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The difference between a Pre-Approval and a Pre-Qualification letter.
I think the understanding of what the difference is between a pre-qualification and a pre-approval letter is very important, especially in today's market. I am finding to many consumers that have been led that they were pre-approved, when they were hardly pre-qualified.
If a loan officer or the lender hasn't collected your pay stubs for 30 days, 2 months worth of bank statements, and at least your W-2's... and, that you haven't filled out a mortgage application...  Then you aren't officially pre-approved.   Thanks, Jeff Belonger
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Do you know the difference, as a consumer or even as a realtor? It can be deceiving when shopping for a home, because you might think that you are fully approved, but you aren't. Why doe this matter? There are several reasons why. 
Pre-Qualification Letter 
Just a standard letter by the lender stating that they have either verified your information over the phone or from your originals. The loan officer will review the information, anything from credit, to income, and with regards to assets. They then will place you in a certain program and go over the details with you. Usually to put ... more

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