When selling Real Estate in Albuquerque , the very first two questions I ask a potential client is "are you currently working with a Realtor and have you been pre-approved for a loan?". It may seem a little forward and every now and then I get some resistance, but in the end it makes the journey just that much more clear. People who are working with a licensed Realtor soon realize that they should be asking their Realtor about the property and that they really should speak with a licensed mortgage pro if they haven't already.
Some don't quite know the difference regarding a "pre-approval" and a "pre-qualification", and rightly so. The stronger of the two and the most accepted is the pre-approval. With a pre-approval, you are telling the seller that you have spoken with a loan pro and have provided the preliminary documents to obtain a mortgage for the asking price within the offer minus the down payment. A pre-qualification can be obtained be just telling a loan officer about your financial situation and not give any documents to verify your information at that moment. As you can see, a person may "stretch the truth" are not know their current situation. For example, a person may think that their credit score is a 660 and when the scores are actually pulled, the middle score could be a 635. Is most cases this could be a deal breaker for underwriting.
by Tim Fish