Mortgages

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Conventional Loans: These loans are not insured or guaranteed by the federal government.

Government loans: These types of loans consist of VA (for veterans) and FHA (first time home buyer, troubled credit, little or no money down) Loans

Fixed rate mortgage Loan (FRM): Interest rate and monthly mortgage payments remain the same for the duration of the loan.

Adjustable rate mortgages (ARM): Interest rate and monthly mortgage payments fluctuate over the period of the loan.

Balloon Loans: A short-term fixed-rate loan with low payments for a set number of years and one large final balloon payment of the remainder of the principal.