When Should I Get Pre-Approved?

So, when should you get a pre-approval? Shopping for a new home without a pre-approval is like going to the airport without any money, a plane ticket, and your passport. You are completely unprepared, and this could have been all avoided without any real inconvenience at all. So, if you're planning on purcahsing a new home in the next six to twelve months, it's probably a good idea to get pre-approved now. Most people wait until the last minute because they assume they're qualifed or they're misinformed about the pre-approval process. Here's when it's important to pay attention to the professionals and not hearsay, or other people's opinions. 

First of all, getting a pre-approval does not have to have a negative effect on your credit score. We're able to run your credit without an inquiry appearing on your credit at all, and this costs you nothing.

Second point, getting pre-approved in advance will allow you to identify any weaknesses in your qualifications. This is especially relevant for self-employed individuals. Lending guidelines are constantly changing, so assuming employment, income, and assets are in order could limit your options when it comes time to buy.

And the third point, I can't tell you how many times we see unknown erros on a borrower's credit report that have a negative effect on their credit scores. As most of us know, errors on your credit report take time to resolve. If you need to close in 30 to 45 days, you may end up with a higher interest rate, or even worse, have your application denied. 

Those are just three reasons why it's never too soon to get pre-approved. there's really no legitimate excuse to not be prepared. The process is much easier than most people think, and more importantly, it allows lenders like me to give you accurate numbers and options to consider for when you're ready. 15 minutes of your time can save you a lot of time, money, and aggravation.

Still not sure if getting pre-approved is right for you? Give me a call. I'm more than happy to go over your concerns and point you in the right direction.

I'm Don Anfuso, your Mortgage Pro for Life.

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