The first step towards obtaining a pre-approved loan is finding a lending agency you can trust. It might be one that you know, one that an acquaintance works for, or one that has been reliably referred to you. While any lenders would conduct an extensive credit check, you must find one that is not only willing to lend to you but also has a good reputation on the market. Experts suggest checking on the rate of interest that will be charged on your home loan. The best agencies will come up with competitive rates and also offer helpful customer service. In these cases, the loan officer will actively help you out to get the pre-approval, and discuss the type of settlement you would be eligible for given your salary, investments, tax returns, debts, credit score, etc.