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While shopping for a home may be pleasant, serious buyers need to start the process in a lender's office, not an open house – and by obtaining a mortgage pre-approval. This process, basically an evaluation that determines whether the borrower qualifies for a loan, is important for several reasons.
First and foremost, in today's real estate market, most sellers expect buyers have one, and may only negotiate with people who have proof that they can obtain financing. Second, would-be homeowners learn the maximum amount they can borrow. They can also have an opportunity to discuss financing options and budgeting with the lender. Finally, if there is any problem with their credit, they'll get a heads-up about it. (For related reading, see A Guide to Buying a House in the U.S).
Pre-qualification Vs. Pre-approval
Although they sound alike, being pre-qualified for a loan is not the same thing as being pre-approved.
Pre-qualification is the initial step in the mortgage broker lender process, and it's generally fairly simple. To pre-qualify for a mortgage, you meet with a Titusville Mortgage Broker Expert (though the procedure can also be done over the phone or on the internet), and provide information about your assets, income, and liabilities. Based on that information, the lender will estimate roughly how much money you can borrow. The entire process is informal. It can be useful as an estimate of how much you can afford to spend on a residence, but because it's a quick procedure – and based only on the information you provide to the local mortgage lender – your pre-qualified amount is not a sure thing; it's just the amount for which you might expect to be approved. For this reason, being a pre-qualified buyer doesn't carry the same weight as being a pre-approved buyer who has been more thoroughly investigated.
With pre-approval, the lender checks your credit and verifies your financial and employment information and documentation; this not only confirms your ability to qualify for a mortgage but approves a specific loan amount (usually for a particular period, such as 90 days).
ALWAYS USE A LOCAL MORTGAGE LENDER TO GET
PRE-APPROVED FOR A LOAN