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The Difference Between a Pre-Qualification vs. Pre- Approval

The Difference Between a Pre-Qualification vs. Pre- Approval


There is plenty of real estate terms used in transactions. Needless-to-say it can be confusing for both buyers and

sellers trying to navigate the process. The home loan process might feel
overwhelming and difficult to understand. Both buyers and sellers find terms like “Pre-
Qualification” and “Pre-Approval” used interchangeably, it’s no wonder they find themselves
wondering how to proceed.


The first step in obtaining a home loan is to meet with a lender and discussing their financial
situation. The lender will discuss income, job stability, debt and credit. Once they have
performed a basic review of the qualifications and run credit, they will issue a Pre-Qualification
Letter to the potential buyer. This letter will identify the maximum sales price, down payment
requirement and basic terms of the loan, such as interest rate.
The Pre-Qualification letter is used to provide evidence that the buyer has been reviewed by a
lender who is vouching for their ability to obtain a loan.


A Pre-Approval is quite different. In this case, the lender collects all the necessary information
and proof of eligibility and has it reviewed by the lender underwriter for approval. A Pre-
Approval letter is almost like shopping with cash, the only remaining piece of the puzzle is the
property they are buying. 

About the Author:

Celina Vazquez is a Real Estate Agent serving the Inland Empire. She has a Broker License, GRI Designation and a CCRM Designation. As a Real Estate Agent Celina Vazquez goes the extra mile to take care of her clients. If you are looking to buy, sell, or invest in real estate, call Celina Vazquez today.

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