Know the difference: Pre-approval vs. Pre-qualification

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Leading Edge 009518239

How much home con you afford? How do you even begin to find the answer to that question? You've probably heard terms like "pre approval" and "pre-qualification" tossed around, but do you understand the critical difference between those two? If your answer is "no" then please read on to avoid major disappointment when you make your offer.

 "Pre-qualification" is a fine place to start, but if you're really serious about the time and money you're going to invest in purchasing a home, you'll really want to focus on "pre-approval". Approval, and not just qualification, is secured when you complete and submit a loan application, along with the appropriate documentation and fees.

The lender will review your application and paperwork, and will notify you of just how much financing you can secure. Only then will you have the confidence to make your home choice and make your offer.

A pre-qualification, on the other hand, is a more informal, and only an estimate of the funds for when you might qualify after applying for a loan. You might make an offer with pre-qualification in hand, but it's no guarantee that your loan application will be accepted.

The seller's representative will have educated the seller about this critical difference, so make them an offer they can't refuse! Pre-approval puts you in the driver's seat, so get ready to move!

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Laurie Randazzo

BROKER, REALTOR®, MBA

 Board Of Director -Women's Council Of Realtors Northern Region

RE/MAX Leading Edge

2 Mount Vernon Street

Winchester, MA 01890

cell: 617-512-4581

www.HomesNorthOfBoston.com

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Laurie Randazzo is a leader in the industry for technology tools and interactive marketing. She is a top REALTOR in her marketplace listing and selling homes since 2005. Her talents include leveraging mobile and online technology in sophisticated Real Estate Marketing Plans. All of her listings are positioned online for maximum exposure using content management to put market information and featured listings in the hands of customers at precisely the right time...when they are searching for the information. Her Buyers have the cutting edge advantage in the marketplace and are given the tools and market information needed to win multiple bid offer situations. Lic# 009518239 Learn more about Laurie at http://about.me/laurierandazzo