Cape Gazette

Qualifying For A Loan

By Bill Cullin | May 17, 2015

It is useful for home buyers to understand the difference between loan pre-qualification and pre-approval. Pre-qualification, which in today's marketplace is usually done by mortgage brokers, means working with the buyers to determine how much they can afford and which loans are the most likely to be available to them. Loan pre-qualification can save buyers time and money and can even be a bargaining tool with a seller. However, pre-qualification is not the same as loan "pre-approval". The mortgage broker can often get the buyer a pre-qualification letter, but pre-approval must be issued by the mortgage lender. 

Pre-approval means that the lender has definitely committed to loaning the buyer money, once the house itself is approved. Since it is a much stronger pledge, it is a much more valuable negotiating tool. When you hear someone talking about "pre-approval", they are referring to specific acknowledgment by a lender that they are willing to loan the buyer money. The real estate agent can be of assistance in this process.


To Learn More, Contact Bill Cullin Today.

Bill Cullin, REALTOR®

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Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971

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