The Ultimate Homebuyer’s Guide: Budgeting & Mortgages
Everything you need to know about setting a budget and getting a mortgage for your new home. After you’ve saved, cleaned up your credit, and done your initial research and set some guidelines for your search, you need to start thinking about financing. It might sound like you’re putting the cart before the horse, but understanding the steps to getting a mortgage and getting a pre-approval letter will give you a significant advantage over other buyers. Many sellers won’t even accept offers from buyers who aren’t pre-approved.
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.