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Getting Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

The mortgage industry is a highly competitive field and it is important to understand that interest rates can change at any time. Partnering with a mortgage broker or financial institution to help you find the right mortgage product at the best rate is key to your home buying process.

Here are 5 Easy Steps to Get You Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

  1. Talk with a mortgage specialist.  There are hundreds of options to choose from when it comes to lenders.  Independent mortgage brokers tend to offer the most options because they do not just work with one bank. However, if you have a good relationship with your bank or financial institution, contact them as your first step towards finding the right mortgage for you.  But be sure to compare rates.
  2. Complete and submit your application with the mortgage broker.  They will collect your financial and personal information in order to find out how much mortgage you can carry.
  3. Gather all the necessary documents.  The mortgage broker will give you a list of documents that the banks/lenders need to finalize the mortgage.
  4. Verification of your details.  They will do their checks and balances to make sure that you are not getting in over your head.
  5. Obtain a copy of your pre-approval.  This is a powerful negotiating tool. The seller of your dream home will feel more confident that you are the right person.

Having that Pre-Approval Documentation Can Offer You Several Benefits

  • Save you time by only looking at properties that you can afford.
  • Save your money.  Rate guarantees and mortgage terms can save you money for years to come.
  • Less stress throughout the process.  You will know that you are ready and capable of buying a home.
  • Get a better deal on the home that you want. Sellers like to know that buyers already have financing in place. 
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