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Attention Fresh Meadows Real Estate Buyers: Getting a Mortgage Pre-Approval

Apr 15, 2024

Even though we are currently experiencing a seller’s market in Queens, it is still important for buyers to be on top of their game to score that coveted piece of property. If you have been checking out Fresh Meadows real estate, have you been pre-approved for a mortgage? If not, read on to learn what a mortgage pre-approval is and why it’s important.

What is a Mortgage Pre-approval

A mortgage pre-approval is a process that determines how much money a bank might lend you to purchase a piece of Fresh Meadows real estate. Be prepared to share lots of financial information during this process. For smooth sailing, have these documents at your disposal:

  • Your driver’s license or state identification and social security number to show proof of identity.
  • W-2 statements and pay stubs to show proof of income.
  • Bank, retirement, and brokerage account statements to show assets.
  • Debt documentation.
  • Rent, divorce, or bankruptcy documentation, if applicable.

What isn’t a Mortgage Pre-approval

Listen closely: A mortgage pre-approval ISN’T a guarantee. If you get pre-approved for a mortgage, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you will get full approval when the time comes. Your lender will need specific details about the property you plan to purchase during the approval process, which you don’t have during pre-approval.

Mortgage Pre-approval Benefits

If you are browsing the Fresh Meadows real estate market, we recommend taking the time to get that preapproval letter in your hands. Here’s why:

  • A mortgage preapproval gives you and your real estate agent a budget to work with.
  • A mortgage preapproval presents you as a serious buyer. Many sellers won’t accept an offer from a buyer who doesn’t have a pre-approval letter.
  • Although you will still need full approval to purchase real estate, a pre-approval makes the process go faster.

Start Shopping!

It’s time to enter the Fresh Meadows real estate race! Get in touch with Fresh Meadows Realty today to learn more about getting a mortgage pre-approval and start searching for your next home.