When sellers accept an offer, they want the deal to go through. However, if the buyer isn’t pre-approved for a loan, this can put the whole deal in jeopardy—because if the loan doesn’t get approved, the buyer will likely be unable to follow through, says Chantay Bridges with TruLine Realty in Los Angeles.
A pre-approval provides that extra measure of security to a seller that you are both willing and able to buy the house. As a result, sellers will likely pick you as a buyer over someone without pre-approval since you’re a sure thing, and they won’t have to hold their breath that the deal might not go through.
Bottom line: While pre-approval is a pain, you’ll have to pony up all that paperwork sooner or later anyway. Why not do it on the early side and get a head start on the competition and shop for your dream home with confidence?