Why Get Pre-approved for a Portland Home Loan?
There are a few things you can do to make the process of buying a new Portland home easier and faster. Getting pre-approved for financing is one of them. Here are four advantages of loan pre-approval:
REALTORS® Take You Seriously
When you walk into an agent’s office with pre-approved financing, the agent knows he is not wasting his time showing you homes. If you do not have pre-approved financing be prepared for agents to ask a lot of questions and even possibly request that you get financing in hand. They are not trying to be invasive. They are avoiding “looky-loos” while helping you streamline the process.
Home Sellers Feel More Comfortable Dealing with You
When you have pre-approved financing, sellers are more apt to work with you on price, or other needs, in order to close the deal. They know that there are not going to be contingencies on a loan, or waiting and wondering if you qualify for the loan. They know they don’t have to worry about turning other prospects away and then finding out you haven’t been able to get a loan.
Getting pre-approved for a loan means no waiting on the biggest of all hurdles before closing. Other items needed to close on a Portland home purchase usually move quickly, but loan applications can drag out and require setting a closing date far into the future to allow for the time needed.
Above all else, having your financing in hand before you even begin to look for the perfect Portland home makes the entire process less stressful for you. Knowing you have the money to back you up when you find the home of your dreams is much better than finding paradise and having to worry about getting financed and possibly losing it.
If you would like to find out more about pre-approved home loans, I can help. Also check out more useful resources on our Portland Real Estate Blog.