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Mortgage Pre-Approvals Are a Valuable Tool for Understanding What You Can Afford

by Becky Scherzer 11/15/2020


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A mortgage pre-approval can be a valuable tool for understanding how much you can afford to spend on purchasing a home. It can also make you seem much more attractive to sellers and help to identify any potential problems that may make it difficult to get a loan. In fact, many lenders claim that if a buyer isn’t pre-approved for a mortgage, they will have a difficult time navigating the real estate market. But what does pre-approval really mean?

What is a Mortgage Pre-Approval?

While it can sound like you’ve got a sure thing locked in when you’re pre-approved for a mortgage, being pre-approved doesn’t promise that you’ll be able to secure a loan for the home that you want to purchase. A mortgage pre-approval simply means that a loan officer has reviewed your finances and decided how much money you're allocated to borrow, what you should be able to pay each month towards your mortgage and what your interest rate will be.

Once, you’ve been pre-approved by a lender, you will get a letter that can be shown to sellers. This letter indicates that you’ve already established a working relationship with a lender. This helps to give sellers peace of mind in knowing that you’re serious about putting in an offer on their home, and they don’t have to risk wasting time with a buyer who isn’t serious.

What Are the Benefits of Getting a Pre-Approval?

A pre-approval doesn’t guarantee you’ll get a mortgage but it does offer a few key advantages during your search for the ideal home. It helps to give you confidence while looking at potential properties, as you look at homes that are within your budget. There’s no need to fall in love with a home that you can’t afford. Additionally, it establishes credibility as a buyer, showing that you have your finances under control and can help to put you on the fast-track to closing once you’ve found the perfect home.

Are Pre-Approval & Pre-Qualified the Same Thing?

Unfortunately, no. These two similar real estate terms are not interchangeable. When you are pre-qualified for a mortgage, this indicates that you have given your lender information regarding your income, debts and assets. Without doing further research, the lender then tells you that you should qualify for a certain mortgage. Pre-approval is a much more in-depth process, requiring your lender to verify the financial information provided by pulling your credit history, as well as verifying your income and assets.

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Becky Scherzer

Welcome! Looking to buy or sell real estate in the St. Louis area, don’t look any further than Becky Scherzer and Scherzer Real Estate for all of your needs! My family and I have lived in the St. Louis area for more than 50 years, so I know the St. Louis area! In addition, I am a full-time agent with the #1 real estate office in the St. Louis area and the #1 real estate company in the country! My mission is to create a much different brand of real estate services, one that exceeds expectations, delivers results and exceptional service at a level never seen before in the industry. When you choose me to represent you in selling your home or buying a new home, I will work with you to an extent unmatched by any other Realtor. I invest a great deal of time, energy and money to ensure not only the highest sales price possible for your home or finding your new dream home, but that the process, your experience, is as smooth and stress-free as possible. I am fortunate to have the support of a group of highly trained professionals to assist me in ensuring a seamless, efficient and straightforward path to your success. I will continuously evolve to meet the challenges of our very dynamic, ever-changing market conditions. What will never change is my commitment to provide my clients the level of expertise and innovation they deserve. Getting great advice on selling your home or buying a new home is simple, JUST ASK me!