How to Get Pre-approved and Buy Your Dream Home

Getting pre- approved isn’t hard, but knowing what to expect will make the process much faster and smoother. In our last blog post, we told you about how important it is to get pre-approved if you want sellers to take your offer seriously. If you missed it, you can read it here.


Now we’ll show you how to get pre-approved and get started finding your dream home.



The first step is to find a lender to work with. There can be a big difference from one lender to another. There can even be a big difference from one loan officer to another. Over the years, we have worked with a lot of lenders and loan officers. We definitely prefer some over others because the good one’s make it so much easier for our clients. Visit the financing page of our website to learn more about the lender we recommend.


Once you’ve found the right lender, they’ll ask you to provide some basic information about your financial history. They will also need to run a credit report. If you meet the lender’s requirements for issuing a loan, they will issue you a pre-approval letter. This letter will tell you how much money they are willing to lend.




To get the pre-approval letter, lenders typically want the following information to confirm your credit worthiness:


1. Proof of Income


  • W-2s from the past two years
  • Your most recent pay stubs
  • Proof of additional income (alimony, child support, bonuses, etc)
  • Tax Returns from the past two years


2. Proof of Assets Bank statements Investment account statements


  • Bank statements
  • Investment account statements


3. Good Credit


  • You can often get approved without great credit, but it will affect your interest rate and the amount you can borrow. Lenders typically want to see a credit score of 720-740 or above to give you there best rates.
  • FHA loans require a score of 620 or above to be approved.


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The information above gives you a good idea of what lenders typically need, however, each lender has their own requirements. Make sure to ask them what they will need.


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