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 Jumbo Mortgage?
If you're in need of a large mortgage loan, a jumbo mortgage that's higher than the conventional mortgage amount may be right for you. When you get a mortgage there are some options to consider. One of those options is which kind of mortgage you’re actually going to apply for. Most people choose a conventional loan, but if you’re trying to borrow a large amount of money you may not be able to get that type of mortgage. Instead, you may need a jumbo mortgage, which means that you’ll be borrowing more than $417,000. In some parts of the country where prices are very high, you’ll need to borrow more than $625,500 in order to qualify for a jumbo loan. But what is a jumbo mortgage, really, and how can it help you get the house you need? Will it cost you more in interest and other fees? The more you know about your options, the more informed decision you can make.