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Getting pre-qualified helps you determine how much home you can afford, based on specific financial information you share with your lender. The lender does not verify this information, and consequently there is no guarantee you will qualify for the loan amount. Getting pre-approved requires that the lender verify your financial information, and does serve as a commitment to lend a specified amount based on that verified information. This gives you significant buying power with a seller who recognizes you will be approved for a loan.
What is Pre-Qualification?
Pre-qualification is an informal discussion between borrower and lender. The lender estimates the amount that you can borrow based solely on what you tell them about your income and assets. The lender does no verification and is not bound to make the loan when you’re ready to buy. On the other hand, loan pre-approval is based on documented and verified information regarding your employment, your income, your liabilities, your assets and the cash you have available to close on a home purchase.
How is Pre-Approval Better?
To a seller, a lender’s pre-approval letter is considerably stronger than a pre-qualification letter. If a seller knows your financing is secure, your offer is stronger. Pre-approval also gives you peace of mind as you shop for a home, knowing that you will qualify for the proper mortgage amount.
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Based on your income, your current debts and estimated down-payment, Chad can usually help you determine the maximum mortgage amount for which you could qualify. You may also reference our mortgage calculator. This process is frequently referred to as a “prequalification analysis”.
Conventional loans (those not backed by a government agency) usually require a minimum down payment of 5%.
FHA mortgages , insured by the Federal Housing Administration, are available for as little as 3.5% down.
VA mortgages, guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, have a no-down payment option for eligible veterans buying a home.
Contact Chad Aldridge for a specific down-payment requirements and programs for qualified applicants.
Some lenders may provide financing for mobile homes which are not permanently affixed to a foundation. Most lenders will finance double-wide homes that have been permanently affixed to a foundation.
Yes, but some lenders will allow you to complete the application verbally right over the phone. A copy of your application will be provided at the closing, which you will need to review and sign at that time.
Frequently lenders will request: W2’s, paystubs, bank statements, and the purchase contract on the home you are buying. Documentation requests vary by loan type and lender.
No, a homeowner’s inspection is generally requested by the buyer as a condition to the purchase of the home. Many homebuyers, however, will make the purchase of their home contingent upon a homeowner’s inspection. A homeowner’s inspection should not be confused with an appraisal, which is required by most mortgage lenders in order to support the value of the real estate to be used as security for the mortgage.
The decision to use an attorney or not is up to you. In general, real estate attorneys are typically involved in purchase transactions due to the complexity and number of parties involved. Refinance transactions usually do not involve attorneys. In addition, there are many areas of the country where attorneys are not normally involved in any real estate transaction. Your real estate agent and / or lender may be able to provide information on what is typical for your area.
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My wife and I worked with Patrick of the Robertson O’Sullivan team to both buy and sell our home in Winterville. We can speak from experience when we say that Patrick genuinely cares about the well-being of his clients. He really took care of us from the beginning of the buying process through the sell of our home while we were relocating. He was never pushy and always willing to explain anything we had questions about. Once we had made our decision, he quickly took care of everything up to closing and communicated very frequently. We would certainly recommend working with Patrick and the Aldridge and Southerland team.
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