Mortgage Pre-qualification and Pre-approval
PRE-QUALIFICATION - This is an easy first step to show sellers you’re getting serious about buying. In order to get a mortgage pre-qualification letter, a loan officer will make a general assessment of your financial situation. They’ll be able to gauge whether or not you can get a loan and how much money you can get. PRE-APPROVAL - Once you’ve gotten a better idea of your financial picture, you need to get pre-approved. It’s important to time your pre-approval with when you’re ready to buy because a pre-approval letter expires in 60 to 90 days. Pre-approval is a conditional promise from a bank or lender that they are willing to lend to you, and for what amount.
What Is a Balloon Mortgage?
Shopping for a mortgage? Consider taking out a balloon mortgage, which offers low interest rates and affordable payments. A balloon mortgage is like a conventional fixed-rate mortgage in that it offers stable payments at a set interest rate over a specific number of years, but that’s where the similarity ends. Balloon mortgages don’t fully amortize, so there’s a large payment due at the end of the loan’s term. They’re not for everyone, but balloon mortgages are an ideal choice under certain circumstances.