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In this market t is a good idea to get pre-approved before you begin shopping for your new home.
In addition, the real estate agents will be willing to spend more time assisting you in your home search if they know you are pre-approved for a mortgage loan. Sellers will also be more motivated to work with you if they know you are able to afford their asking price. Sellers will also take any offer you make more seriously if they know you are pre-approved for a mortgage. Pre-approval is a big help to the seller and the realtor, as well as the potential home buyer.
Senior Loan Consultant
All California Mortgage
You should contact the local real estate firms in your area and ask for an agent who specializes in your neighborhood. I would interview at least 3 different agents. When you choose an agent, make sure to ask them to put you in touch with a lender so you can get pre-approved right away so there are no hang-ups when you find the place that you want to call home.
The absolute first step is to get preapproved. No buyers agent worth their salt will show you homes without one. Another reason is you do not want to get emotionally attached to homes in a price range that you cannot afford and get frustrated with the process. Your credit approval is good for 60 days so that should give you time to shop for the home. After you get preapproved then you can find the right agent for you. Your loan officer may also have a referral for you. Hope that helps!
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