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Financial considerations & preparations are central to any home purchase. It’s important to understand that interest rates can change at any time & that the mortgage industry is highly competitive. Partnering with a mortgage broker or financial institution to help you find the right mortgage at the best rate is key to your home buying process.
**Remember: Ask questions about payout penalties and terms. Read the fine print!!
Pre-Qualification VS Pre-Approval
A lender will look at your finances & figure the amount of mortgage you can afford. Then the lender will then give you a written confirmation, or certificate, for a fixed interest rate. This confirmation will be good for a specific period of time.
Typically you will first pre-qualify for a mortgage, then get pre-approved before you find the specific home you wish to purchase. It’s essential to understand the difference, & to clarify which your lender is providing.
An informal determination by a lender to grant or mortgage broker stating the amount of mortgage you can afford.
A guarantee in writing by a lender to grant you a loan up to a specified amount (subject to receiving full documentation). A pre-approved mortgage is not guarantee of being approved for the mortgage loan.
3 advantages of obtaining a loan pre-approval as early as possible in your home buying process:
1. You will know where to begin your home search process.
2. Sellers will find any offer you make more attractive if you are pre-approved for a mortgage.
3. The length of time before closing can be shorter if you’ve secured a mortgage approval prior to signing a contract to purchase property.