Pre-Qualification and Pre-Approval

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When you are selling your home For Sale by Owner or even with an agent, you’ll need to understand what kind of approval is provided with an offer. Many people get pre-qualification and pre-approval mixed up but they are entirely different as to how secure their financing is.

Always inspect lender letters carefully

The mortgage industry often times provide relaxed letters of qualification or approval for clients who may or may not be able to close on the house. 

We will look at pre-qualifications and pre-approvals further below.

Pre-Qualification

What is a pre-qualification Letter

Pre-Qualifications are lender letters based on estimates of a buyer’s overall financial situation.

Estimates on debt, income, and assets are provided to the bank or lender. The lender then reviews everything and gives a price range of how much the borrower can expect to receive.

These can be done online or directly with lender. Furthermore, they are typically free to complete.

How is it Different than a pre-approval?

Pre-qualification is quick, usually taking just one to three days to get a letter. Keep in mind that loan pre-qualification does not include an analysis of credit reports or an in-depth look at the borrower’s ability to purchase a home.

The lender in a pre-qualification usually does not receive any documentation. The potential borrower is verbally providing an idea of who they are financially.

A pre-qualified buyer does not carry the same weight as a pre-approved buyer. As a Realtor, I tend to stay away from pre-qualified letters for offers and request that the borrower go back and get a full pre-approval.

Pre-Approval

What Is a Pre-Approval Letter? 

A pre-approval is an offer (but not a commitment) to lend a specific amount, valid for 90 days.

Getting a pre-approval involves extra steps for the buyer, but it further ensures a borrower can close a deal.

This type of letter is usually based on firm financial records. Bank statements, W-2, 1099, tax returns, investment accounts or credit scores are generally used.

The borrower must complete an official mortgage application to get pre-approved, and supply the lender with all the necessary documentation to perform an extensive credit and financial background check.

The lender will then offer a pre-approval up to a specified amount.

Lenders will provide a conditional commitment in writing for an exact loan amount, allowing borrowers to look for homes at or below that price level.

This puts borrowers at an advantage when dealing with a seller because they are one step closer to getting an actual mortgage.

Side note

Remember there are still conditions to be met on the mortgage side, even with a pre-approved letter.

You should always call the lender and have a brief discussion about the pre-approval letter.

Find out if there is anything major lacking from the file that could cause the loan to pause or be denied at later date.

Make sure they have reviewed credit, all documents and ask if they owe the lender anything.

Sellers

DO NOT BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS TO THE LENDER OR BUYERS AGENT!

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If you have a question about buying or selling your home, please reach out to Joseph Walter Realtyat 248-294-7849 or via email: info@josephwalterrealty.com 

Thank you,

Scott Fader and Gary Brincat
Joseph Walter Realty

Joseph Walter Realty is a veteran owned company located in Michigan. Scott Fader and Gary Brincat are two of Michigan’s multi-million-dollar top producers. They have been working in real estate as brokers, Realtors, investors, property managers and real estate company owners for over 20 years. Together they would like to share their experiences, knowledge, success and failures to help buyers, sellers, Realtors, brokers and anyone else in the real estate and business, so that together we can grow as a community.


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What is an Appraisal?

If you have bought or sold your own personal residence, investment, or commercial property; you have probably dealt with the appraisal process.

Real estate appraisal, property valuation or land valuation is the process of developing an opinion of property value based on market statistics and property data

Appraisal reports form the basis for mortgage loans, settling estates and divorces, taxation, and so on.

As the seller or selling agent, even with the most up to date information, appraisals can come in with unexpected values.

Buyers cannot chose the appraisal company or the appraiser they use (I will not say that this is 100% of the time, but in most cases where a loan is involved, the buyer will be hands off and should remain hands off).

An appraisal is a safety net for the bank and the buyer. The bank needs to protect its loan with a piece of real estate at a specific loan to value.

Value

The location also plays a key role in valuation. However, since property cannot change location, it is often the upgrades or improvements to the home that can change its value.

Renegotiating the deal after the appraisal can be a struggle. Even through it was offered, the bank will not accept something lower and most of the time the buyer is not willing to come to the table with more money than the home is currently worth.

Buyers and their agents should also do their homework to make sure the offer they are submitting matches the value of homes in the area.

