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Mortgage Loan Preapproval: The Most Important Thing You Will Do in Your Life, Ever

Posted on 08, November 2011 by csadmin

Thinking about buying a home?  Wonderful!  Before you embark on the game of home ownership, you need to get preapproved by your lender.  While this step isn't half as fun as browsing Clickscape for your future dream home, it's an extremely beneficial move on your part.  Elizabeth Weintraub from About.com has the skinny on why pre-approval is a crucial step for potential homebuyers.

  • Save Time by Looking at the Right Homes
If your real estate agent is sending you automatic e-mail listings of available homes, you can ask her to change the parameters to more tightly encompass the selection of homes that you are qualified to buy. If you're not receiving e-mails from your agent, ask her to send them to you. Most MLS systems allow an agent to send clients much of the same data that agents receive. This way, you'll save time by checking out homes you can actually afford to buy instead of falling in love with pie in the sky.
  • Spend More Time Examining the Right Homes 
By decreasing the inventory of homes to those that fit your parameters, you can allot more time to thinking about all the little nuances each home has to offer. Lots of home buyers never move past the price point when sorting out their preferences, but now you can devote your energies to looking at the little things that matter to you most such as whether your SUV will pass through the overhead space in the garage or smash into the microbeam.
  • Gain Confidence & Avoid Disillusionment
Now when you find that perfect home, nobody can take it away from you by telling you that you do not qualify to buy it. You can minimize anxiety and remove last-minute loan surprises that could disqualify you. You'll sleep better at night knowing that the home you selected is yours. Moreover, you can tell your relatives and friends that the home you made an offer is definitely going to close and you will not "lose face" with anybody.
  •  Increase Bargaining & Negotiating Power
Sellers will be more likely to immediately accept your offer, even if that offer is for less than list price, because you are giving the seller peace of mind that her home is sold. She can take her home off the market and place it into pending status with confidence.
  • Enjoy a Faster Closing Period
Because there is no window period while your loan application is processed, the lender can speed up the entire processing procedure. Appraisals can be ordered immediately. It's possible to shorten a 30-day closing to two or three weeks, which comes in handy if a seller needs to quickly move and can't decide which offer to accept. Yours will move to the front if you can accomplish the seller's need to quickly close.
As you can see, there's really no reason not to get preapproved.  It only makes you a more confident, educated, and attractive (to the seller) buyer.  Plus, the parking capability of your SUV is at stake here!

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