Pre-Approval to Buy Your Dream Home

Dated: May 21 2021

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What is a pre-approval letter and how do you get one?

The pre-approval letter from your lender tells you the maximum amount you are qualified to borrow. Getting a pre-approval letter is not a loan guarantee, it simply states how much your lender is willing to lend you—pending forthcoming details, such as the value of the home and the specifics of your loan. This pre-approval allows you to look for a home with greater confidence and demonstrates to the seller that you are a serious buyer.

Pre-approval letters have an expiration date so be sure to ask your lender how long your letter will remain valid.

To get pre-approved, you'll complete your lender's loan application, providing them with important information about your credit, debt, work history, down payment, and residential history. This information helps your lender evaluate your 4 Cs to determine how much you may be qualified to borrow:

  • Capacity: Your current and future ability to make your payments
  • Capital or cash reserves: The money, savings and investments you have that can be sold quickly for cash
  • Collateral: The home, or type of home, that you would like to purchase 
  • Credit: Your history of paying bills and other debts on time

If your lender determines you qualify for a loan, you'll receive a pre-approval in writing that outlines the maximum amount you can borrow. Remember, it's a maximum, and not necessarily the amount you should borrow. You'll want to stay within your budget and comfort level.

- Sandy

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Sandy Hunt

Sandra Hunt, REALTOR® at Exp Realty, LLC, is one of the leading residential real estate agents in north Texas. She has extensive client base featuring those who seek luxury lifestyle, country living....

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