What's better Pre-approval or Pre-qualification when buying a home?

When it comes to getting a mortgage, it's important to understand the difference between being pre-qualified and pre-approved.

Pre-qualification is a preliminary step in the mortgage process where a lender assesses your financial situation and provides an estimate of how much you may be able to borrow.

Pre-approval, on the other hand, is a more in-depth process that involves a lender verifying your financial information and creditworthiness to determine exactly how much they are willing to lend you.

Pre-qualification can be a useful first step to help you determine a general price range for your home search, but it does not guarantee that you will be approved for a mortgage. Pre-approval, on the other hand, is a stronger indication to sellers that you are a serious buyer and can help you stand out in a competitive market. Keep in mind that pre-approval is not a guarantee of a mortgage either, as final approval will depend on a variety of factors including the property you want to purchase.

Overall, pre-qualification can give you a rough idea of what you can afford, while pre-approval is a more concrete step that shows you're serious about buying a home and have the financial means to do so. It's important to speak with a mortgage lender to determine which option is best for your specific financial situation and home buying goals.

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