Absolutely! Even if you haven’t so much as picked out houses to visit yet, it’s important to see your mortgage professional first. Why? What can we do for you if you haven’t negotiated a price, and don’t know how much you want to borrow?
When we pre-qualify you, we help you determine how much of a monthly mortgage payment you can afford, and how much we can loan you. We do this by considering your income and debts, your employment and residence situations, your available funds for down payment and required reserves and some other things. It’s short, to the point and we keep the paperwork to a minimum!
Once you pre-qualify, we give you what’s called a pre-qualification letter (your real estate agent might call it a “pre-qual”), which says that we are working with you to find the best loan to meet your needs and that we’re confident you’ll qualify for a loan for a certain amount.
When you find a house that catches your eye and you decide to make an offer, being pre-qualified for a mortgage will do a couple of things. First, it lets you know how much you can offer. Your real estate agent will help you decide on an appropriate offer, but being pre-qualified gives you the confidence to know you can follow through.
More importantly, a home seller won’t have to wonder if they’re wasting their time wondering if you’ll even qualify for a mortgage to finance the amount you’re offering for the house. You have the clout of a buyer ready to make the deal right now.
Mortgage Loan Officer, Primebank
NMLS ID #709687