Mortgage Pre-Approval Process in British Columbia

What is a mortgage preapproval?

When looking for a mortgage, you can contrast the possibilities provided by various lenders.

The procedure used by mortgage lenders may let you:

  1. know the largest mortgage you could get approved for, 
  2. calculate your monthly payments, and 
  3. lock in a rate for 60 to 130 days, depending on the lender.
The mortgage preapproval procedure can be broken down into many parts. It can also be referred to as mortgage preauthorization or prequalification. For each step they provide, various lenders have different definitions and requirements.

The lender examines your financial situation during this process to determine the much they can loan you and at what interest rate. They want your personal data, a number of documents, and they almost certainly conduct a credit check.

Where to get preapproval for a mortgage?

Mortgage lenders and mortgage brokers can preapprove you for a mortgage.

Mortgage Lenders

Mortgage lenders give you a direct loan of money.

There are various kinds of lenders who offer mortgages, including:

  1. banks
  2. caisses populaires
  3. credit unions
  4. mortgage companies
  5. insurance companies
  6. trust companies
  7. loan companies

For comparable items, several lenders may charge varying interest rates and terms. To be sure you're obtaining the greatest mortgage programme for your circumstances, speak with various lenders.

It's crucial to feel at ease with the lender and the mortgage options they provide you with right away. You can be required to pay a prepayment penalty if you change lenders after signing your mortgage contract. Make sure you are familiar with the conditions and terms of your mortgage deal.

Things to take into account during the pre-approval process

The most you can borrow is the amount of the preapproval. It doesn't ensure that you'll be approved for a mortgage in that range.

The value of the property and your down payment will determine the size of the accepted mortgage. To avoid stretching your budget too thin, you might also look at homes in lesser price ranges.
Keep in mind that you also require money for:

  • closing fees and 
  • moving expenses
  • recurring charges for upkeep
If a lender rejects your mortgage application, what to do?

Even if you've been preapproved, a lender may still reject your application for a mortgage.

A lender will confirm that the property you want complies with certain requirements before approving your loan. These requirements will change depending on the lender.

Each lender establishes their own lending standards and procedures. A lender can decline to give you a mortgage if your credit history is bad. There may be further factors. Ask your lender about your choices if you are unable to obtain a mortgage.

Other alternatives include:

  • approving you for a mortgage with a lower loan amount, 
  • charging you a higher interest rate, 
  • requesting a greater down payment, 
  • requesting a co-signer on the mortgage
When getting preapproved, ask your lender or broker these questions

When obtaining preapproval, make the following inquiries of your broker or lender:

  • whether you will automatically receive the lowest rate if interest rates decline while you are preapproved.
  •  how long they guarantee the preapproved rate.
  • If the date of the preapproval can be extended
Any topic you don't grasp, ask your lender or broker.