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How to Get Pre-Approved For a Mortgage

Pre-qualifying for your mortgage loan is one of the best ways to jump-start your homebuying journey. Knowing how much home you can afford helps sellers see that you are serious about buying real estate.

Pre-approval can speed up the loan process once you find a home. But what exactly is mortgage pre-approval, and when should I obtain one?

Getting Preapproved


The mortgage pre-approval process varies between lenders, but typically involves filling out a short loan application and providing financial documents such as bank statements and tax forms. Some offer online preapproval services while others may require an in-person appointment to review your paperwork and discuss possible mortgage solutions.

Preapproval letters give buyers an edge in the housing market by locking in their borrowing power. A preapproval letter also helps ensure you find an affordable home that meets your budget requirements, helping avoid heartbreak if they fall in love with something out of reach. Most home sellers won’t accept offers from buyers without a preapproval letter.

Your preapproval process will include credit checks from each of the major credit reporting agencies (TransUnion, Equifax and Experian). Your lender will review this report to make sure that it satisfies borrower guidelines for the mortgage program that interests them.

Preapproval processes typically can take one or two weeks, though applying with a Mortgage Loan Officer at NEXA mortgage can reduce the approval process to a matter of days. Each lender’s credit check counts as a hard inquiry on your credit score, which could temporarily lower it; only apply with lenders that you feel comfortable sharing sensitive personal financial data with as preapproval can be an intimate process.


Determining Factors

Home Loan Preapproval documents verify your financial information and approve for up to a specified loan amount, giving buyers insight into what their budget can accommodate while showing sellers they are serious buyers. Getting preapproved only lasts 60-90 days however and may change if your financial circumstances alter unexpectedly.

An important determinant of affordability for buyers is their debt-to-income ratio, calculated by dividing monthly debt payments with income received each month. Lenders usually set this number between 50-55%. Credit scores also play a crucial role when getting preapproved; those with higher scores often qualify for better rates and have greater purchasing power.

Preapproval lenders also conduct employment history verification to assess and confirm income levels of potential homebuyers, such as reviewing pay stubs, tax documents and W-2 statements provided by buyers. It’s wise for home buyers to apply with multiple lenders during this process in order to gain insight into all their possible mortgage options and find the most competitive deal available to them.

Although it is possible to be denied a mortgage after being preapproved, this usually stems from either an error in your loan application or significant changes to your financial standing. Buyers should ask their lender what caused this shift in standing and how to rectify it.

Debt-to-Income Ratio

Lenders consider your debt to income ratio (also known as DTI). This compares what you owe across credit cards, loans and mortgages with how much money comes in each month before taxes – so a higher DTI might indicate you won’t be able to afford extra payments on debt.

Lenders prefer debt-to-income (DTI) ratios of 40% or less, according to The Mortgage Reports. To calculate your DTI ratio, add up the costs of all of your recurring debt obligations – rent/mortgage payment, student loans, car payments, minimum credit card bills or any other debt you may owe – then divide this total by your gross monthly income; which should include salaries/wage earnings/freelance work commissions tips allowances etc.

As lenders evaluate an application, two components of your DTI will usually be taken into consideration: front-end DTI and back-end DTI. Front-end DTI includes estimated monthly mortgage costs along with property taxes and homeowner’s insurance escrowed in advance; while back-end DTI calculates by adding all monthly revolving and installment debt payments and then dividing by your gross monthly income.

If you are in the market for a home purchase, it is crucial that you understand how your debt-to-income (DTI) ratio impacts preapproval benefits of loan applications. Refinancing debt or paying off outstanding bills before applying for new mortgage can help increase your DTI ratio and help improve prequalification status.



Credit scores are at the core of every mortgage application and play a crucial role in whether or not you qualify for a home loan loan. But pre-approval doesn’t need to compromise your score! It can even save both money and time over the long haul by helping you to establish what houses fit within your budget and enabling a quick move once the right property has been identified. Becoming pre-approved for a mortgage prior to starting the home search can help avoid unexpected and potentially costly surprises further down the line, especially in competitive markets where homes don’t remain available for very long. Hard credit inquiries typically only occur when applying to pre-approved offers from lenders, causing your score to be temporarily affected. Any other inquiries will typically be recorded as soft inquiries such as requests made directly or by employers for reports on individuals.



One of the greatest frustrations home buyers experience is becoming excited about a property, only to realize later on they cannot afford it. Being preapproved for your mortgage allows you to avoid this frustration altogether by knowing beforehand how much money is in your budget and narrow down your search based on that information. Furthermore, preapproval gives buyers additional bargaining power: sellers typically prefer preapproved buyers when selecting between competing offers as it saves both time and money and prevents their dream property being claimed by another bidder.

Applying with NEXA Mortgage

If you are considering purchasing a home, mortgage financing will likely be necessary. Most people do not have enough savings saved up to buy outright; mortgage loans offer affordable homeownership solutions designed to make homeownership accessible and accessible for all.

Step one of obtaining a mortgage loan involves getting preapproved. To do so, fill out an application and provide documentation of your income, assets and debts; lenders will also perform a credit inquiry and assess how much home you can afford to buy. Preapproval differs from prequalification which involves less rigorous underwriting reviews but may take up to 90 days longer for approval.

NEXA Mortgage

Once preapproved, you will receive a letter outlining the maximum loan amount available to you for home purchases, along with estimates of closing costs, property taxes and mortgage insurance premiums – information that can help guide your search and negotiate effectively with sellers.

At any stage in the housing market, getting preapproved for financing is important. Some sellers won’t consider offers from buyers without preapproval for financing; additionally, this process allows you to explore various loan programs available to you which could yield lower interest rates or shortened payoff periods as well as other potential advantages. If there are financial roadblocks preventing preapproval from happening for you, working on improving your credit score or debt ratio might help make preapproval possible.