Canadian Financial, Real Estate and Mortgage Glossary

How often this word is used
62% - Often


Synonyms:accepting, endorsing, insuring, promoting, qualifying, sponsoring, verifying
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Filed Under: financial-banking, insurance, investments, legal-contracts, mortgages, real-estate
Tags: insurance, mortgage

Definition of underwriting (UW)

underwriting (UW)
1. To support or agree to (a decision, for example). In real estate, underwriting refers to the analysis of the risk involved for a lender to grant a mortgage loan and whether or not the risk is acceptable. Underwriting involves a property evaluation as outlined in the appraisal report, and an evaluation of the borrower's ability and willingness to repay the loan.
2. The process undertaken by a financial service provider that consists of assessing a client for eligibility for a financial product (such as insurance, equity capital, credit or mortgages) and potentially issuing or distributing a product.

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  • 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.
  • credit report (CR)   A report on a loan applicant's willingness and ability to make payments in a timely manner in the past. This report is provided to the bank by an outside agency.
      ➥  A report that outlines the credit worthiness of an individual or entity.
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  • premium   A payment made to an insurance company for insurance coverage.
  • secondary market   A market where financial instruments such as stocks, bonds, options and futures are bought and sold to investors.
  • underwriter   An entity that issues and distributes financial products including equity capital, credit, mortgages, and insurance.
  • underwriting guide   The rules and guidelines an underwriter must follow while writing policies.
  • underwriting risk   The total amount of risk an entity takes on from underwriting something.

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