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The Advantages of Loan Pre-approval

posted by Stephen Katz @ 1:39 PM
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Real estate experts tell first-time homebuyers that it’s critical to apply for a loan before shopping for a home, and it’s true; this is an essential first step. But do you know that it’s far better to be preapproved for a loan than to be prequalified? There are more advantages to gaining pre-approval than you would initially surmise. When the lender hands a borrower a pre-approval letter, it means the borrower can: 

Save Time by Looking at the Right Homes 

If your real estate agent is sending you automatic e-mail listings of available homes, you can ask her to change the parameters to narrow down the selection of homes that you are qualified to purchase. If you’re not receiving e-mails from your agent, ask him or her to send them to you.
Most MLS systems allow an agent to send clients much of the same data that agents receive. This way, you’ll save time by checking out homes you can actually afford to buy instead of falling in love with homes that are out of reach.

Spend More Time Examining the Right Homes 

By decreasing the inventory of homes to those that fit within your parameters, you can allot more time to thinking about all the little nuances each home has. Many homebuyers never move past the price point when sorting out their preferences, but now you can put your energy into looking at the little things that matter to you the most, such as whether your vehicle will fit properly into the garage!

Gain Confidence & Avoid Disappointment
Now when you find that perfect home, nobody can take it away from you by telling you that you do not qualify to buy it. You can reduce anxiety and eliminate last-minute loan surprises that could disqualify you. You’ll sleep better knowing that the home you selected is yours. Moreover, you can tell your friends and family that the home you made an offer on is definitely going to close and you will not “lose face” with anyone.

Increase Bargaining & Negotiating Power
Sellers will be more likely to accept your offer, even if that offer is for less than list price, because you are giving the seller peace of mind that her home is sold. She can take her home off the market and place it into pending status with ease and confidence.

Enjoy a Faster Closing Period
Because there is no window period while your loan application is processed, the lender can speed up the entire processing procedure. Appraisals can be ordered immediately. It’s possible to shorten a 30-day closing to two or three weeks, which comes in handy if a seller needs to move quickly and can’t decide which offer to accept. Your offer will move to the front if you can accommodate the seller’s need to quickly close.

Because mortgage approval is generally the longest contingency to satisfy in a purchase contract, it is to your advantage to obtain a preapproval letter as soon as you’re ready to begin your search. Lenders will render a decision based on your complete loan application, employment verification and data from all three credit reports.

Stephen Katz

(770) 309-0939 (direct) or (866) 742-8400 -- For the past 18 years, Stephen Katz has built a successful business almost entirely on referrals. As your mortgage consultant throughout the home loan process, Stephen will explain the pros and cons of all available mortgage programs and help you choose the financing option that is best suited to your needs. Throughout the loan process, he will keep you informed and will respond quickly to your requests with answers and solutions. Consistently a top producer, Stephen is a Mortgage Bankers Association "Diamond" Award winner, a Georgia Mortgage "Top Gun" and has closed almost half a billion dollars in loans. Put his knowledge and experience to work for you!

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