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The request is normal, the agent asking you this seems to be a seasoned agent he/she is looking out for your best interest. As a buyer you would want to know your buying power and the terms including down payment and interest rate with a pre approval. Best wishes!
All I can say is, if I ran my business that way ... I wouldn't have one.-Joseph-
The Realtor has the right to ask for a pre-approval. Personally, I would consider how strong of a letter the pre-qualification is. It is very well possible to have a pre-qualification letter that is strong showing details such as credit score etc. The reason for asking for a strong pre-qualification letter or pre-approved letter is because some lenders will only provide a pre-qualification letter. Realtors want to be assured that you are financially ready with a good credit history, willing and able to close. You could find the house of your dreams and not be able to purchase, because your lender was unable to approve your loan. It would be beneficial to you, your Realtor, the seller and the seller's Listing Agent if you had every thing prepared and ready close.
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