Getting Pre-Approved: How To Get A Loan In Athens

The decision to buy a new home has been made, and now you’re eager to get house-hunting. But before you start scouring the local listings and scheduling showings, you need to work out how to get a loan in Athens.

From pre-approval to closing, here’s what you need to know to get a loan in Athens:

CHECK YOUR CREDIT SCORES

Before you ever approach a lender, you need to get an idea of how your financial situation may position you in the eyes of the ones giving out mortgages.

Check your credit score (You can get a free credit report annually from each of the three major credit reporting groups – Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion) and see where you stand today. If you’ve got a credit score above 720, you’re in good shape to qualify for a variety of mortgages and decent interest rates.

Knowing your credit scores ahead of time helps you better prepare for the types of loans, amounts, and interest rates you can expect to be offered by lenders.

GATHER YOUR DOCUMENTS

Regardless of whether you’re going with a traditional bank, a credit union, or another mortgage lender, you’ll need to provide a great deal of financial information when applying for your loan.

Some key documents to make sure you have handy are:

  • Pay stubs

  • Tax returns

  • W-2 forms

  • Bank account statements

  • Other mortgage statements

  • Investment statements

  • Photo ID

  • Social Security number

All of this documentation will be provided to your lender during the pre-approval process and may need to be updated during the final mortgage approval process.

GET PRE-QUALIFIED

This is the first step in the mortgaging process. It doesn’t actually require strict proof of income, but it is a good starting point when searching for a home.

In the pre-qualification process, you will be interviewed by the lender about your income, assets, and expenses. Although pre-qualification is not an official process and doesn’t actually indicate that you will be approved for a loan when the time comes, it helps you get a better idea of how much loan you can afford when the time comes.

This information can direct you toward homes in your price range and narrow your search, leading to a faster and less frustrating process for you.

SECURE PRE-APPROVAL

The final step before you finally get a loan in Athens is pre-approval.

Pre-approval is not a mandatory part of the process, but it is one that can help put your mind and the sellers’ minds at ease.

In securing pre-approval, you will provide all that important documentation – proof of income, proof of assets, and identifying information – to the lender. The lender then pulls your credit report and uses all available information to make a determination on whether you qualify, how much of a loan you qualify for, and at what interest rate.

With this information in hand, you can more confidently put a solid offer down on that home you fell in love with, getting one step closer to move-in day.

GET COMMITMENT

Once you’ve gotten pre-approval and have an accepted offer on a home, your lender will assess the value of the property you intend to purchase.

With all this information in hand, the lender then issues official commitment to lend you a certain amount of money at a specific interest rate. This determination will come in one of four forms: Approved, Approved with Conditions, Suspended, or Denied. If you have pre-approval, the likelihood that you will receive a Suspended or Denied determination is much lower.

When you receive this approval, you’re well on the road to final closing day and your new home!

It can be stressful to get a loan in Athens, but with the help of our trusted, experienced agents, the process can be easier. Let us be your partners in finding your dream home! Contact us at 706-426-1082 today!
Georgui Kassaev

Georgui Kassaev was invited to this country in 1996 during the Atlanta Olympic games. The first place he came to call his home after leaving Russia and performing all over Mexico, was Athens. He became a professional mixed martial arts fighter, then coach, and eventually obtained two black belts in taekwondo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He formed a specialty carpentry and construction business which sparked his passion for real estate. He then rediscovered his first passion performing. After all, he has performed in the circus since he was eleven years old in front of thousands of people and then again when he was an adult as a professional fighter. In 2018 he landed his first 3 television roles. While acting, he continued developing his real estate skills, becoming a value-add investor in the Classic City and then getting his real estate license. He has now become a listing specialist in the Greater Athens Area, working with homeowners to protect their interests and get them the right price for their property! However, he never abandoned his construction roots and works with investor clients to help them buy properties based on their numbers with no aversion to making multiple offers. Georgui is fluent in three languages Russian, Spanish, and English. He is proficient in video production and social media marketing.

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