Bloomfield Hills Real Estate: How to Get Pre-Approved For a Home Loan

Posted in Bloomfield Hills Real Estate by Michigan Real Estate Expert on August 6th, 2012

Before you start shopping for your new Bloomfield Hills home, take the steps to get pre-approved for a home loan. Being pre-approved gives you a few advantages when you are shopping for Bloomfield Hills real estate:

  • You know how much you can afford to pay for a home. This saves you time and reduces your frustration because you can look at only those homes that are within your price range.
  • It makes you a more attractive Bloomfield Hills real estate buyer to sellers because they know you can get a loan to purchase their home.

In order to get pre-approved for a loan, you need to:

  • Find a lender. Shop around because there are a variety of terms and rates. Getting pre-approved does not obligate you to that particular lender.
  • Provide your financial information. Be prepared to supply your annual gross income, current expenses and debts. Give the lender copies of the last two most recent income tax returns, W2 or 1099 statements for the last two years, bank statements (checking and savings accounts) for the last few months, two most recent paycheck stubs or proof of income and any retirement savings account statements.
  • Fill in your employer information. You’ll need to give your employer’s name, address, how long you have worked at your current job. If you’ve been at your current job for less than two years, be prepared to provide information about past employers.
  • Allow the lender to run your credit report.

Be very precise when disclosing income and debt levels. The lender will verify every item to make sure they are accurate. Misrepresenting information on the pre-approval form will only hurt you in the end.

A pre-approval for a loan is more important than a pre-qualification. A pre-qualification only says you look like you qualify for the loan without any financial information being investigated.

If you would like more information about getting pre-approved for a home loan to purchase Bloomfield Hills real estate, or would like a referral to a lender, feel free to call Realtor and Attorney Lee Morof at 248-514-2640 or email

Lee Morof
Associate Broker/Certified Distressed Property Expert/Attorney  
RE/MAX Showcase Homes, Birmingham, Michigan

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