WHEN SHOULD YOU GET PREAPPROVED?
If you’re even considering purchasing a home in the next year, the time to start the pre-approval process is now. Why so early? Here’s some advice to get you on track to a smooth purchase transaction. While you don’t want to actually apply for the loan until your are ready to make an offer on a home, working on the pre-approval process allows you to address any concerns that crop up on your credit report, save for extra downpayment, and know how much you can afford before you fall in love with that out-of-reach house.
House hunting without knowing how much mortgage you can be approved for is like a novice making a cake without following a recipe. It might turn out okay, but more likely it will be a disaster.
In a competitive market, you might find the perfect house, but can’t make an offer on it because you don’t know if it’s even in the ballpark of what you can afford. That house could slip through your fingers because other—more prepared—buyers know what fits their budget or overall financial situation, and can make the offer at once. Many sellers, or their agents, reject offers from potential buyers that do not have a preapproval letter from their bank. When the buyer has a preapproval letter, the lender has already verified the borrower’s information, documentation, employment history, income and credit. Even though the preapproval is not an actual loan commitment, it is farther along than without it, and can shorten the underwriting process and loan approval process.
Seek professional advice
As your real estate professional, I can point you in the right direction before you get too far in the process of home shopping. I know lenders that can meet your needs and give you direction on which types of loans might work for your situation. Fill out the form on this page and well send you 3 great local mortgage professionals that can you get you started with the pre-approval process.