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Should We Pre-Qualify Before Our Hunt?

ANSWER: Yes! It is actually easier to buy a home if you know in advance that you will be approved. You can make arrangements with most lenders to be "prequalified" for your purchase.

Here's how to do it: 

  1. Make an appointment to see your lender. Take your financial information, such as bank statements and W-2 forms, as well as paycheck stubs.
  2. The mortgage company will access your credit report and review your documents. At that time, you will be able to discuss different financing options and decide which type of loan is best for you.
  3. Most lenders will write you a prequalification letter that will let your Realtor, as well as the seller of a property, know that you have been counseled and should be a preferred purchaser. It is a good feeling to have the pressure of worrying about the loan behind you and know that you can concentrate on finding that "dream home."