The Difference Between Pre-approved & a Pre-qualified Mortgage 

The terms "pre-approved" and "pre-qualified" are often used interchangeably in the context of mortgage financing, but they actually represent different stages in the mortgage application process:

Pre-qualification is the initial step in the mortgage application process.
To get pre-qualified, you provide basic financial information to a lender, such as your income, assets, debts, and credit score.
Based on this information, the lender will give you an estimate of how much you may be able to borrow.
Pre-qualification is typically a quick and informal process that does not involve a thorough review of your financial documents or credit history.
Pre-qualification gives you an idea of your purchasing power and can help you determine a realistic budget for your home search.

Pre-approval is a more formal and comprehensive process than pre-qualification.
To get pre-approved, you will need to submit detailed financial documentation to the lender, including pay stubs, bank statements, tax returns, and other relevant paperwork.
The lender will review your financial documents, verify your income, assets, debts, and credit history, and assess your ability to repay the loan.
Based on this thorough evaluation, the lender will provide you with a pre-approval letter, which states the maximum amount you are approved to borrow for a mortgage.
Pre-approval demonstrates to sellers that you are a serious and qualified buyer, as it indicates that a lender has already conducted a comprehensive review of your finances.
Pre-approval does not guarantee that you will ultimately receive a mortgage loan, as final approval is contingent upon factors such as the appraisal of the property you intend to purchase and the lender's underwriting process.

In summary, pre-qualification provides an initial estimate of your borrowing capacity based on basic financial information, while pre-approval involves a thorough review of your financial documents and credit history to determine your eligibility for a mortgage loan. Pre-approval carries more weight in the homebuying process and can give you a competitive advantage when making an offer on a property.

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