Lenders & Pre-Approvals
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The best place to start your property search is with a pre-approval.
When considering a property purchase, the first step is to contact a local lender to learn how much money you are eligible to borrow. There are a variety of financial institutions that fund mortgage loans, including banks, credit unions, and mortgage companies. Regardless of what type of institution you choose, you will be assigned a loan officer who will request some financial information from you, including an overview of your credit score. Your lender will use this information to determine the amount you are able to borrow. Once this process is completed, you will receive a pre-approval letter. This letter is a written commitment from the lender to grant a mortgage loan based on your financial information.
It is highly recommended that you acquire this pre-approval letter before you begin your property search. Confirming what mortgage you can afford allows your real estate agent to search in the proper price range and gives them a better understanding of your specific needs. A pre-approval letter also means a higher offer acceptance rate; brokers and sellers are far more likely to accept an offer from a buyer who has been pre-approved. Overall, acquiring the letter first allows for a smoother process overall, getting you into your new home with far fewer complications.
In some cases, a buyer’s credit report may reveal some negative information, like a high debt-to-income ratio or a low credit score. Discovering this information is part of the home purchasing process as well, and your loan officer will use this information to tell you the steps you should take to improve the issue. If it is not possible to get approved for any reason, your lender can offer guidance on what you can do in order to qualify for a mortgage loan in the future.
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