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6 Reasons we Real Estate Agents Want You Pre-Approved Before Showing You Homes

6 Reasons we Real Estate Agents Want You Pre-Approved Before Showing You Homes

Ever had an agent deny to show you a home because you weren’t pre-approved for a mortgage? It’s not because we’re mean, or we don’t value your business… it’s actually because they’re looking out for your best interests.

Let’s face it, shopping for a home before getting pre-approved for a mortgage is like walking into a grocery store without a wallet. You may have the desire to buy, but you lack the ability. Let’s cover some basics…

What is a mortgage pre-approval?

In a nutshell, a mortgage pre-approval is written assurance from a lender or broker that you’re able to borrow money to purchase a home up to a certain amount. It’s based on the income, employment and asset documentation you supply at the time of application, in conjunction with your credit history. So let’s look at the 6 reasons you should get pre-approved.

1. It carries more weight than a “pre-qualification”.

pre-approval differs from a pre-qualification. With the former, the lender has actually checked your credit and verified your documentation to approve a specific loan amount (usually for a particular time period such as 30, 60 or 90 days). A pre-qualification can be useful as an estimate of how much you can afford to spend on your home, but it’s a less accurate indicator of your ability to purchase. A pre-approval always carries more weight.

2. You’ll know how much house you can afford.

Getting pre-approved before you begin house hunting allows you to know how much house you can realistically afford. Knowing this narrows down the options and makes the selection process more efficient. Not to mention, it protects you from the unpleasant surprise of realizing the home you fell in love with doesn’t fit your budget.

3. It adds clout to your offer.

In many markets, homes attract more than one offer. If the sellers are weighing one offer against another, they may lean towards the one accompanied by a pre-approval letter. That’s because pre-approvals instill confidence that the buyer is financially capable of purchasing their home.

4. It could increase your negotiating power.

In addition to strengthening your offer when compared to buyers who haven’t taken this step, getting pre-approved may give you the upper-hand when negotiating the price. If the homeowner is eager to sell, they may be more willing to accept a lower offer from someone they’ve been assured is financially capable of purchasing their home.

5. It saves time.

Obtaining a mortgage is a lengthy process. Getting pre-approved ahead of time shortens the time between contract to close — this way you’re ready to proceed with finalizing the mortgage once you’ve found the home you want to purchase.

6. Without it, most agents won’t work with you.

Makes sense, too. Right? Think about it: when you hire an agent, he/she will invest countless hours showing you homes over the course of your house hunt. If you were in their shoes, wouldn’t you want assurance that your hard work would lead to a favorable outcome for both you and your client?

Don’t hesitate to contact me to get some lending suggestions or just discuss your next steps.

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DeDe Forwood

My name is DeDe Forwood, I am a Phoenix Real Estate Agent with The Laughton Team with My Home Group. I traveled for 20 years in the entertainment industry as a Project Manager/ video engineer in major event operations.. After being on the road for so long, becoming a Phoenix Realtor® seemed like the perfect fit for my experience, attention to detail, love of helping people, and my passion for Phoenix! My background in project management and event operations is actually an amazing fit with Phoenix real estate. I'm someone who is both organized AND passionate about all things buying and selling homes in Phoenix.  My area of expertise is the Phoenix historic neighborhood districts, midtown, downtown and the central corridor. LISTING WITH ME, you get the passion of someone who is all about the digital age in real estate. With the tech-savvy experience of a digital marketer,  I offer my clients the cutting edge of technology that changes constantly, attention to detail, professionalism, fairness, honesty, integrity, and enthusiasm. BUYING WITH ME as your buyer's agent, you get every digital advantage to find listings quickly, the energy to go see them quickly. LOOKING TO RENT A PROPERTY?  Let me search for you! We can find the perfect place, together! I've got the passion that only a customer service nerd can have, a love of all things real estate in Phoenix, the project management, and engineer's brain, and the tech-savvy-ness of a digital marketer.  Let's get you HOME!!

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