Are you Pre-Qualified or Pre-Approved for a loan?
Before you begin to shop for a new home, you should set up a time to meet or talk with me so we can figure out how much you can afford. This will put you in a better position as a buyer. In today's Real Estate Market, most Sellers and REALTORS are demanding that you provide a Pre-Approval Letter prior to showing you any properties.
That’s when it is important to understand the distinction between being Pre-Qualified for a loan and Pre-Approved for a loan. The difference between the two terms will be crucial when you decide to make an offer on a house.
To get pre-qualified for a loan, I will collect information about your debt, income, and assets. We’ll look at your credit profile and assess goals for a down payment and get an idea of different loan programs that would work for you. I will issue you a pre-qualification letter indicating the amount you are pre-qualified to borrow.
It is important to understand that a Pre-Qualification letter is just an estimate of what you are eligible to borrow, not a commitment to lend. Getting pre-approved for a loan gives you competitive advantage when the time comes to bid on a home because you have been approved for a loan for a specified amount.
To get Pre-Approved, you will complete a mortgage application and provide me with various information verifying your employment, assets and financial status such as W-2 forms, bank records and a credit report. We’ll review your mortgage options and submit your application to the lender that best meets your needs. Once the application process is complete you will receive a pre-approval letter indicating the amount your lender is willing to lend you for your home.
There is no cost or obligation!!!
A Pre-Approval letter is not binding on the lender; it is subject to an appraisal of the home you wish to purchase and certain other conditions. If your financial situation changes (e.g. you lose your job), interest rates rise or a specified expiration date passes, your lender must review your situation and recalculate your mortgage amount accordingly.
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