When searching for lenders...I've noticed that when it comes to attempting to obtain a loan to buy a home, many advise that we seek out different lenders and get pre-qualified so that we can find the best rates. Wouldn't this affect my credit negatively for each of my visits to the lenders as each one will perform a hard inquiry? Also, is pre-qualification the same as pre-approval?January 08 2014 - US00YesReport a ProblemProblemSelect oneOffensive contentIrrelevant contentSpam (pure self-promotion)OtherDetailsYour emailPlease enter a valid email address.Submit CancelContent flaggedWe will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.We're sorry. This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.