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What's the Difference Between Pre-Approval vs Pre-Qualification?

What's the Difference Between Pre-Approval vs Pre-Qualification?

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If you are one of the 75% of Canadians who search online for a mortgage, you may have heard of pre-approvals and pre-qualifications. But what do these mean? Here is our best attempt at demystifying them for you. 🤯

The Mindset 

Pre-Approval 

I am ready to move forward with the purchase of my house

You are seriously thinking about buying and you want to look credible to the seller.

Pre-Qualification

I’m beginning the buying process

You’re starting to get interested in buying a property and you want to get a rough idea of how much you can afford (in a short time frame).

Evaluate how much I can borrow

Pre-Approval 

Specific Amount

It relies on the same proof and documents required for the final application.

Pre-Qualification 

Approximate Amount

It relies on the (unverified) information you have provided to us.

Effort required

Pre-Approval 

Medium

You will need to answer several questions. You will also have a list of documents to provide us. The good news? These are the exact documents that will be required during the final application, why not start now?

Pre-Qualification 

Low

You can complete the entire process online in less than 5 minutes (start here).  

Impacts on Credit Score

Pre-Approval 

Yes

We conduct a credit check by searching for your full credit file with Equifax. 

Pre-Qualification 

No

Most brokers will not consider credit. nesto does a soft pull with TransUnion that does not affect your credit score 🙂.

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Risk of Error

Pre-Approval 

Very low

Since your information is validated by your documents, the risk of error is low. Curious? Here’s 8 things to avoid when buying a house. 

Pre-Qualification 

Moderate

Since the pre-qualification does not rely on client-provided documents, there is always a risk that the loan amount may be inaccurate or the client may not qualify under the lender’s rules. (For example, we discover later on that you are under-probation at your new job).

Does it mean I have to work with nesto?

No. We believe that all of our clients deserve the best rates, and should have the opportunity to compare offers from different brokers / lenders.

That’s why we do not sign an exclusive contract with our customers. We’re 100% free, no commitment, cost or obligation. 🌈


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