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Pre-approval or Pre-qualification? What do you need?

When thinking of buying home, you must first realize how much you can afford.


A prequalification letter is a document from a lender stating that the lender is tentatively willing to lend to you, up to a certain loan amount. It is based on your self-reported financial information, and it is not a guaranteed loan offer. However, it can help you show your financial strength and the likelihood of getting a mortgage to sellers.


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To obtain a prequalification letter, you will need to provide some basic financial information, such as your income, assets, debts, and credit history. The lender or an online mortgage pre-qual and pre-approval site will use this information to determine the maximum eligible loan amount based on your borrowing profile.


You can reach out to lenders and provide the necessary details for evaluation. They will assess your financial situation and issue a prequalification letter if you meet their criteria. It’s important to note that a prequalification letter is not a guaranteed loan offer but can help you show your financial strength and the likelihood of getting a mortgage to sellers.


Please note that the process may vary depending on the lender or online platform you choose. It’s advisable to consult with a mortgage professional or use reputable online resources for more specific guidance tailored to your situation.


A pre-approval letter is a document that states the loan amount a lender is willing to make to a borrower. It is not a guarantee to lend, but it carries significant weight, especially to other parties in a real estate transaction such as agents and sellers. A pre-approval letter tells sellers that you are serious about purchasing and gives you more time to save money for closing costs and down payment.


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To obtain a pre-approval letter, you will need to provide detailed financial information, such as your income, assets, debts, and credit history. The lender will use this information to determine the maximum eligible loan amount based on your borrowing profile.


You can reach out to lenders and provide the necessary details for evaluation1. They will assess your financial situation and issue a pre-approval letter if you meet their criteria. A pre-approval letter is not a guaranteed loan offer but carries significant weight, especially to other parties in a real estate transaction such as agents and sellers.

The process may vary depending on the lender or online platform you choose. It’s advisable to consult with a mortgage professional or use reputable online resources for more specific guidance tailored to your situation.


Please note that a pre-approval letter is not the same as a prequalification letter. A prequalification letter is based on self-reported financial information and is not a guaranteed loan offer, while a pre-approval letter is based on detailed financial information and carries significant weight in real estate transactions.



Conclusion:


A prequalification letter is a less strong document from a lender stating that the lender is tentatively willing to lend to you, up to a certain loan amount. It is based on your self-reported financial information, and it is not a guaranteed loan offer. However, it can help you show your financial strength and the likelihood of getting a mortgage to sellers.


On the other hand, a pre-approval letter is a document that states the loan amount a lender is willing to make to a borrower. It is not a guarantee to lend, but it carries significant weight, especially to other parties in a real estate transaction such as agents and sellers. A pre-approval letter tells sellers that you are serious about purchasing and gives you more time to save money for closing costs and down payment.



It is strongly recommended that you obtain a pre-approval letter BEFORE searching for home. Some agents don't want to waste their time (and money) on non-pre-approved clients. Some sellers, as well, ask for pre-approval letter filed with the offer.


You can go to your own lender that you have an account with, shop around for best loan option with other lenders, or ask help from your agent, as they often have very useful information and contact you may find helpful.



Your Real Estate Specialist,

Marina Zaric

(425)802-6774

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