If you’re eyeing a home that is the stuff of your dreams – good location, best imaginable layout and finishes, and reasonably priced -- the odds would be in your favor if you get a pre-approved mortgage loan. The process doesn’t happen overnight of course, but with enough patience and cooperation, it won’t be a hassle to jump through the hoops.

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Be sure to know what a good credit score looks like, as well as how to prepare a gift letter.

Transactions between you and the lender will run smooth if you are attentive and cooperative. After all of the necessary documents are given, the automated underwriting system will give a pre-approval letter and will enumerate any conditions that need to be fulfilled for full approval.