Before You Buy: Mortgage Pre-Approval

Written by Posted On Tuesday, 26 May 2015 11:58

You’ve been thinking about buying a home – maybe it’s your first, or maybe you’re ready to trade up from your current space. You’ve saved a down payment, browsed online listings and are about to contact a Realtor® so you can start looking at houses.


There’s one more thing you need to do before you go any further: Get pre-approved for a mortgage.

Even if you’ve bought a home before or think you have a good idea of what you can afford, mortgage pre-approval is an essential first step for several reasons. First, it makes you aware of any problems with your credit so you can get them straightened out. The better your credit score, the lower your interest rate. Next, it gives you the precise amount you can afford to borrow. Whereas a pre-qualifying letter or online calculator gives you an estimate, pre-approval provides the actual amount a bank is willing to lend you. And finally, by giving sellers proof that you’re able to obtain financing, pre-approval puts you in a stronger position for home-buying negotiations.

So before you pick up the phone to contact a Realtor®, call a mortgage lender. Knowing exactly how much house you can afford will give you confidence in your home search and save you from frustration down the road.

Once you’ve been pre-approved, you’re ready to start looking at homes. Visit or your local Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office to find a sales associate to guide you on your search.


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