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Get preapproved!

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Getting preapproved for a loan is the first step in buying a home.  Many times I will get asked to show properties when a buyer hasn't talked to a lender yet.  Most people don't really understand the steps in the home buying process. 

Step 1. - Get Preapproved

Tell the lender where you want your house payment to be with property taxes and homeowners insurance.  It is important to find out about the different types of loans.  Are you a Veteran?  A VA loan is the best type of loan available.  A VA loan can be used over continuously, many people think it can only be used once.

Did you know that certain areas allow for an agricultural loan called a USDA loan?  The USDA loan is a no money down loan.  It is the only no money down loan besides a VA loan that is available today.  There is a map outlining qualifying USDA loan areas, you may be surprised!

Does a home you are interested in need too many repairs?  An FHA203K rehab loan may be just what you're looking for.  This loan allows you to borrow for repairs made to the home and roll it into your mortgage. 

Are you a first time home buyer?  Many areas have first time home buyer down payment assistance programs.  Your lender will know what is available in your area and can let you know what the qualifications are.

1. Getting preapproved let's you know what price to keep your home search under. 
2. Preapproval will help narrow your search criteria to homes that will fit the types of financing you are considering.

3. Preapproved home buyers are in a better position to negotiate when they do find the right home.

4. Many sellers are requesting that only lender qualified buyers view their homes. 

5. The loan process and ultimately closing on your new home will go much quicker if you are preapproved.


As you can see a knowledgeable, trustworthy and dependable lender is KEY to starting the home buying process.


For lending information in Northwest Indiana and Northeast Illinois  - 

                                    call Ruby Stover, Lakeshore Mortgage:  219-617-2987
call Mike Forrest, Real Estate Resource:  219-678-9411



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Comment balloon 2 commentsChristine McDaniel • April 19 2012 10:10PM


Christine, this is valuable information for buyers.  Most sellers in the Dallas market will not accept an offer without a preapproval letter

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty) about 3 years ago

Sharon, I think buyers need to know why it's so important to get preapproved and how it saves them time, frustration and money.


Posted by Christine McDaniel, Broker Associate (Red Key Realty Leaders) about 3 years ago