Sellers and listing agents should have comps ready to go in case the appraisal comes back lower than offer price.

You can submit these comps to the appraisal company to fight the appraisal. The more comparables shared, the higher the chance of an appraisal adjustment.

Although in my opinion there is a better chance at winning the lottery, than getting appraisers to adjust their report.

 

If you have a question about buying or selling your home, please reach out to Joseph Walter Realtyat 248-294-7849 or via email: info@josephwalterrealty.com 

Thank you,

Scott Fader and Gary Brincat
Joseph Walter Realty

Joseph Walter Realty is a veteran owned company located in Michigan. Scott Fader and Gary Brincat are two of Michigan’s multi-million-dollar top producers. They have been working in real estate as brokers, Realtors, investors, property managers and real estate company owners for over 20 years. Together they would like to share their experiences, knowledge, success and failures to help buyers, sellers, Realtors, brokers and anyone else in the real estate and business, so that together we can grow as a community.

Michigan Licensed Broker 6505431020
Ohio Licensed Broker 2020008974
Florida Licensed Broker BK3491231
Texas Licensed Broker 9010704
Arkansas Licensed Broker PB00090741
Georgia Licensed Broker 79028

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When closing on a property, there is more than just the paperwork and the signing. Selling your home has many moving pieces and many people involved. That is why preparing for closing is crucial for it to run smooth.

Closing check list

Keys

Interior

Cleaning

Exterior

Misc.

Utility Providers

Closing Checklist

Keys

You would think this would be a no brainer, but many sellers leave only the front door keys. Forgetting the many other doors in the house have key access.

  • Garage
  • Backdoor
  • Shed
  • Interior doors
  • Other outside building or second garage

Interior

Replace the light bulbs or provide the new buyer with the NAME of the device they will need to control the lights and other functions of the house

Alexa, Google Home, or other internet home voice activated devices

Voice activated devices have passwords and set up processes the new buyer may not be able to do until their internet or devices arrive – DO NOT LEAVE THEM IN THE DARK

Cleaning

Seems straight forward, but with moving and people coming in and out of the house, many people forget to leave the home clean for the buyers.

There are cleaning companies that you can hire that can come into an empty house and get it done quickly or within reasonable time to let your buyer come into a clean home

Exterior

Much like the inside of the house, a maintained yard can also add to the welcome feel

Maintain your yard

If you have dogs, PICK UP THE POOP!!!!! Do not leave your dogs poop to be picked up by someone else

Misc.

Garage door remotes

Front door or other door keypad codes

Garage door keypad codes

Instruction manuals and warranties

Utility providers

Leave names and numbers of your utility providers

  • Gas
  • Electric
  • Cable
  • Internet
  • Garbage

What is also helpful is if you have local repair people or maintenance people you used on these items, provide their names and numbers

If you have the booklets that came with the appliances, furnace, hot water tank, water softener, fireplace, pool, well, septic or other feature, place them in a drawer that would be easy to find – this helps a new buyer ease into the home faster

Prepared for Closing

There are so many moving pieces when it comes to moving from your home. We hope it can be as enjoyable to you as it is to the new buyers. It can be a stressful time, but with the right organization and enough time (time can be the issue), your move out and the new buyers move it can be a memorable day.

 

If you have a question about buying or selling your home, please reach out to Joseph Walter Realtyat 248-294-7849 or via email: info@josephwalterrealty.com 

Thank you,

Scott Fader and Gary Brincat
Joseph Walter Realty

Joseph Walter Realty is a veteran owned company located in Michigan. Scott Fader and Gary Brincat are two of Michigan’s multi-million-dollar top producers. They have been working in real estate as brokers, Realtors, investors, property managers and real estate company owners for over 20 years. Together they would like to share their experiences, knowledge, success and failures to help buyers, sellers, Realtors, brokers and anyone else in the real estate and business, so that together we can grow as a community.

Michigan Licensed Broker 6505431020
Ohio Licensed Broker 2020008974
Florida Licensed Broker BK3491231
Texas Licensed Broker 9010704
Arkansas Licensed Broker PB00090741
Georgia Licensed Broker 79028

More states 2021


3275 Martin Parkway, Ste. 125, Walled Lake, MI 48390

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