If you’re in the market for a new home, there are a few key steps you’ll need to take early on. You’ll need to consider the type of home and neighborhood you want to move to, and find a great real estate agent to help you search. One of the most important steps of all? Getting pre-approved for a mortgage. Here’s why getting a lender’s pre-approval is a big deal when shopping for a new home, and what you should know before you begin.