Esteban Arce at Mortgage Approval Group

* Adjustable-Rate Mortgage (ARM)
 A mortgage with an interest rate that changes during the life of the loan according to movements in an index rate. Sometimes called AMLs (adjustable mortgage loans) or VRMs (variable-rate mortgages). * Annual Percentage Rate (APR) 
The cost of credit, expressed as a yearly rate including interest, mortgage insurance, and loan origination fees. This allows the buyer to compare loans, however APR should not be confused with the actual note rate. * Appraisal 
A written analysis prepared by a qualified appraiser and estimating the value of a property. * Appraised Value 
An opinion of a property's fair market value, based on an appraiser's knowledge, experience, and analysis of the property. * Broker
 An individual or company that brings borrowers and lenders together for the purpose of loan origination. * Closing Costs
 These are expenses - over and above the price of the property - that are incurred by buyers and sellers when transferring ownership of a property. Closing costs normally include an origination fee, property taxes, charges for title insurance and escrow costs, appraisal fees, etc. Closing costs will vary according to the area country and the lenders used. * Credit Report 
A report detailing an individual's credit history that is prepared by a credit bureau and used by a lender to determine a loan applicant's creditworthiness. * Credit Risk Score 
A credit score measures a consumer's credit risk relative to the rest of the U.S. population, based on the individual's credit usage history. The credit score most widely used by lenders is the FICO® score, developed by Fair, Issac and Company. This 3-digit number, ranging from 300 to 850, is calculated by a mathematical equation that evaluates many types of information that are on your credit report. Higher FICO® scores represents lower credit risks, which typically equate to better loan terms. In general, credit scores are critical in the mortgage loan underwriting process. * Down Payment
 Part of the purchase price of a property that is paid in cash and not financed with a mortgage. * Equity
 The amount of financial interest in a property. Equity is the difference between the fair market value of the property and the amount still owed on the mortgage. * Escrow 
An item of value, money, or documents deposited with a third party to be delivered upon the fulfillment of a condition. For example, the deposit of funds or documents into an escrow account to be disbursed upon the closing of a sale of real estate. * Fannie Mae
 A congressionally chartered, shareholder-owned company that is the nation's largest supplier of home mortgage funds. * FHA Mortgage 
A mortgage that is insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). Also known as a government mortgage. * FICO Score
 FICO® scores are the most widely used credit score in U.S. mortgage loan underwriting. This 3-digit number, ranging from 300 to 850, is calculated by a mathematical equation that evaluates many types of information that are on your credit report. Higher FICO® scores represent lower credit risks, which typically equate to better loan terms. * Fixed-Rate Mortgage (FRM) 
A mortgage interest that are fixed throughout the entire term of the loan. * HUD-1 statement 
A document that provides an itemized listing of the funds that are payable at closing. Items that appear on the statement include real estate commissions, loan fees, points, and initial escrow amounts. Each item on the statement is represented by a separate number within a standardized numbering system. The totals at the bottom of the HUD-1 statement define the seller's net proceeds and the buyer's net payment at closing. * Index
 The index is the measure of interest rate changes a lender uses to decide the amount an interest rate on an ARM will change over time.The index is generally a published number or percentage, such as the average interest rate or yield on Treasury bills. Some index rates tend to be higher than others and some more volatile. * Initial Interest Rate 
This refers to the original interest rate of the mortgage at the time of closing. This rate changes for an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM). It's also known as "start rate" or "teaser." * Line of Credit
 An agreement by a commercial bank or other financial institution to extend credit up to a certain amount for a certain time. * Monthly Fixed Installment 
That portion of the total monthly payment that is applied toward principal and interest. When a mortgage negatively amortizes, the monthly fixed installment does not include any amount for principal reduction and doesn't cover all of the interest. The loan balance therefore increases instead of decreasing. * Mortgage
 A legal document that pledges a property to the lender as security for payment of a debt. * Mortgage Banker
 A company that originates mortgages exclusively for resale in the secondary mortgage market. * Mortgage Broker 
An individual or company that brings borrowers and lenders together for the purpose of loan origination. * Mortgage Insurance
 A contract that insures the lender against loss caused by a mortgagor's default on a government mortgage or conventional mortgage. Mortgage insurance can be issued by a private company or by a government agency. * Pre-Approval 
The process of determining how much money you will be eligible to borrow before you apply for a loan. * Principal Balance
 The outstanding balance of principal on a mortgage not including interest or any other charges. * Principal, Interest, Taxes, and Insurance (PITI) 
The four components of a monthly mortgage payment. Principal refers to the part of the monthly payment that reduces the remaining balance of the mortgage. Interest is the fee charged for borrowing money. Taxes and insurance refer to the monthly cost of property taxes and homeowners insurance, whether these amounts that are paid into an escrow account each month or not. * Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) 
Mortgage insurance provided by a private mortgage insurance company to protect lenders against loss if a borrower defaults. Most lenders generally require MI for a loan with a loan-to-value (LTV) percentage in excess of 80 percent. * Rate Lock 
A commitment issued by a lender to a borrower or other mortgage originator guaranteeing a specified interest rate and lender costs for a specified period of time. * Real Estate Agent
 A person licensed to negotiate and transact the sale of real estate on behalf of the property owner. * Refinance 
Paying off one loan with the proceeds from a new loan using the same property as security. * Underwriting
 The process of evaluating a loan application to determine the risk involved for the lender. Underwriting involves an analysis of the borrower's creditworthiness and the quality of the property itself. * VA Mortgage
 A mortgage that is guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Also known as a government mortgage. * "Wrap Around" Mortgage 
A mortgage that includes the remaining balance on an existing first mortgage plus an additional amount requested by the mortgagor. Full payments on both mortgages are made to the "Wrap Around" mortgagee, who then forwards the payments on the first mortgage to the first mortgagee. These mortgages may not be allowed by the first mortgage holder, and if discovered, could be subject to a demand for full payment. Thank you for contacing a Tampa, Florida mortgage loan broker!