How to Gain Preapproval

by Barb Perruccio & Britt Glassburn 12/01/2019

Thinking of buying a home in the near future? You're going to need a preapproval. This tells real estate agents that you're serious about the home-buying process, and it alerts sellers that you're a solid, low-risk candidate. Preapprovals aren't always easy to score, however. And if you're someone who's had a few credit issues in the past, you may need to improve your credit score before your dream of home-ownership becomes reality. 

Here's a checklist of best practices for prepping your credit to gain a preapproval:

Check Your Credit Reports

Before you ever approach a lender for a home loan preapproval, make sure you know what's on your credit reports. You're entitled to one free credit report each year from each of the three different reporting agencies:

Order credit reports for yourself and for anyone who will be a co-applicant on your home loan, and then scour your reports for inaccuracies. 

File Immediate Disputes Over Inaccuracies

Any discrepancies you find should be reported immediately. It's an easy process of reporting the issue to the credit bureau and waiting while they go back to the creditor to verify what you've claimed. In most instances, the inaccuracy will be removed within a week or two, though you may have to produce receipts as proof of payment. 

Contact Creditors to Offer Settlements

Make a list of old, unpaid debts that are valid and set aside the funds to pay them off, one by one. If you have cash-in-hand, call creditors and ask them to settle for a portion of the balance in cash. Some may be willing to work with you, others may not. But it never hurts to ask. 

Pay Current Bills On Time

Stay current on existing accounts. Make sure everything is paid on time, from credit cards to car payments, to ensure you don't lose points on your overall score while you're working toward credit restoration. 

Pay Down Your Debt-to-Income Ratio

Your debt-to-income ratio is an indicator of how responsibly you use your credit. The lower your ratio, the easier it will be to obtain a preapproval. Pay down big balances. The more credit you're able to free up, the more attractive you'll look to potential lenders. Prepping your credit to gain a preapproval is surprisingly easy, but it requires the funds necessary to pay off outstanding debts and to pay down current balances. 

Start early if you suspect there are items on your credit report that require fixing, and be patient as things circle back around. Credit repair is not an overnight fix, but with steady progress, it won't be long until you have a preapproval for your new dream home.

About the Author
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Barb Perruccio & Britt Glassburn

BARB PERRUCCIO / MANAGING BROKER

I have been a Wash Park resident and investor for 20 years and a dedicated real estate professional for the past 14 years. I have a degree from Arizona State University from the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Graphic Communications in Printing Technologies. I worked in Sales in the Advertising and Marketing industry in Manhattan for 12 years, San Francisco for 2 years and chose to settle in Denver to raise a family. I now have 3 beautiful children and enjoy living and working in Wash Park!

As a Realtor in Colorado, I have leveraged my sales and Sr. Management skills to ensure each and every transaction runs smoothly. As a Certified Negotiation Expert (TM) in real estate and with over 33 years of sales and marketing experience, I am a strong negotiator and will negotiate diligently on your behalf.

Whether you are planning to buy, sell, build or invest in real estate, I have the knowledge to guide you through the process smoothly and take great care in providing the best and most professional service!  My goal is to build strong relationships in our community one person at a time.

BRITT GLASSBURN / BROKER ASSOCIATE

I have lived in the Denver Metro Area on and off since 1977 and have been investing in the Denver Home Market since 1993. This included doing fix and flips and owning rental properties. I have a degree from the University of Colorado in International Affairs. I have worked extensively in the Sales, Account and Project Management industry and enjoy helping people through the real estate transaction process. In 2014 I decided to obtain my real estate license and work as a full time broker associate. I am a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist and Certified Residential Specialist. My goal is to assist you throughout the home selling and buying process as I have the necessary knowledge to provide you with the necessary information when purchasing a home! We are here to make the transaction as smooth as possible!