When selecting a lender, your goal is to obtain a mortgage loan with terms that are most favorable to your situation. In order to find the best home loan for you, contact several lenders to discuss the mortgages they offer, their rates, closing costs, and other fees. If you already have a mortgage, contact that institution too.
Mortgage loans are available from many sources, including:
- Mortgage companies
- Savings and loan associations
- Credit unions
Your buyer’s representative may also be able to suggest loan providers that are offering competitive rates. To shop for mortgages and compare rates online, go to E-LOAN.
What’s the difference between being pre-qualified and pre-approved for a mortgage?
Typically you will first pre-qualify for a mortgage, then get pre-approved before you have found the specific home you wish to purchase. What is the difference?
Pre-qualification: An informal determination by a lender or mortgage broker stating how much mortgage you can afford.
Pre-approval: A guarantee in writing by a lender to grant you a loan up to a specified amount.
What are the advantages of being pre-approved?
There are two advantages of being pre-approved for a loan as early as possible in your home-buying process:
- Sellers will find any offer you make more attractive if you are pre-approved for a mortgage.
- The length of time before closing can be shorter if you’ve completed the steps to securing mortgage approval prior to signing a contract on a property.