As a Loan Officer, one of my primary goals is to make sure that you get the home of your dreams, but in order to do so, you need to be prepared to make an offer when you find that perfect home. We can't do this unless you get pre-approved first. Any realtor will tell you this, so make sure that you consult with a qualified Loan Officer before you start looking. I'd hate for you to miss out on a great home because of something that we can prepare you in advance for.
Happy house hunting!