Getting a Legitimate Lender and Getting Pre-Approved
It used to be that buyers could go house shopping and when they have found their dream home, then they go to get pre-approved. However, in today’s market, that has proven to be one of the least effective methods in landing the dream home.
Most lenders can pre-qualify you for a mortgage over the phone. Based on general questions about your income, debt, assets, and credit history, lenders can estimate how much mortgage you qualify for. However, being pre-qualified and pre-approved are different things. Pre-approval means that you have applied for a mortgage; you have filled out the mortgage application, received your credit report, and verified your employment, assets, etc. When you are pre-approved, you know exactly what the maximum loan amount will be.
A pre-qualified letter is not verified and in essence, does not count for much if you are competing with other buyers who are pre-approved. When you are pre-approved, you and the seller know exactly how much house you can afford. It gives you credibility as an interested buyer and lets the seller know immediately that you will qualify for a loan to buy their property.
In addition to being pre-approved, it’s important to be pre-approved with a legitimate lender. Legitimate lenders include: banks, mortgage bankers, credit unions, savings and loan associations, mortgage brokers, and online lenders.
Some lenders to avoid: those who lose a form or misplace a file, those who gather information from you in an unorganized manner, those who are not informed about interest rates, points or costs, and those who cannot provide you with the right information.
Dear Paradise Properties,
We just wanted to take a minute and say thank you very much! My wife and I found your company on the internet by chance as we were looking to book a summer vacation on Torch Lake. On Jill's excellent recommendation, we booked a condo on Clam Lake for the third week of August 2009. The unit was spectacular, completely remodeled and very clean.
Another goal of our vacation was to learn more about the area and begin looking for a vacation home. By the end of the week, we had narrowed our search down to Clam Lake for many reasons including its access to Torch Lake. As it turned out, we found a very nice cottage on a perfect lot. After returning home and doing much more research we decided to pursue the opportunity and started working with Gary on the details.
Because we live six hours away the process was much different than other real-estate transactions we have been involved in. Gary's ideas, guidance and amazing follow through were second to none. At every turn or road block, Gary had the perfect solution or resource. Based on his tremendous experience and knowledge of the area the end result turned out great and we were able to accomplish a long term goal. I look forward to working with and referring Gary and Paradise Properties when ever possible.
Thank You So Much,Todd & Laura Wilcox