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Should you get pre-approved prior to house hunting?

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The short and sweet answer is, YES!  Figuring out your purchasing power, determining which loan option is best and budgeting are crucial steps in the home buying process.

Getting pre-approved for a mortgage is an important and easy  step in the home-buying process. Here's a brief overview:

1. Gather financial documents: Start by gathering important financial documents such as pay stubs, W-2 forms, tax returns, bank statements, and any other documents that demonstrate your income, assets, and debts.

2. Research and choose a lender: Research different lenders and compare their mortgage rates, terms, and customer reviews. Choose a lender that suits your needs and preferences.

3. Complete a pre-approval application: Contact your chosen lender and complete a pre-approval application. This involves providing your personal information, employment details, income, and the amount you wish to borrow.

4. Credit check and verification: The lender will perform a credit check to assess your creditworthiness. They will also verify the information provided in your application, such as employment and income details.

5. Receive pre-approval letter: If you meet the lender's criteria, you will receive a pre-approval letter. This document states the maximum amount you are pre-approved to borrow, based on the lender's evaluation of your financial situation.

6. Understand the terms and conditions: Review the terms and conditions of the pre-approval, including the interest rate, loan type, and any specific requirements or limitations.

7. Start house hunting: Armed with your pre-approval letter, you can confidently search for a home within your budget. Sellers often consider pre-approved buyers more seriously, as they have demonstrated their financial readiness.

It's important to note that pre-approval is not a guarantee of a mortgage. The final approval will depend on factors such as the property appraisal, title search, and underwriting process once you find a specific property.

Need a local lender you can trust?  Feel free to call or email me for a list of lenders I have partnered with over my near 20 year career in  Southwest Florida Real Estate.