Are there some inside tips to win the mortgage game when relocating?
Sometimes transferees start house hunting without a firm idea of their buying power. If you are pre-approved for a loan, you can save considerable time house hunting and mortgage shopping.
How Pre-Approval Works:
When pre-approving a borrower for a loan, a lender will generally use two ratios:
- Total housing costs compared to total income.
- Total debt compared to total income.
As a general rule on a loan with a 10-19% down payment, housing costs should not exceed 28% of total family income, while total debt payments should not exceed 36% of the income. If your numbers fall in line, and your credit checks out to the lenders satisfaction, you may be able to get a tentative commitment from the lender for a specified loan amount. This is pre-approval, and it's a more powerful and accurate gauge of your buying ability than pre-qualification.
A pre-approved mortgage loan is an excellent guideline for relocating home buyers to know how much home they can afford. For the seller, pre-approval is proof the buyers lender feels confident a loan commitment would not be a problem if all the financial documentation were in order.
- Streamlines house hunting.
Pre-approval identifies how much money the transferee can obtain, so precious time isnt wasted looking at homes that are out of reach.
- Offers peace of mind.
You know for sure how much home you can afford, and there is little chance a lender will not make the requested commitment.
- Prevents "house poor" homeowners.
Pre-approval reduces the possibility of you becoming overextended and unable to meet payments later on.
- Boosts bargaining power.
Pre-approved buyers tend to be in an advantageous position when bidding against other buyers, as sellers like knowing your loan is guaranteed.
- Pinpoints best mortgage option.
The pre-approval process helps you identify ahead of time which type of mortgage best meets your personal needs.
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