If you’re searching for your next home or condo, you know it’s tough out there. Inventory is limited. And there are lots of cash buyers to compete with. With a Lakeside Bank Same Day Mortgage Pre-Qualification, you’ll have a huge advantage. And with a Lakeside pre-qualified mortgage in-hand, you’ll be ready to move daytime, night time or a weekend. Call, email, text or stop in anytime and your Lakeside Personal Mortgage Loan Consultant will show you how easy it is to be pre-qualified! Unlike online mortgage mills, we’re always available to assist you.

What is a Pre-qualification

Mortgage pre-qualification is the initial step in the mortgage application process where a potential homebuyer provides basic financial information to a lender to determine how much they may be eligible to borrow for a home loan. It is a preliminary assessment that helps borrowers understand their affordability and enables them to search for homes within their budget.

Here's how the mortgage pre-qualification process typically works:

1. Gather Financial Information: The borrower provides essential financial details to the lender, which may include their income, employment status, assets, debts, credit score, and any other relevant financial information.

2. Basic Evaluation: The lender reviews the provided information and performs a preliminary evaluation to assess the borrower's creditworthiness and ability to repay the loan.

3. Pre-Qualification Letter: If the borrower meets the initial criteria, the lender may issue a pre-qualification letter. This letter is not a guarantee of a loan approval but serves as an estimate of the amount the borrower may qualify to borrow.

4. Estimated Loan Amount: The pre-qualification letter typically includes the estimated loan amount, the interest rate, and the mortgage type (e.g., fixed-rate or adjustable-rate) based on the information provided by the borrower.

5. Advantages of Pre-Qualification: Pre-qualification provides potential buyers with several benefits:

a. Home Shopping: Armed with a pre-qualification letter, buyers can confidently shop for homes within their price range.

b. Negotiation: A pre-qualification letter may strengthen a buyer's position during negotiations with sellers, as it demonstrates the buyer's seriousness and financial capability.

c. Time Savings: Having a pre-qualification letter in hand speeds up the mortgage application process once a buyer finds a suitable property.

6. Limitations of Pre-Qualification: It's important to note that pre-qualification is not a final approval. The lender's evaluation is based on the information provided by the borrower without any verification. As such, it does not involve a thorough credit check or an in-depth analysis of the borrower's financial situation.

7. Pre-Approval vs. Pre-Qualification: These two terms are uses interchangeably to describe how a buyer is qualified to buy a home and get a mortgage loan. What is most important are the steps that your lender used in his analysis. If your realtor or the listing agent is unsure about the value of your letter, then ask your Lakeside Banker to give them a call and explain the steps that were taken to qualify you to buy a home. This personal touch may win you the home!!

Remember, mortgage pre-qualification is just the first step in the homebuying journey. Once you find a property and make an offer, the lender will conduct a more comprehensive assessment (including property appraisal) to finalize the mortgage approval process.