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The signature of a licensed agent, which, in most states, must appear on the policy to validate the contract.


A clause in a mortgage that obligates or restricts the borrower and that, if violated, can result in foreclosure.


An agreement in which a borrower receives something of value in exchange for a promise to repay the lender at a later date.

Credit History

A record of an individual’s open and fully repaid debts. A credit history helps a lender to determine whether a potential borrower has a history of repaying debts in a timely manner.

Credit Insurance

Insurance on a debtor in favor of a lender, intended to pay off a loan or the balance due thereon if the insured dies or is disabled. Credit Life is a type of decreasing term insurance and the face amount of the policy is limited to the amount of the loan. Generally not used as Mortgage Protection Insurance.

Credit Life Insurance

A type of insurance often bought by mortgagors because it will pay off the mortgage debt if the mortgagor dies while the policy is in force.

Credit Report

A report of an individual’s credit history prepared by a credit bureau and used by a lender in determining a loan applicant’s creditworthiness. See merged credit report.

Credit Repository

An organization that gathers, records, updates, and stores financial and public records information about the payment records of individuals who are being considered for credit.


A person to whom money is owed.


A dead-end street that widens at the end creating a circular turnaround area.