Thanks for the feedback on my video.
Absolutely! You can look without talking to a lender but why would you? It literally takes 15 minutes of discussion to get qualified with an experienced loan officer. Then you do not risk getting frustrated. You know what they will lend you and now all you have to do is find a home!!
As far as who to use for lending. Direct lenders. Whether it is a bank or a mortgage company you just want to make sure that they are the ones lending you the money. This will cut out some unnecessary verification for the loan and you can have more confidence when they prequalify you because they are the ones lending the money.
When you need some help looking please give me a call or email directly. I look forward to hearing from you. Bill Heenan
You can look at any property you want, to do so just contact the listing agent and keep in mind that they work for the seller only unless you sign a contract with them. CT real estate law dictates that an agent can only show you properties where they already represent the seller until you sign a contract for representation. What is common and typical in CT is for you to hire your own agent, who can show you ANY property and works in your interests, NOT the sellers.
But more to the point is that you want to know what you can afford, I can't tell you how many clients I have worked with who started looking and found something they fell in love with, only to find out that for whatever reason they were not able to get the financing to purchase that home. I don't want that to happen to you, so please get yourself pre-qualified before you get out there, you never know when you might find that perfect home... and you want to 100% ready to go when you do.
Additionally, I always refer my clients to no less than 3 lenders, and at least one of each bank loan officer and mortgage broker. It all depends on what you value most in the relationship? No matter what option you decide to go with here are some points to consider:
It has been, in my 10 years of experience, a much better experience when the buyer works with a local lender. The problem working with someone in another state or halfway across the country is that when you really need them, or something goes wrong, or there is a time sensitive emergency... they don't respond as quickly and there is less accountability. In other words, if you were dealing with an absolute crisis, you want to be able to walk into someone's office and get help immediately.
Secondly, my personal preference in to work with mortgage brokers, they have more options than the banks, and if something happens during a deal that cause one particular lender to turn you down, they can shuffle your file over to another lender they work with to get the loan.
With a bank you have much more limited options, but the flip side is that they may have better programs and rates than some mortgage brokers, or they can give you a break on the fees to originate (or take the application and process) the loan.
If you have any more questions regarding getting started in the buying process please don't hesitate to call me.
Appraiser - Broker â€“ Investor
President & CEO
Alpha Real Estate & Valuation LLC
Direct Cell # 860-916-7988
If you need any assistance in what steps we take to get your pre-qualified, please contact me any time as I am licensed in CT among other states!
It is my personal opinion and I advise my clients of such. It doesn't hurt to get in touch with a lender to get pre-qualified and know how much house you can afford before you begin your search. One of the reasons being.......say you find the home of your dreams, but you're only qualified for $200k and the house is $250k. You're going to be very disappointed. So try to avoid that type of disappointment ahead of time. Bank v. mortgage company...........it depends. Although, in my experience, mortgage companies seem to offer the great options as far as financing.
Also, keep in mind that if you call direct from a street sign, newspaper ad, possibly a website, that agent is representing the seller's best interest.
Best to have representation for yourself. Make sure your agent is skilled in working with buyer's also. Ask if they are an ABR (Accredited Buyer's Representative), which tells you they've taken the extra steps to get more educated in working with buyers.
Buying a home should be fun, and with the right agent it will be. Good luck!
Michelle L. Mayo, Realtor
It is best to see a mortgage broker or or lender before you shop so you know what amount of a mortgage you can qualify for. My advice would be to get a pre-approval from the lender you choose so you will be able to act quickly when you find the right property for you. A pre-approval means the lender will collect some information from you such as a few paystubs, bank account statements, possibly tax return copies etc...you will get a pre-approval from the lending institution saying you will be able to get a mortgage from them as long certain conditions are met by you and the property.
Betsy Purtell, Realtor
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Yes, you can look at homes without talking with a lender first. When you're getting ready to make an offer, though, most sellers want to see a pre-approval letter.
I've worked for both brokers and banks and both offer benefits to the consumer. One of the major benefits of working with a mortgage broker is that the broker can shop your loan with many different lenders and banks versus you going from bank to bank.
Referrals are always best, in my opinion. I suggest you ask a few friends, family members and colleagues for some recommendations.
C2 Financial Corporation
As for the mortgage broker or bank part of your question, I would recommend a broker over bank. A broker works with several lenders and can find you the best one to fit your individualized situation.
Yes you can look at houses if you haven't spoken with your bank or a mortgage officer, but I wouldn't recommend it. You don't want to be disappointed by looking at homes that are 20, 30, 40K + outside what you qualify for. There are some great mortgage rates and packages available and speaking to a mortgage representative and using an experienced agent will help you become an informed buyer.
When submitting an offer, it is expected that the offer is accompanied by a letter from a reputable lending institution stating that you are pre-qualified to buy this home, your offer will be in better standing to be seriously considered by the seller, who will then have the security of knowing you have taken the necessary steps in your quest to become a home owner.
I work in the area that you appear to be interested in based on the zip code you entered, and if you would like any further assistance in your home search, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Cartus Relocation Specialist
You absolutely can. The only setback to that is not knowing what price and tax range you are qualified to shop in. Having a pre qualification will take that sometimes disappointment out of the equation. If you surely know that you qualify and will get approved at a certain amount or are a cash buyer then go for it.