Perhaps you are like many others, who live paycheck to paycheck. So what is the first thing you should do if you are serious about buying a new home? Of course, understanding your credit score and where it falls against the National average and against lender requirements is very important.Credit can be complicated so seeking advice in this matter isn’t a bad idea. After getting a good look at your credit and addressing any issues it is wise to find a mortgage specialist to help you come up with a plan.
Here in this article, we will be going through the preliminary steps for getting pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage loan.
Steps to get pre-qualify:
– Speak to your mortgage specialist and thoroughly go through your income, employment history, credit profile, including liabilities and assets available for the transaction. This process should be repeated for any borrowers on to be included on the loan. Discuss any concerns or potential issues so that the lender can best understand your financial position and borrowing capability.
– The pre-qualification process is not an official bank approval but should be taken seriously. Giving inaccurate or partial information will only delay the process in the long run. Prequalification is generally viewed as a good estimate regarding what the borrower can afford in a loan amount. With a prequalification in hand you may begin to seriously look at houses that fall in the range listed in the prequalification.
– Going through the pre-qualification process tells you how expensive a home you can afford. It is a good tool to use to help you decide how much money you are comfortable borrowing and it will allow you to see what types of properties fall within your price range.
Steps for pre-approval:
– The pre-approval process is comparatively more formal than pre-qualification process. During the pre-approval process, the lender checks your credit, verifies your financialand employment information and confirms your capability to qualify for a mortgage.
– A pre-approval increases your chances to make an offer when you find a property that you like. Another benefit of getting pre-approved is that sellers are generally more willing to accept offers from pre-approved buyers, who have proven their ability to purchase a house.
There are a variety of loan programs out there to meet the needs of every borrower’s unique situation. When shopping for mortgages, specific loan requirements and personal priorities play important roles in decision making.
By John Hester