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The importance of a pre-approval: How to get a head start on your home buying journey

Apr 27, 2023 | Finance, News and Updates, Property Investing, Purchasing Property

If you’re thinking of buying a property in Australia, the first thing you should do is get pre-approved for a mortgage. A pre-approval is a conditional approval from a lender that indicates how much they are willing to lend you based on your income, employment, credit history, and other factors.

Buying a home is one of the biggest financial decisions you will make in your lifetime. For most people, it is not possible to pay for a home in full, and that means obtaining a loan. In this blog, we will discuss the importance of pre-approval and how you can get a head start on your home-buying journey.

What is pre-approval?

A pre-approval is a written letter from a lender that specifies the maximum amount of money you can borrow for your home loan. This letter is based on your financial situation and creditworthiness. It is not a guarantee that you will receive a loan, but it is a good indication that you are eligible for a loan of that amount.

The importance of pre-approval

  • Know your budget
    Obtaining pre-approval will give you a clear understanding of how much you can afford to spend on your new home. This will help you to narrow down your property search and avoid looking at homes that are outside of your budget.
  • Confidence in your offer
    Pre-approval also gives you the confidence to make an offer on a property. When you are negotiating with a seller, having a pre-approval letter in hand shows that you are a serious buyer who is ready to move forward with the purchase.
  • Saves time
    By obtaining pre-approval, you can save time during the home-buying process. You can start your property search with confidence and avoid the disappointment of finding a home that you love, only to later discover that you are not eligible for the loan.
  • Helps you to make a quick decision
    In a competitive property market, pre-approval can give you an edge over other potential buyers. If you find the perfect property, you can make an offer quickly, knowing that you are already pre-approved for the loan.

How to get a head start on your home-buying journey

  • Gather your financial information
    Before you apply for pre-approval, you will need to gather all of your financial information. This includes your income, expenses, debts, and assets. You will need to provide this information to the lender to determine your eligibility for a loan.
  • Talk to a broker/lender
    Different lenders offer different loan products and rates for your situation. 
  • Apply for pre-approval
    Once you have chosen a lender, you can apply for pre-approval. The lender will review your financial information and credit score to determine your eligibility for a loan. If you are approved, you will receive a pre-approval letter.
  • Keep your financial information up-to-date
    Your financial situation can change at any time, and it is important to keep your lender up-to-date with any changes. This can include changes in income, expenses, debts, or credit scores. Keeping your lender informed will help to ensure that your pre-approval remains valid.

While it’s not required to get pre-approved before shopping for a home, it is highly recommended. Getting pre-approved will give you a better idea of your budget, help you narrow down your search, and make you more attractive to sellers. It can also speed up the home-buying process once you find a property you want to purchase.

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