• Claudine Montano
  • 01/10/23

With all of the numerous terms and criteria, buying a property might be confusing. Pre-qualification and pre-approval are two milestones in the mortgage process. But what is the distinction between being pre-qualified and being pre-approved?

Prospective homeowners may consider being pre-qualified for a mortgage early in the process. It enables customers to assess their budget and learn about their mortgage possibilities.

Prospective homebuyers may consider receiving pre-approval when they are farther along in the home-buying process, ideally within three months of their new home's estimated purchase date. It enables customers to better grasp their financial situation and reduce their possibilities.



Getting pre-qualified for a mortgage is the first step in the process and is a more casual version of being pre-approved. In the pre-qualification process, an aspiring homeowner would provide a general overview of their finances to the lender. The lender would then review and assess the financial information and give an estimate of the mortgage amount the borrower could be eligible for.



Getting pre-approved for a mortgage is the next step in the process and is much more involved than being pre-qualified. Pre-qualification indicates a potential borrower's ability to obtain a mortgage, while pre-approval gives a more definitive picture. The aspiring homeowner completes an official mortgage application and supplies all necessary documentation to perform an extensive credit and financial background check.



  • A mortgage application and a credit check are required for pre-approval. It may also necessitate the payment of an application fee. These conditions do not apply to pre-qualification.
  • Pre-qualification usually takes one to three days, however pre-approval might take up to two weeks.
  • Pre-approval necessitates far more detailed evidence regarding funds, credit, debt, and job. Pre-qualification just necessitates general responses with no paperwork.
  • Pre-qualification gives you a ballpark figure for the amount of mortgage you can expect to be accepted for. Pre-approval gives you with a calculated estimate of your mortgage amount, as well as a written commitment from the lender.


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With more than a decade of experience, Claudine Montano possesses a strong business acumen of Toronto’s constantly evolving real estate market. Claudine Montano is a Broker of Record with RE/MAX Hallmark Montano Group Realty affiliated with RE/MAX Hallmark.

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