Obtain the Best Rates & Lowest Closing Costs
When you are ready to purchase a home, it makes sense to negotiate from the strongest position possible. In a strong real estate market, sellers can be more selective in the final buyer they choose to negotiate with. In such a crazed seller's market, it's not uncommon for a home seller to receive multiple offers on their property. With that said, there are certain things you can do to make certain that your offer is the one Seller goes with.
The vast majority of Purchaser's today go about the process entirely wrong, putting themselves at an overwhelming disadvantage!
Let's look at this from the Seller's perspective for a moment. If you were the Seller and had multiple offers on your property, all things being equal, would you accept the one with Certificate of Financing Approval or the one that was still Conditional on Financing? The answer is obvious. Why then, do so many buyers wait to start the financing until after they have found the home?
In today's real estate market, when submitting an offer to purchase a residential property, we MUST submit the offer with your Mortgage Pre-Approval Letter, if Not the listing agent and seller will not even look at your offer.
Lastly, from a cost savings perspective...
As a prospective purchaser, it makes all the more sense to start the financing early on so you can get a firm handle on your interest rate and estimate of points and closing costs. If you do this before finding a home, your guns are loaded and you are not under any time constraints and are less likely to over pay a seller.