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Getting a Legitimate Lender and Getting Pre-Approved
It used to be that buyers could go house shopping and when they have found their dream home, then they go to get pre-approved. However, in today’s market, that has proven to be one of the least effective methods in landing the dream home.
Most lenders can pre-qualify you for a mortgage over the phone. Based on general questions about your income, debt, assets, and credit history, lenders can estimate how much mortgage you qualify for. However, being pre-qualified and pre-approved are different things. Pre-approval means that you have applied for a mortgage; you have filled out the mortgage application, received your credit report, and verified your employment, assets, etc. When you are pre-approved, you know exactly what the maximum loan amount will be.
A pre-qualified letter is not verified and in essence, does not count for much if you are competing with other buyers who are pre-approved. When you are pre-approved, you and the seller know exactly how much house you can afford. It gives you credibility as an interested buyer and lets the seller know immediately that you will qualify for a loan to buy their property.
In addition to being pre-approved, it’s important to be pre-approved with a legitimate lender. Legitimate lenders include: banks, mortgage bankers, credit unions, savings and loan associations, mortgage brokers, and online lenders.
Some lenders to avoid: those who lose a form or misplace a file, those who gather information from you in an unorganized manner, those who are not informed about interest rates, points or costs, and those who cannot provide you with the right information.
We just want to say "Thank You" to Molly and all the staff at Signature Real Estate Services in Delta for being so helpful. The sale process was not that easy because I live in Nevada and the other two live in Maryland. We were very impressed with how smoothly the sale of our land went. Everyone involved was so helpful and very professional!! You were able to put the land on the market and sell it without ever seeing us in person! Very impressive.
Signature Real Estate Services kept us updated with monthly emails letting us know how many times people viewed the property and when anyone was interested.
We are so pleased that the people who purchased the property plan to build a home on it in the next couple of years. The land had been in our family for over seventy years and now someone will make it their home.
We cannot express how much we appreciate all that you did for us.Darlene Stewart