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.
How To Get A Mortgage If You’re Not A US Citizen
If you were born outside the US and want to become a homeowner, here’s what challenges to expect and how to overcome them. Citizenship is not necessary to purchase property nor is it necessary to qualify for a home loan. However, getting a loan if you aren’t a “traditional borrower” can prove to be difficult. Here are a few difficulties you may face when trying to find a mortgage loan as an non-citizen, and what to do.