Why Getting Pre-Approved Should Be Your First Step

Why Getting Pre-Approved Should Be Your First Step

In many markets across the country, the amount of buyers searching for their dream homes greatly outnumbers the amount of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage before starting your search.

Even if you are in a market that is not as competitive, knowing your budget will give you the confidence of knowing if your dream home is within your reach.

Freddie Mac lays out the advantages of pre-approval in the My Home section of their website:

“It’s highly recommended that you work with your lender to get pre-approved before you begin house hunting. Pre-approval will tell you how much home you can afford and can help you move faster, and with greater confidence, in competitive markets.”

One of the many advantages of working with a local real estate professional is that many have relationships with lenders who will be able to help you with this process. Once you have selected a lender, you will need to fill out their loan application and provide them with important information regarding “your credit, debt, work history, down payment and residential history.”

Freddie Mac describes the 4 Cs that help determine the amount you will be qualified to borrow:

  • Capacity: Your current and future ability to make your payments
  • Capital or cash reserves: The money, savings and investments you have that can be sold quickly for cash
  • Collateral: The home, or type of home, that you would like to purchase
  • Credit: Your history of paying bills and other debts on time

Getting pre-approved is one of many steps that will show home sellers that you are serious about buying, and it often helps speed up the process once your offer has been accepted.

Bottom Line

Many potential home buyers overestimate the down payment and credit scores needed to qualify for a mortgage today. If you are ready and willing to buy, you may be pleasantly surprised at your ability to do so as well.



Kim Suwa

HEAD OF PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

Kim has served in many positions with our company and works diligently to answer any questions that you may have. Her proficient and vast set of skills is unique in that she is highly qualified in all areas of Leasing and Property Management. Kim gracefully manages all the accounting staff and functions, including coordinating rental tax, owner disbursements, move out accounting, trust account reconciliation, human resources and oversees all lease renewals for Amy Home Sales and Clear Property Management to ensure that our occupancy rate is maintained at the highest level.

Kim has an incomparable ability to solve problems and is meticulous about maintaining perfection. Should you ever have a question about anything, please let her know.

Anne Trear

BUYER'S AGENT

CalDRE: #02096043

626.428.0656
anne.trear@theagencyre.com

Anne Trear brings a passion for real estate and commitment to her clients to The Agency Pasadena, teaming up with Amy Weber as a buyer’s agent. She focuses on creatively finding solutions for her clients, embracing the opportunity to meet and develop relationships with a wide range of people, all while helping them make one of the most important decisions of their lives; she feels fortunate to get to be a part of such a monumental moment. She thrives in the exciting, fast-paced environment of real estate, where everyday is engaging and different.

Anne’s experience as a bartender and trail guide at an equestrian center have given her the opportunity to work with people from all walks of life, each bringing their own passions, emotions, and personalities to the table. She leverages this insight in her real estate career, always seeking to fully understand her clients–their desires, dreams, and needs—so she can best serve them. Enthusiastic, and motivated, Anne values honesty and integrity; her work ethic and hustle speak to her dedication to making sure her clients are completely taken care of every step of the way.

When she’s not serving her clients, she spends her time volunteering at The Union Rescue Mission and exploring her community.

Amy Weber

DIRECTOR OF RESIDENTIAL SALES

CalDRE: #01946366

818.568.4243
amy.weber@theagencyre.com

Amy Weber brings The Agency a wealth of real estate experience and a keen competitive drive. After finding success investing in properties herself, Amy gained extensive knowledge of the industry before becoming an agent. She is an accredited home stager, broker associate and E-Pro Real Estate Agent as well as a Certified Real Estate specialist (CRS), a Buyer’s Real Estate Specialist (BRS), a Senior Real Estate pro (SRES) and Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist (CPRES).

A former actress, talent agency owner and veteran of the WWE, Amy is no stranger to the rigors of competition. She is a tireless champion for her clients and understands the importance of standing out in a crowded field. To help attract potential buyers to her properties, Amy calls upon her highly skilled network of photographers and drone video operators, who work to put each home in its best light. Amy has received numerous acknowledgements from past clients praising her polished performance and talent for closing deals. She currently specializes in the Pasadena, Altadena, La Canada, La Crescenta and Montrose neighborhoods.

In her free time, Amy loves cooking, reading, volunteering with the ASPCA and spending time with her twins, Madison and Levi.

DESIGNATIONS AND CERTIFICATES:
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  • Certified Probate Real Estate Professional
  • Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES)
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