We bought many homes before I became a REALTOR and I remember the mystery that surrounded the transaction. I hope this series will help to alleviate some of the home buying mystery.The VERY FIRST step in the process is your Loan pre-appoval in Tomball TX! I’m not talking pre-qualified; I’m talking pre-approved. There is a difference between the two. In the days where anyone could get a loan this was not a big deal but those days are over. Before you start your home buying search you will want to receive loan pre-appoval in Tomball TX.
What is a Pre-Qualification?
A prequalification is simply a meeting between a loan officer and a customer to determine what the mortgage needs of the customer are. Income and assets are not verified. The credit report may or may not be pulled. The information is not submitted to an underwriter. The lender does not receive enough information to make a credit decision.
What is a Pre-Approval?
Pre-approval includes a complete loan application. A credit report is pulled and asset and income are verified. The information is submitted to underwriters for “credit only” decision. Once you have been pre-approved your credit package can be used with any property. Final loan approval will be subject to the underwriter approving the property only. A pre-approval is normally good for 90 days. The borrower receives a written pre-approval letter. A true approval requires this income and asset documentation and credit reports are required on all loan types.
Loan pre-approval in Tomball TX gives you an edge when you start looking for your home. If you get in to the situation where there is more than one offer on a home it is often the person who is further along in the loan process who will get the home. I have even had the situation where the other offer was a little more but my seller preferred the person who had a true pre-approval.
The rules have TOTALLY changed in the mortgage industry. The products that lenders had for first time home buyers in Tomball TX last year, maybe even last week are no longer available to the consumer which makes getting pre-approved for your loan more important than ever. Once you even think that you might be interested in purchasing a home you should call a lender. Even if the news is not good by going through the process you will know what you need to start working on and you can make a game plan to get your credit in order.
The days of a real estate transaction being dependent upon the creativity of a loose lender are finished. Down payments are back again and FHA loans are sometimes the only game in town with VA loans being about the only 100% loan. With all of this in mind getting yourself pre-approved before you ever start looking is more important than ever.
I am also attaching some Do’s and Don’ts you might consider putting in to action when you start thinking about purchasing a Tomball TX home.
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