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Getting Preapproved for a Mortgage

Let sellers know you're a serious buyer

A Wells Fargo PriorityBuyer® preapproval makes sellers sit up and take notice.
What's your home financing price range? Don't guess. Get Prequalified

Mortgage preapproval options

If you want to get preapproved for a mortgage, we offer 3 preapproval options — a free prequalification, a PriorityBuyer® preapproval, and a thorough credit check. There's no upfront charge for preapprovals and credit approvals.

Keep in mind that these are tools to help you while home shopping, not commitments to lend. For a final decision, we'll need to review your financial and property information after you complete the mortgage application.


Your free mortgage prequalification lets you know roughly how much you may be able to borrow to buy your new home, based on basic financial information you provide. No credit check, no charge, no commitment.


When you get preapproved for a home loan with a PriorityBuyer® preapproval, you'll get an estimate of a loan amount you may qualify for — and a home price range you may want to consider. We check your credit and conduct an initial automated credit review.

Sometimes preapprovals can change or get cancelled if they don't meet regulatory requirements. They're also not available for all loans. For details, talk to your home mortgage consultant.

Credit approval

Our highest standard of approval. This means we've checked your credit and you've been credit-approved for a specific amount. Also, an underwriter has reviewed your information and made an initial decision on your application.

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Video: Prequalification versus preapproval

Video — Prequalification versus preapproval

Find out more about these two ways of estimating what you may be able to borrow.

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