Get Approved Before You Find a House

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Original content by John Meussner NMLS #138061 MMCD #1141

Get Approved Before You Find a House


Closing dates.  Financing contingencies.  Prequal vs Preapproval.  These are just a few things sellers are looking at when it comes to reviewing offers on their home.  While there are many reason a seller may or may not accept an offer or choose one offer over another, one thing is for certain - any offer that creates FUD (fear, uncertainty, doubt) is going to hurt a potential buyer's chances of getting the home under contract.

One way to get over FUD is to be a buyer that has been fully approved by their lender before they even see the house.  A fully approved buyer can close faster, and more importantly, presents minimal risk to a seller.  A relatively large percentage of real estate contracts never make it to a closing table, and of those who don't make it, issues with financing present one of the largest hurdles that lead to a cancelled contract.  A fully underwritten buyer removes that risk, so a seller can immediately rest assured one of the biggest reasons a contract fails isn't present in their contract.


A fully underwritten offer has verified credit is acceptable, assets are viable for down payment and closing costs, and income/employment have been vetted by an actual underwriter!  While some lenders do not offer underwriting prior to obtaining an executed sales contract, others have different rules in how they handle the process.  On our team, we will have an underwriter do a full underwrite on a loan file for a buyer seeking preapproval.  This includes a full review of anything and everything non-property specific - eg, appraisal, insurance, title, or any condo documentation.  With only those things needed, once a contract is obtained, reviewing the file is made much faster!

An offer with a fully underwritten buyer (from our team) includes a signed certificate from an underwriter verifying the buyer's loan file has been approved and reviewed by an actual underwriter.  This adds additional assurance and removes yet another layer of risk from the transaction (the risk that the loan officer or assistant processing the application may have missed something along the way).


In the current landscape, with the immense amount of buyer competition for comparatively little housing inventory, every advantage matters, and our 'Buyers Advantage' pre-underwriting program is a step we're taking with all buyers as part of the preapproval process.  While we're not the only lender that offers this, there are plenty of lenders who will not offer an underwriting review.  Just the other day, an agent friend called to ask about the process, because her buyer's lender refused, stating that it wasn't possible to have an underwriter review a file prior to an accepted contract.  He was mistaken, and unfortunately others working with a company that wouldn't allow it are putting their customers at a disadvantage when up against lenders that do allow underwriting review.


Offer price matters.  Creating an offer appealing to an individual seller goes a long way toward getting a home.  In addition, with immense competition, every additional advantage helps, and with a pre-underwritten offer, a buyer is comparable in the strength of their financing to cash (and often, can be more competitive if cash buyers are seeking a "discount" on the price of the home).   We're currently offering underwriting approvals for all buyers seeking preapproval, and doing all we can to help our buyer clients stand out from the pack in competitive offer situations.

John Meussner

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Comments (5)

Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727

You picked a winner to reblog! John always has good information to share.

Feb 09, 2022 10:29 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727

Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 
Yes, we are so fortunate on ActiveRain. So many amazing people we may learn from as we go along.
Take care - Lynn

Feb 10, 2022 09:21 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Lynn. You can begin shopping in earnest until you know what your limits are. Great post by John. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your day

Feb 10, 2022 04:57 AM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727

Wayne Martin 
Thanks for consistently stopping by. Makes me SMILE!!! every time I see you here. Yes, knowing is so helpful.  L.

Feb 10, 2022 09:22 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Lynn John Meussner is very good at what he does, and always has great advice to share.

Feb 10, 2022 02:56 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727

George Souto 
I was so happy to see John Meussner  at your Zoom presentation. Every week we learn so much and IMHO - your session was one of the best we ever had! Lynn

Feb 10, 2022 09:23 PM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

Thank you, Lynn - appreciate the share and the kind words of support!

Feb 10, 2022 06:35 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727

John Meussner 
Both are well-deserved! Take care - L.

Feb 10, 2022 09:20 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

You would think that getting approved would be logical. Not everything is as common sense as I thinking of us think

Feb 10, 2022 11:01 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727

Laura Cerrano 
Yes, true observation! L.

Feb 11, 2022 05:25 AM