How much should I get pre-approved for a mortgage loan?

First time home buyer. Wondering how much I should ask for a pre-approved mortgage. If I asked higher amount, seller/developer will know that I can afford higher price, so they won't go down on their price. If I asked smaller amount, if I am interested in a property that is priced higher than my... show more First time home buyer.
Wondering how much I should ask for a pre-approved mortgage.
If I asked higher amount, seller/developer will know that I can afford higher price, so they won't go down on their price.
If I asked smaller amount, if I am interested in a property that is priced higher than my pre-approved, will they entertain my negotiation?
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