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As a homebuyer, having a competitive edge during our current housing market is an important part of the homebuying process.  I am often asked as to whether it is better to be a pre-approved buyer or a pre-qualified buyer for mortgage financing. The followng article from U.S. News will give you details on both and help you get that competitive edge.

Before you can buy a house, you have to know how you’ll pay for it. For 88 percent of homebuyers, that means financing the purchase with a loan, according to the National Association of Realtors' 2018 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends Report.

A major part of finding the right lender and knowing what you can afford is providing information to the bank, credit union or other lender to prove you can continue to pay back the loan, with interest, over time.

There are two options to find out what a bank is willing to lend you, as long as everything checks out once you’ve picked a house: prequalification and preapproval.

Prequalification. Having a prequalification letter from a lender means you’re conditionally approved to purchase a home up to a certain price, based on basic information about your income, debt and how much you have saved for a down payment.

While prequalification doesn’t require the documentation and proof of funds needed for a preapproval, it’s particularly helpful for homebuyers who have no idea about their budget for a home. “Prequalification gets them in a position to shop,” says John Pataky, executive vice president at TIAA Bank.

Preapproval. With preapproval, you’re providing the details about your employment and financial information and letting the lender pull your credit history to learn more about you as a borrower. A preapproval means the lender is stating confidence in lending you a certain amount of money to purchase a home, pending any issues with the house itself or unforeseen circumstances with your finances.

While the differences between preapproval and prequalification are merely a matter of reporting financial information versus providing documentation for it, a preapproval letter can be far more powerful when it comes time to place an offer on a home. That's because with preapproval, the seller has proof of your lender's confidence in you as a borrower. While prequalification makes it easier to shop for a home you can more realistically afford, preapproval gives you the strength to negotiate a purchase price, Pataky says.

Brian Simmons, founder and CEO of Ask a Lender, an online platform to help consumers shop lenders and loans and get financial advice, echoes the preference for preapproval: “One of the first things a buyer should do when they begin looking at homes is getting preapproved for a mortgage.”

If your local housing market is seeing frequent bidding wars and multiple offers on houses, a preapproval could help keep you from being overlooked by sellers who have many options to choose from when it comes to sale terms and price. Still, there are times when prequalification may be your best option to begin house hunting

Here are five things to keep in mind as you decide whether prequalification or preapproval is the best move for you.

To shop lenders, prequalify. You may not have decided on the lender you’d like to work with yet, and shopping around by inquiring with three lenders or so is always recommended. Rather than just talking to a loan officer about available programs, you can use the prequalification process to gauge how much a lender would be able to lend to you. Of course, don’t base your choice of lender solely on the maximum price you prequalify for. Also consider what terms, rates and other details will best suit you in the long run.

Don’t get preapproved by too many lenders. Preapproval includes a full review of your financial background, including your credit history. As a result, that inquiry is noted in your credit report and can negatively impact your credit score if you have too many recent checks into your credit history.

“It doesn’t necessarily reflect well on you,” Pataky says. If you’re unsure which lender you want to work with, ask more questions and consider trying out prequalification first, then apply for preapproval once you’ve made your decision.

Neither guarantees a rate lock. The interest rate on your mortgage may be a deciding factor in whether you can afford a certain house. But your ability to secure a desirable interest rate through a rate lock, which guarantees your rate will not increase over a set time period – typically between 30 and 90 days – often only happens when you’ve found the house you want to buy.

Rate locks vary based on lender practices, but prequalification rarely offers a rate lock, and preapproval often doesn’t include a rate lock until you’ve identified the house you wish to purchase – or even until the seller has accepted your offer. 

Ask your lender what’s required to ensure a rate lock and how long that rate lock lasts. In many cases, the lock is limited to 30 days, which is just enough time to get through the contract period on a house.

Preapproval still isn’t a done deal. Even if your lender is impressed by your salary and pristine history of paying off debt, no preapproval is a guarantee that a mortgage will be approved once you’ve found the house you want. There are still other factors at play, the first of which focuses on whether your financial situation has changed.

“The factors by which you were preapproved have to be maintained,” Pataky says. That means not quitting your job, not buying a Maserati to keep up with the Joneses in your new neighborhood and not opening up five credit cards in the last two weeks, he explains.

Another factor standing between you and mortgage approval is the house’s condition and appraised value. Even if you’re preapproved to buy a house for $400,000 and agree to that same price with the seller, if the house appraised for only $375,000, your lender will likely only approve you for a mortgage on the house at $375,000. You’re then tasked with trying to renegotiate on price with the seller, coming up with the extra cash on your own or starting your search for a home all over again.

Keep asking your lender questions. Even if you’ve bought a home with a mortgage before, it’s likely been at least a few years, and the process will feel different. At every step of the way, you shouldn’t be afraid to ask your lender about expectations, timing and documents you should have ready to help streamline the process as much as possible.

“During the preapproval process, the buyer will need to provide some of the documentation their loan officer will use when it’s time to underwrite the loan,” Simmons says. “This is a good opportunity to ask the lender questions about the process and get a checklist of documents the lender will need, such as pay stubs, bank statements and tax documents.”

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Latest Market Activity for August 2018

by Galand Haas

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Don't let the sales statistics from August fool you, we are heading into a shifting market quickly in the Eugene and Springfield area. The months to come certainly may see slower home sales with more pressure on home prices and longer times on the market. Home prices over the past several years have increased too rapidly and have outpaced buyers ability to purchase. In the past, this scenario has always created a market adjustment. If you are needing to sell a home now, you should be pricing your home accordingly. Don't think that you can price above this current market and expect a sale. Here are the August sales numbers.

August Residential Highlights

Lane County saw some gains in closings and new listings this August. Closings, at 575, outpaced August 2017 (519) by 10.8% and July 2018 (491) by 17.1%. It was the strongest August for closings in Lane County on the RMLSTM record, dating to 2001!


New listings (711) saw a 4.6% gain over the 680 new listings  on the market last year in August 2017 and a 9.4% gain over the 650 new listings on the market last month in July 2018.


Pending sales, at 505, showed a 3.8% decrease from August 2017 (525) and a 7.5% decrease from July 2018 (546).


Inventory edged down to 1.7 months in August, with total market time increasing to 36 days.


Year to Date Summary


Comparing the first eight months of 2018 to 2017, closed sales (3,564) have increased 4.1% and pending sales (3,772) have increased 0.9%. New listings (4,762) have decreased 0.4%.


Average and Median Sale Prices


Comparing 2018 to 2017 through August of each year, the average sale price has increased 6.3% from $288,900 to $307,200. In the same comparison, the median sale price rose 7.9% from $259,900 to $280,500.

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This Month In Real Estate September 2018

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

Nationally, both home sales numbers and average sales prices have dipped slightly.  This has not caught up to the Eugene and Springfield area just yet, but I believe that it is on the horizon.  I am noticing that many homes in our area are not selling quickly at this time and also I am starting to see a good number of price reductions.  This is a strong indication that change is on the horizon.  I would guess that we will most likley be seeing a much softer sellers market over the next quarter.  

 

If you have been looking for a home in the Eugene and Springfield area and became frustrated during the frenzied strong sellers market of the last year, this might be your opportunity to jump back in and potentially have a much easier time finding a home to purchase.

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Pending Home Sales Continue To Decline For Seventh Month In A Row

by Galand Haas

Good Morning!

Nationally, pending home sales continue to decline for the seventh month in a row. As the video explains, this is primarily due to home affordability, low inventory and also to a lesser degree, rising mortgage interest rates. This trend could begin the shift to softer home prices down the road. View video HERE.

Have an awesome week!

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