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Pre-Approval vs. Pre-Qualification


A Pre-Approval presents a powerful tool for you toward the purchase of your new home with minimal surprises and disappointments. It presents you as a “cash” buyer to the seller.


Anyone who wants to buy a home today should go to his or her lender first. The understanding of how much can be borrowed presently reduces the possibility of disappointment later. The lender can provide guidance as to how to prepare and position you on a home that is currently out of reach.

A realistic understanding of how much of a loan you can reasonably expect to qualify for is a good step toward the goal of home ownership and a letter of pre-approval can be the mechanism that makes that happen. There is a distinct difference between a letter of pre-qualification and a letter of pre-approval and it is important that you be aware of this distinction.



Pre-Qualification means there have been loan calculations made that show how much you “may” be able to borrow. While pre-qualification can reduce the processing time for home loans, indicate how much house you can afford and provide certain leverage in bargaining power; it doesn’t necessarily guarantee that such a loan will, in fact, be made by a lender.



Pre-Approval means you actually have a loan waiting, subject only to finding the home and the home appraising at the sales price. The “pre-approval” letter represents an actual commitment on the part of the lender. In order to secure such a letter it is necessary to complete a formal loan application and pay the associated fees. Credit, salary and bank funds will be checked and if the loan is a good investment, the lender will issue a pre-approved letter, which provides a commitment for a limited period of time, subject to a satisfactory property appraisal and title search.

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