So you’ve decided to buy a place of your own. Congratulations! It’s one of the most important decisions you’ll make in your lifetime. But before you start your search, there’s an important step you should take – get pre-approved. A pre-approval indicates that you have been conditionally approved for a mortgage based on information you provided and a review of your credit history.
A pre-approval will let help you estimate how much you can borrow, estimate how much you can afford for a monthly payment, and determine the price range you should look in for a home.
And, when you get pre-approved, there are several benefits that work to your advantage. You’ll show sellers that you’re a serious and qualified buyer, giving you a powerful negotiating edge. You’ll know how much you can afford up-front, allowing you to focus your energy on houses in your price range, and you’ll proceed to closing much faster.
There are several misconceptions about pre-approvals. Don’t equate a pre-qualification with a pre-approval. Unlike a pre-approval, a pre-qualification is a more informal discussion with your lender that does not require a review of your credit report.
And don’t make the mistake of assuming a pre-approval is a final approval either. To finalize the process, you will need to complete and sign a mortgage loan application and provide required documentation to verify your assets and liabilities. Other terms or conditions may be required and will be outlined the pre-approval letter that you will receive from your lender.
So how do lenders determine how much you can borrow? There are several factors, but the most important are these: your income, your debts, the amount of your down payment and your credit history
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