Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage
If you haven’t already done so, you need to get pre-approved for a mortgage. This topic is a good example of why it’s important for us to be working as “partners” on the same page…
Many buyers feel like agents are being pushy when they suggest getting pre-approved. They take offense. They resist. They make excuses. They look at it as the agent being nosy, looking to see how much the buyer can afford, or looking to make sure the buyer can afford a home.
Well, it’s exactly that! And there’s nothing wrong about an agent asking them to do it either.
Unfortunately, agents who are not entirely confident (or perhaps just desperate for business) let it slide. Then they show their client homes that, it turns out, they could never afford...or it turns out they couldn't afford a home at all. And that hurts both the agent and the client in different ways.
Beyond just knowing that you can get a mortgage, and for how much, getting pre-approved will do a couple of other things for you:
You’ll need it when you want to submit an offer on a home. And in those moments, time can be of the essence. If you need to rush to get pre-approved, you may lose the home if you can’t get it in time.
Starting to talk with lenders now will give you time to choose which lender you want to work with, shop rates and products, and get the best overall loan for your situation. (NOTE: Once you’re under contract, you won’t have much time to shop around for rates and your preferred lender.)
You can certainly ask any lender you already have a relationship with, but if you want any recommendations, the following are the ones we trust and recommend:
Ben Cecil - HomeTown Lenders - 502-552-2523 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you’ve selected one, send us the info so we can have it ready to go when we submit offers!
(NOTE: If you’re planning on paying cash, please gather and send us your “proof of funds” so we’ll be ready when you find a home you want to make an offer on.)