How to get qualified1 for a home loan

So, you’re ready to buy a home. Before you can begin looking in earnest, however, you need to get qualified. Qualification is what starts the loan process. You’ll provide information on your credit, income, assets and debts so PrimeLending can give you an estimate of the size of a loan you can afford. There’s never a charge to get qualified with PrimeLending.

Reasons to get qualified:

  • You’ll save time by only looking at houses within your price range.
  • You can make an offer on the same day you find the perfect home.
  • The seller can expect fewer delays with your offer, making your offer more attractive.
  • Sellers are likely to prefer your offer over a buyer who is not qualified, giving you negotiating power.
  • A real estate agent will move quicker knowing you’re qualified and ready to buy.

Approved2 vs Qualified

Being qualified means there’s been a review of your income, credit and debt information; you become approved after all your information is “verified” and “approved.” Approval is a step above qualification, and it takes a little longer to obtain, but the higher level of approval you have, the more power you have at the bargaining table because sellers know your offer will likely close without trouble or delay. When you’re ready to buy, you’ll also have less paperwork and your loan will close faster.

What is PrimeLending's Float-Down3 Option?

When you get approved for a mortgage loan, the terms are based on a specific, agreed-upon interest rate. In most approved loan agreements, this rate is locked, meaning it won’t change even if the market rates go up or down. That protects your rate from rising, but what if you learn that rates went down? At PrimeLending, we allow you to make a request to float down your rate one-time within twenty days of your closing if there has been adequate market improvement.

The Float Down option gives you the ability to lock-in, meaning your rate won’t rise, and also rest easy knowing that if you learn there has been a significant drop in interest rates, you have an option to request to reduce your rate with PrimeLending.