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Why Should I Get a Mortgage Pre-Approval Before Shopping For a Home in Barrie?

Why Should I Get a Mortgage Pre-Approval Before Shopping For a Home in Barrie?

Why do I need a pre-approval?

Why do I need a pre-approval?

Don’t go looking without one but also don’t rely of one too much!  I prefer to call a “pre-approval”, a “rate hold”.  Lenders will guaranty a rate for 90 to 120 days while you are out shopping for a home, if the rate drops over that time period you normally will receive the lower rate.  Most lenders don’t underwrite pre-approvals & some are auto-generated, so the quality of what you qualify for is in question.  This is mainly due to cost of underwriting & the tendency of most pre-approvals to not close.

Building a Budget

On the other hand, they can be quite useful in determining what you can afford; ensuring that you don’t waste your time looking at homes beyond your affordability.  But more importantly, will a mortgage (and other household expenses) fit into your budget?  You would be best to complete a current household budget, CMHC has good interactive worksheet.  Be conservative, but more importantly, be honest with yourself.  You don’t want to dig yourself a financial hole shortly after moving into your first Barrie home.

Keep with the Status Quo

You also need to be careful that your situation doesn’t change between the pre-approval & approval.  If miss payments, add debt, move your down payment around, co-sign on another property or change jobs you may void your pre-approval.

Expect a Rate Premium

Given that most pre-approvals don’t close, you’ll find that most lenders will add a rate premium to their pre-approvals, usually .10 to .20%.  This is not a very big imposition if rates start to soar while you’re shopping for a house.

The best feature of a pre-approval is that they’re free & you are not obligated to the lender when you’re ready to convert to an approval.

If you need help finding a mortgage that fits you best, call 705-737-6161 to talk to a Barrie Mortgage Broker now.

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