Why Pre-Approval Should Be Your First Step

In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes greatly outnumbers the amount of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage before starting your search.

Even if you are in a market that is not as competitive, knowing your budget will give you the confidence of knowing if your dream home is within your reach.

Freddie Mac lays out the advantages of pre-approval in the My Home section of their website:

“It’s highly recommended that you work with your lender to get pre-approved before you begin house hunting. Pre-approval will tell you how much home you can afford and can help you move faster, and with greater confidence, in competitive markets.”

One of the many advantages of working with a local real estate professional is that many have relationships with lenders who will be able to help you with this process. Once you have selected a lender, you will need to fill out their loan application and provide them with important information regarding “your credit, debt, work history, down payment and residential history.”

Freddie Mac describes the 4 Cs that help determine the amount you will be qualified to borrow:

  1. Capacity: Your current and future ability to make your payments
  2. Capital or cash reserves: The money, savings and investments you have that can be sold quickly for cash
  3. Collateral: The home, or type of home, that you would like to purchase
  4. Credit: Your history of paying bills and other debts on time

Getting pre-approved is one of many steps that will show home sellers that you are serious about buying, and it often helps speed up the process once your offer has been accepted.

Bottom Line

Many potential home buyers overestimate the down payment and credit scores needed to qualify for a mortgage today. If you are ready and willing to buy, you may be pleasantly surprised at your ability to do so as well.

If you are ready to Buy or Sell,  Meet with the The Cunningham Team Team @ RE/MAX Realty One, your local real estate professionals who can help you find your dream home.

For more Citrus County, Florida home selling and buying insights, give The Cunningham Team at RE/MAX Realty One a call anytime to discuss your own real estate plans!

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The Cunningham Team – “Knows Citrus County” Kevin, Karen and Brogan Cunningham “Change is the common Thread that ties ones life to another by deliberate or accidental means” Because life is about change, you need a team you can trust to carefully orchestrate your most important transitions. When it involves Real Estate, The Cunningham Team shares a wealth of experience, articulate business prowess and personalities that exudes confidence in any situation. The Cunningham Team has established an impressive reputation among their peers and clientele as a knowledgeable resource for anything involving real estate in Citrus County. Also Business people interested in expansion, and or development of new business ventures within Citrus County look to our knowledge and insight as reliable resource for current market conditions. While attaining some of the highest honors given to business leaders in Citrus County, Kevin and Karen never forget that their clients are the key to their success. The extra hours, careful listening and honest evaluations of the marketplace, are a part of the consistently high standard of attention you will receive from the Cunningham’s . As a husband to wife Karen, and father to children, Courtney, Brogan, and Katelyn, Kevin maintains a delicate balance between work, play and community service. Alone, or as a family, Kevin enjoys the staples of Florida Nature Coast living; fishing, scalloping, golfing, and diving. Undoubtedly, you will face transitions in your life – when they involve Real Estate and a place to call home, think of Kevin Cunningham….. Professional stability in a climate of change
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