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Understanding the Mortgage Prequalification Process

If you’re looking to purchase a new home, one of the very first steps you should take is to get prequalified for a home mortgage.

Here, we’ll delve into the details of what you need to know about mortgage prequalification, including what’s involved in the prequalification process, the benefits of being prequalified for a mortgage, and what you need to get the prequalification process started today!

What is Mortgage Prequalification?

Mortgage prequalification is essentially the very first step of the mortgage process. It involves an evaluation of your financial health, with a lender closely reviewing your debt-to-income ratio, your credit score, your down payment and more to help determine how much you can reasonably spend on a home and narrow down the mortgage options that are best for your specific scenario.

Check out this video for a helpful, brief overview of the mortgage pre-approval process.

What Are the Benefits of Mortgage Prequalification?

There are a number of advantages to becoming a prequalified buyer.

Firstly, the prequalification process will help you to:

  • Find out how your credit is
  • Develop a plan to increase your credit score (if necessary)
  • Find out how much you can afford to spend on a home

Being prequalified for a mortgage can help you when you’re ready to move forward with purchasing a home because:

  • It shows that you’re a serious buyer that is well qualified to purchase the home you are interested in
  • It can help to speed up the home loan process once you intend to buy

What is a Prequalification Letter?

A mortgage prequalification letter is a formal document that states that a lender is willing to lend you a up to a certain amount of money to purchase a home based on certain assumptions. This letter is provided to you after you’ve gone through the mortgage prequalification process. Though the letters do specify a loan limit, they are not guaranteed loan offers.

They are typically used to show sellers that you are well qualified to purchase a home and to instill confidence in the seller that you are capable of securing adequate financing to make the purchase. They can also be used by realtors, who will be able to make offers on homes on your behalf based on the prequalification letter that we send directly to them.

What’s Involved in the Prequalification Process?

With most lenders, including Maple Tree Funding, the mortgage prequalification process is pretty fast and straightforward. Typically, the process follows these steps:

  • You’ll provide the necessary information to the lender
  • The lender will review your financial information
  • The lender will follow up with you regarding any additional information they might need
  • You’ll receive a mortgage prequalification letter stating the estimated loan limit the lender is willing to provide

If you cannot be pre-approved based on your current finances, you’ll need to work towards improving your credit and financial situation. At Maple Tree Funding, if this is the case, we will provide you with recommendations that can help get you moving in the right direction when it comes to getting you pre-qualified.

When Should I Get Prequalified for a Mortgage?

As mentioned previously, mortgage prequalification should be one of the first steps you take when you start the house-hunting process.

The prequalification process can help you to understand your credit score, give you a better sense of how much you can afford to spend on a home, and can help you narrow down your mortgage options to those that are most appropriate for your situation.

Some realtors even require a prequalification letter before they will agree to show you a home. Having this on hand when you start the house shopping process can alleviate a lot of frustration and stress down the line.

Have Questions About Mortgage Prequalification? We Can Help!

As a trusted mortgage broker serving all of New York State, we have helped thousands of home buyers get prequalified for mortgages. If you have questions about the mortgage prequalification process, we’re a great resource. Give us a call at 518-782-1202 or contact us online and we’ll get right back to you with the information you’re looking for!

Ready to start the mortgage pre-approval process? Take the first step towards prequalification today by filling out our quick and easy pre-approval form! All it takes to get started are a few pieces of information about your credit and your estimated home loan amount. We’ll follow up right away with information about next steps.

Posted in Mortgage Basics & Information on Friday, May 11, 2018 by Maple Tree Funding