Can I get more than one mortgage pre-approval?

I'm just starting the home-buying process. Can/should I get multiple pre-approvals from different banks to see who would offer me the "best deal", or do I have to pick one and stick with it. It seems that they can only talk in general terms (which is understandable) until you start the actual loan process,... show more I'm just starting the home-buying process. Can/should I get multiple pre-approvals from different banks to see who would offer me the "best deal", or do I have to pick one and stick with it. It seems that they can only talk in general terms (which is understandable) until you start the actual loan process, running a credit score check, etc. However, I know that you don't want to check your score too many times in one time period because that will lower your score. So...how do actually know how to choose the mortgage person/bank to go with? I really appreciate any insights or advice...thanks! :-)
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