Warren County Ohio Real Estate News and Observations: Why Getting Preapproved Is Critical

Why Getting Preapproved Is Critical

You may think a real estate agent is just being nosy when they ask "Are you preapproved?".

But we ask because there's a mutual win-win involved in that question.

It helps you AND it helps the agent to know that you've been through the preapproval process with a reputable loan officer.

If you've taken that step it establishes a few things:

1.  You're serious about buying a home

2.  We know your comfortable limit AND what we need to ask for as part of the purchase offer when we find the right home.

The mortgage pro is going to establish a few key parameters:

  • The type of loan
  • How much you can borrow
  • The terms of the loan (percent down, length, etc.)
  • Whether the buyer needs closing cost assistance and if so, how much

Knowing those key terms helps me as an agent better serve my clients because:

  • I won't be taking the buyer to communities the loan doesn't fit (e.g. need an FHA loan and the condo association isn't FHA certified)
  • I don't "tease" the buyer with homes above their price point
  • We know whether or not the buyer has to sell their current home to buy

It's always good to know as a buyer what you can and can't do.

Want to discuss further?  Just reach out at 513-520-5305 or email Liz@LizSpear.com.

Serving Greater Cincinnati home buyers and sellers,

Bill & Liz aka BLiz

Serving Warren County Ohio & Adjacent Areas


The Liz Spear Team of RE/MAX Elite
Elizabeth Spear, ABR, CRS, Ohio License SAL.2002007747

William (Bill) Spear, CRS, Ohio License SAL.2004011109  Kentucky 77938
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Comment balloon 5 commentsLiz and Bill Spear • September 10 2019 01:39AM


I love the way this is presented, in that logical click click click mode.  I want to re-blog this one.. will wait a few days from now. 

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) 9 days ago

I’ve heard many people have mixed feelings about this but I think you’re totally right in this particular circumstance.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) 9 days ago

Hi there, 

I agree, it is important for buyers to be pre-approved.

Posted by Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900!, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) 9 days ago

Good morning Spear Team. Knowing what you have to work with saves everyone time. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 9 days ago

Hello Liz and Bill - for some there may be a "nosy" factor involved but there is a good reason for understanding the mortgage approval status for buyers and for real estate professionals.  Things in a natural progression...baby steps....first thiings first...

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 9 days ago