What is a Mortgage Pre-Approval?
When you are pre-approved for a mortgage, it means a lender has determined how much you can borrow, the loan programs that you may qualify for, as well as the interest rate you qualify for. This assessment is based on things like credit score, income, debts, and employment history. You’ll generally get a written statement from a lender stating this information, which can be used to give sellers confidence that you’ll be approved for a loan after they accept your offer. Most pre-approval letters are good for 60 to 90 days.
Why Should You Get Pre-Approved?
There are many reasons why you should get pre-approved. The most important reason is that you will get an accurate idea of how much home you can afford. This can help to target your home search and ensure you only look at houses that are truly in your price range. A pre-approval letter also helps you prove to real estate agents and sellers that you’re a credible buyer and able to act fast when you find the home you want to buy. Most sellers even require buyers to submit a pre-approval letter with their offers, although having a pre-approval letter does not guarantee that your offer will be accepted by a seller.
Does Pre-Approval Guarantee a Loan?
No. A pre-approval letter is not an offer to lend, a commitment to make a loan, or a guarantee of specific rates or terms. Regardless of pre-approval, a lender may require additional income and asset verification, as well as the satisfaction of other conditions, before extending you a loan. Pre-approval letters are subject to modification or cancellation if your financial situation or other conditions change.
What information is typically needed in the Pre-Approval Process?
How Do You Find a Lender to Get Pre-Approved?
The good news is there is a lender for everyone. As I learn about you and your home-buying goals during the free consultation I will make recommendations on lenders who will be best suited to assist you in getting your own keys!