Get Pre-Approved for Your Mortgage

Get Pre-Approved for Your Mortgage in Three Easy Steps

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  • 2Applicant


  • 3Contact


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How the Pre-Approval Process Works

To get pre-approved, you provide summary financial, credit and employment information to the lender. Based on how much money you make, your monthly debt expenses, credit profile and type of employment the lender determines the mortgage amount you are approved for. Most lenders should be able to approve you without pulling your full credit report so there should be minimal impact your your credit score.

In many cases it can be beneficial to contact several lenders about getting pre-approved as they may apply different qualification requirements or offer different mortgage programs. This means you may get approved for a different loan amount, depending on the lender. Our get-pre approved service simplifies the process by allowing you to use one form to connect with multiple lenders to understand the mortgage you can afford.

We outline several important points to keep in mind as you go through the pre-approval process:

How It Works
Provide Your Info

You provide some basic personal and financial info

Connect with Lenders

We connect you with FREEandCLEAR approved lenders

Get Pre-Approved!

The lender reviews your credit score and financial info. You get pre-approved for your mortgage!

Benefits of Getting Pre-Approved for Your Mortgage


Certainty of Closing Your Mortgage

Getting pre-approved for a mortgage provides certainty that your loan will close and that you will have the necessary funds to complete the home purchase.  This certainty provides confidence when you make an offer to buy a home and gives you a potential advantage from the seller's perspective.  Sellers want to know that buyers have the financial wherewithal to buy a home and will be able to qualify for a mortgage.   The last thing that a home seller wants is to enter into a sales contract and then have the buyer drop out because he or she does not get approved for the loan.  Providing a pre-approval letter to the home seller indicates that you are well-positioned to get a mortgage to buy the home.


Speed of Closing

Being pre-approved should position you to close your mortgage faster when you apply for the loan.  Providing qualification information to the lender in advance of applying as well as identifying and addressing potential issues with your application should accelerate the mortgage process after your offer to purchase has been accepted by the seller.  Being able to close and fund your loan quickly can provide an advantage for home buyers, especially in competitive bidding situations.  Your ability to quickly close your mortgage can give your offer an edge over other potential buyers and may be the reason the seller selects you to buy his or her home.


Address Potential Issues Before You Apply

One of the main benefits of getting pre-approved for a mortgage is that it enables you to identify potential issues before you officially apply for the mortgage.  For example, you may have an item on your credit report that you were unaware of that you need to resolve.  Understanding and addressing potential mortgage pitfalls before you make an offer on a home helps to minimize surprises that could make make it challenging or impossible for you to get approved for your mortgage.  In short, getting pre-approved is almost like a test run for the actual mortgage process so resolving any issues in advance can help the process go much smoother.


It's Free

Getting pre-approved for a mortgage should be free.  If a lender attempts to charge you a fee to get pre-approved for a mortgage, you should work with a different lender.  Additionally, in most cases lenders do not need to charge you a fee to pull your credit report and can use summary credit score information to evaluate you for pre-approval.  Because getting pre-approved should not cost borrowers money, there is little financial downside to doing it.  


No Obligation for Borrowers

It is important to emphasize that borrowers are not obligated to get a mortgage from the lender that pre-approved them.  In many cases borrowers do decide to work with the lender that provided the pre-approval because they have an existing relationship and the lender offers attractive mortgage terms.  In other cases, however, borrowers may choose to use a different lender for their mortgage.  This may be because they find a lender that offers better loan terms -- such as a lower mortgage rate and closing costs -- or they select a lender that offers loan programs that better meet their needs.  For example, you may realize that you need a specialized loan program to qualify for a mortgage but the lender that pre-approved you may not offer the program.  Additionally, we always recommend that borrowers shop multiple lenders to find the best mortgage terms which may result in working with a different lender.  Because borrowers are not required to work with the lender that pre-approves them, they maintain the flexibility to work with the lender that is right for them.  


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