Pre-qualified means you've discussed your income and debt with a qualified loan specialist, and they've told you what it sounds like you can afford to spend for a home.
Pre-approved is much stronger than pre-qualified as to get pre-approval, you need to provide documentation to your loan specialist and usually pay a loan application fee. After review of all your paperwork, you loan specialist will usually provide a pre-approval letter for you to give to your REALTOR to put with any purchase agreement you decide to write for your dream home.
In a competing offer situation, this gives your offer more strength than an offer without a pre-approval letter.
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