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Getting a Pre-Approval

-The Crucial Step in Buying Your Dream Home- Mark Taylor, Senior Licensed Loan Officer, NMLS: 1504731

Buying a home is an exciting and significant life event. However, it's important to remember that it's also a significant financial decision that requires careful planning and consideration. One essential step in this process is obtaining pre-approval for a mortgage.

Pre-approval is when a lender reviews your financial information, including your credit score, income, and debt, to determine how much they are willing to lend you for a home purchase. This step is crucial because it helps you understand how much you can afford to spend on a home before you start house hunting.

One of the key factors that lenders consider when determining how much you can afford is your debt-to-income ratio. This ratio measures your total monthly debt payments, including your mortgage, credit card payments, and car loans, as a percentage of your total monthly income. Most lenders prefer to see a debt-to-income ratio of no more than 43%, although there are compensating factors that could lead to a higher limit.

Another critical factor that lenders consider is your housing expense ratio, which measures your monthly mortgage payments, property taxes, insurance, and other housing-related expenses as a percentage of your monthly income. Most agree that a housing expense ratio is kept under 30%.

Obtaining pre-approval for a mortgage can help you determine how much home you can afford based on specific criteria. It can also give you a clear idea of your monthly mortgage payments, allowing you to budget accordingly and avoid any unpleasant surprises down the road.

Moreover, pre-approval for a mortgage can also give you a competitive edge when it comes to making an offer on a home. Sellers are often more willing to negotiate with buyers who have already been pre-approved for a mortgage, as it shows that they are serious and capable of making an offer.

Obtaining pre-approval for a mortgage is an essential step in the homebuying process. It allows you to understand how much home you can afford based on your income and debt, and it gives you a competitive edge in the housing market. Don't make the mistake of falling in love with a home only to find out later that you can't afford it. Get pre-approved and make an informed decision.

Mark Taylor | NMLS # 1504731 | AL: 67777, AZ: 0939604, CA: CA-DBO1504731, CO: 100520451, FL: LO35912, GA: 51692, ID: MLO-21237, IL: 031.0043598, KS: LO.0039017, KY: MC394725, LA:, MO: 18752-MLO, MT: 1504731, NE:, NV: 59226, NJ:, NM:, NC: I-170118, OR:, PA: 66651, RI:, SC: MLO-1504731, TN: 125173, TX:, VA: MLO-29826VA, WA: MLO-1504731, WV: LO-36484, WI: 1504731, WY: 6646

For information purposes only. This is not a commitment to lend or extend credit. Information and/or dates are subject to change without notice. All loans are subject to credit approval. UMortgage LLC D/B/A UMortgage NMLS #1457759 Equal Housing Opportunity, 2022 All Rights Reserved.


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