It is beneficial to take the time to get pre-approved by a lender, since it will help in your search for a mortgage. The pre-approval helps you get a better idea of how much you can afford to offer on a home, and in doing so, narrow down your search. Having a pre-approval letter also indicates to sellers and mortgage lenders that your finances are credible, and you are serious about purchasing a home.
The pre-approval letter is usually valid between 60 to 90 days, so it’s important to request for one when you know you’ll have time to shop for a home. Keep in mind, however, that being pre-approved does not guarantee that you will ultimately receive the quoted interest rates, or that you may be approved for the loan. It also doesn’t mean that the offer you place on a property will be accepted.
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