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Last Updated: 19th February, 2024

Key Takeaways

Home loan pre-approval gives you a clear picture of what you can borrow, making you more confident during your home search. While it doesn’t guarantee final approval, it’s a crucial step in the loan process. Once you’ve chosen your dream home, you move on to final (unconditional) approval to secure the necessary funds for purchase.

What A Home Loan Pre-Approval?

A home loan pre-approval, is an agreement, in principle, by a lender to provide you with funds for purchasing a property. A pre-approval has not yet hasn’t proceeded to full or final approval. It’s only an indication from a lender that they are willing to approve your loan when you lodge a full application. The lender is under no obligation to approve your loan formally when you find a property. A pre-approval offers valuable insight into your borrowing capacity, providing an estimate of the maximum funds available for your property purchase.

Should You Get A Home Loan Pre-Approval?

By getting a home loan pre-approval, you get to know how much you can borrow so you save time and effort to house hunt for properties that fit your budget. Besides this, there are other benefits to getting pre-approved:
  • Sellers will view you as a strong buyer. The seller will be confident your offer is valid, as your financing is less likely to fall through. This makes your offer more competitive, especially when the seller has multiple offers.
  • Having a pre-approval speeds up the final stages of the application process, since it means most of your financial information will already be in the lender’s system by then.
However, a pre-approval does not guarantee that you will get final or unconditional approval for a home loan. You still need to go through the lending process to get approved. Get the help of Home Loan Experts in obtaining a pre-approval for a home loan. We care about helping you take the right step toward getting the property you want. Call us on 1300 889 743 or complete our free online assessment form today.

How To Get Pre-Approved For A Home Loan

The process of getting pre-approved will vary depending on whether you go straight to a lender or take the help of a mortgage broker. To apply for a pre-approval through a mortgage broker, like Home Loan Experts, you need to:
  • Complete and sign our short application form.
  • Provide evidence of your income, savings and debts, like credit cards and other loans, to the mortgage broker.
  • The broker will complete a preliminary assessment and recommend several suitable lenders and loans.
  • We’ll lodge your application with your chosen lender.
  • The lender will complete an assessment of your situation and accept or reject your application.
At Home Loan Experts, we can get you a reliable pre-approval, as we know which lenders actually assess the home loan application before you get a pre-approval from them. We will lodge a pre-approval application only in your best interests.

What Documents Are Required For Home Loan Pre-Approval?

The documents required for a home loan pre-approval are:
  • A valid, government-issued identification
  • Proof of income
  • Income statements
  • Assets and liabilities statements

How Long Does The Pre-Approval Process Take?

The time it takes to get pre-approved for a home loan can be from a few days to a couple weeks. The timeframe varies depending on factors like:
  • Complexity of the loan
  • Providing the right documents and any additional information required
  • Lender’s workload

How Long Do Pre-Approvals Last?

A pre-approval can last from three months to six months.

Conditional Approval vs Final Approval: What’s The Difference?

Unlike conditional approval, final or unconditional approval is given once all the banks’ loan conditions have been met. This is the final guarantee that you’ll receive finance for a property. A bank will decline a final approval only if they find a discrepancy that has been completely missed or they have reason to suspect something like fraud. Once you’ve won at auction or a private seller has accepted your offer, you may have a one- to three-week grace period to get your deposit and other finances in order. During this time, you can check with your lender to ensure they honour the agreement. Even if you don’t have this grace period, contact the bank and make sure they are still financing your loan. If you haven’t already done so, you can ask for your final approval at this time. For more information, please visit our page on conditional approval vs final approval.

What Are The Conditions Of Final Approval?

Pre-approvals have conditions that must be fulfilled before the loan becomes formally approved. The lender will assess all your paperwork and will decide to offer you a loan based on the chosen property, without any further conditions to satisfy. The lender will assess the following before you get an unconditional or final approval:
  • Financial documents (income, debts and liabilities)
  • Credit history
  • Valuation of property
  • Location of property
  • Ability to make repayments

What Should You Do Once You’ve Submitted Your Application?

Once you’ve submitted your home loan application, you should make sure it has adhered to bank policy. To do this, you can ask your mortgage broker or the lender:
  • Did the credit department accept my application?
  • Has the lenders mortgage insurer approved my application?
  • What are the conditions of approval?
  • Can I satisfy the conditions of approval?
  • Can I satisfy the conditions before I make an offer on a property or when going to auction?
  • Can I bid at auction in the knowledge my loan will be approved?
Please be aware that interest rates and lending policies are subject to change. If they do, even a formal pre-approval may no longer be vaild. Be sure of current rates and policies before going to auction, preferably the same day or as close to it as possible. The lenders will most likely not notify you of these details unless you ask. To find out more about this, see our page on bank policy and lender guidelines or contact us here at Home Loan Experts. You may enquire online for free or call and speak with one of our specialist brokers on 1300 889 743.

Common Reasons For Declining Final Approval

There are several reasons why your loan may be declined when you apply for formal approval.