Welcome or Register
Back to Table of Contents

Getting a Legitimate Lender and Getting Pre-Approved

It used to be that buyers could go house shopping and when they have found their dream home, then they go to get pre-approved. However, in today’s market, that has proven to be one of the least effective methods in landing the dream home.

Most lenders can pre-qualify you for a mortgage over the phone. Based on general questions about your income, debt, assets, and credit history, lenders can estimate how much mortgage you qualify for. However, being pre-qualified and pre-approved are different things. Pre-approval means that you have applied for a mortgage; you have filled out the mortgage application, received your credit report, and verified your employment, assets, etc. When you are pre-approved, you know exactly what the maximum loan amount will be.

A pre-qualified letter is not verified and in essence, does not count for much if you are competing with other buyers who are pre-approved. When you are pre-approved, you and the seller know exactly how much house you can afford. It gives you credibility as an interested buyer and lets the seller know immediately that you will qualify for a loan to buy their property.

In addition to being pre-approved, it’s important to be pre-approved with a legitimate lender. Legitimate lenders include: banks, mortgage bankers, credit unions, savings and loan associations, mortgage brokers, and online lenders.

Some lenders to avoid: those who lose a form or misplace a file, those who gather information from you in an unorganized manner, those who are not informed about interest rates, points or costs, and those who cannot provide you with the right information.

Back to Table of Contents

Contact Lydia

We built new homes in Holley by the Sea in Navarre FL, Woodlawn Heights, Gulf Breeze, Hammersmith, Habersham, North Harbor, Pace, FL, Cottonwood, Adrian Woods, Milton, FL Nobles Plantation, Pace, FL. and more! for over 25 years we built quality new homes and have won numerous Parade Of Homes Awards! Mr. Gooden was chosen Builder of the Year!

It has been an amazing time in my life. We are no longer Building New Homes, but now Selling Real Estate and Listing and Selling Homes!
I am very proud to work with Mr. Gooden at Gooden Homes. I have been representing Gooden for over 13 years and now I am Reselling Gooden Homes as well as many other Real Estate Properties and other Builders New Homes as well. I have the best of both worlds. I would love to help you with any of your REAL ESTATE needs.

Whether Buying or Selling? I would really appreciate the opportunity.

Currently, there are 4 bedroom, 3 bath homes, over 3000 sq ft of living area with 3 car garages, and Large Covered Patios and many extra upgrades, and most are selling for around $336,900.  Maybe you would like to Buy Your New Home Today? 

We can actively participate and help to locate your perfect place to call HOME.....

I even have 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, 2 car garages beginning in the $280's.

I can help you in selling your current home. Would you like a Market Analysis?  It would be my pleasure to help you get your facts and figures together.

Call or Text me today: 850-572-3836 or

Email: lydiajoymcdonald@gmail.com     







* fields are required