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.
I am writing this letter of recommendation,because I called Havasu Realty about a home I had driven by in Lake Havasu City and wanted to see the inside. Suzan James just happened to be on the phone desk that day. She said she could show me the home that afternoon. That was my introduction to Suzan, who showed me a dozen or more homes over the next few weeks.
I explained that I was looking for a fixer-upper because I could probably get more house for my money. She walked me through some homes I'm sure she would rather not have gone through, but with a sense of humor made me feel comfortable looking for my dirty fixer-upper.
I have to say that by the time I found my home I felt very secure talking to Suzan about older homes. She explained how she worked with her husband, who is a contractor, so she could point out things to watch out for in buying an older home.
Finding Suzan on the other end of the phone that day was a blessing, she's a real trooper, a ray of sunshine.
I feel as if I've found a new friend here in Havasu. Thank you Suzan.