Is a Preapproval Necessary to Buy a Home?

Your home-buying experience will only be successful if you start the process by getting a loan preapproval. A home loan preapproval will be a firm estimate of what your lender is willing to offer you once you find your perfect home. It enables you to narrow your property search to homes that you know you can afford. Many real estate agents will only work with buyers who have been preapproved.

A mortgage preapproval should be part of any purchase offer that you submit to a seller. Having a preapproval letter in hand allows you to act immediately when you locate your ideal property. It adds strength to your offer and assures the seller that you are a qualified buyer. In a competitive market, it will increase your chances of getting your offer accepted. Knowing you are preapproved for a certain price point of home will also lessen the stress that comes with the home-buying process.

The preapproval process will be very thorough in gathering and evaluating your debt-to-income ratio, income and assets. Once you have shown that you have a good credit score and the lender has verified all of your financial information, a preapproval will be generated. Generally, the preapproval letter will state what amount you are qualified to borrow and will be subject to the selected property appraising at the contract price.

If you are ready to look for a home, please give me a call so I can get the preapproval process started for you.