Pre-Approval FAQs

Pre-Approval FAQs

A mortgage pre approval is something that can be obtained from a traditional bank, credit union, or mortgage broker. These different options may offer similar, overall, products but with varying interest rates and conditions.For this reason, it is important that you consider not just the rate but also the conditions to ensure that you choose the best product for your specific situation.

While this process does not guarantee your approval it can give you the confidence when setting your budget and negotiating a purchase price. 


A preapproval is used to determine the maximum amount of a mortgage you could qualify for, estimate your mortgage payments at a given purchase price, and most importantly, lock in an interest rate for a set number of days. This can insulate you from increases in mortgage rates before you have an accepted offer on a home.


During the preapproval process, they will look at your finances to find the maximum amount you can access and at what interest rate. Before being pre approved, you will need to provide information to prove your income, your assets, and your level of debt. They may also run a credit check to ascertain your credit score. 

This information will take the form of:

  • identification

  • a proof of your current salary or hourly pay rate (for example, a recent pay stub

  • your position and length of time with the employer

  • notices of assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency for the past 2 years, if you’re self-employed

  • proof of the down payment and closing costs

  • information about your assets and investments

  • information about your debts or financial obligations

Proof of your down payment and closing costs will come in the form of financial statements from bank accounts and investments.


There are a number of questions to ask when going through the process to ensure that you are getting the best pre approval terms possible.

  • how long they guarantee the pre approved rate

  • if you will automatically get the lowest rate if interest rates go down while you’re pre approved

  • if the pre-approval can be extended

Going through the pre approval process is one of the key steps in starting your home search. Call your favourite Realty Executives agent to help you get started or to answer any questions you may have about this or any other real estate related topic. If you don’t have a favourite agent yet, call our main number and we will get you in touch with one.


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