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Why Mortgage Pre-Approval is Important

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What is mortgage pre-approval and why is it important? This is a popular question. The short answer is that pre-approval puts you on the right path to buying your home. Knowing your financial situation and strengths before you go house hunting and make offers will help set you up for success. Below are a few benefits to getting pre-approved.

1 – You’re a More Powerful Buyer

Real estate agents and sellers will see you as a serious buyer when you have the backing of a lender. It means a lender has looked at your financial background and says that you’re able to afford a particular house payment.

2 – You Save Time

House hunting with no direction on what you can afford – the house payment, the taxes – can be a waste of your time. Knowing just how much house you can afford will help ensure you’re looking at houses in your price range. This also means you can focus on things like the features of the home and the location, rather than worry about whether the house is in your price range.

3 – Reduce Surprises

Talking to a mortgage consultant before you “find the perfect home” can help ensure that you’re not surprised when it’s time to make the offer. Whether it’s a debt-to-income issue or credit report blemishes, getting your ducks in a row early is helpful.

4 – Better Bargaining Power

With a pre-approval letter, you’ll likely have more negotiating power because sellers know that you’ve already spoken to a lender. They won’t have to wait for you to talk to the bank” between negotiations.

5 – Typically Shorter Closing Periods

Pre-approved borrowers have already spoken with a mortgage consultant and given some of their information to the lender. This will most likely speed up the overall approval process. This means the appraisal can be ordered sooner and the process can move forward. That’s good news for everyone involved.

An actual mortgage application moves you to the next step. A pre-approval letter is not a guarantee but it is a solid peace-of-mind tool to help you along your home buying journey.

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Jodi Mallas

Jodi Mallas was born and raised in the Van Dyne area and graduated from Laconia High School. She moved to Waupun in 1995, when she started her employment with the State of WI at Dodge Correctional Inst. and also worked for a number of years at Waupun Correctional Inst. Jodi started in Real Estate in 2005 and worked for a Beaver Dam office for a short time, before making the move to a Waupun office. Jodi is now the proud owner of My Property Shoppe LLC. right here in Waupun. Jodi is the proud mother of two daughters, Mackenzie and Zoe. Jodi is committed to helping sellers and buyers with all of their real estate needs. If you are looking for fast, honest, friendly service-call Jodi today.