Timeline of Events
Steps to Owning a Glen Carbon, IL Home with a VA Loan
STEP 1: Pre-Qualify
It’s important to pre-qualify because it helps you know how much of a home you can afford. This is a step that no borrower should skip. It can help you narrow down your search for a home by eliminating the homes you can’t afford, saving you both time and money. Our Glen Carbon, Illinois VA mortgage team can help you prequalify. We will ask you questions about your credit history and income and can even run a quick credit check (with your permission). We will also help you get together the documents that show that you qualify for a VA loan in Glen Carbon, IL. Pre-qualifying doesn’t guarantee approval, but it gives you a good idea of what you can borrow if you are approved. It can also help you identify potential problems with your application and reduce unpleasant surprises.
STEP 2: GET PREAPPROVED
A pre-approval is like pre-qualification, but it takes the process a step further. Pre-approval verifies certain things about your finances. Pay stubs, employment history, tax returns, proof of real estate holdings, and bank and investment statements will be required for this step of the loan process.
- Bank/investment statements
- Employment history
- Pay stubs
- Proof of real estate holdings
- Tax returns/W2s
Once all your documentation has been verified, you will receive a pre-approval letter. It will show that you’ve started the process of applying for a Glen Carbon VA loan and will tell how much of a loan you can afford.
STEP 3: FIND A HOME AND MAKE AN OFFER
At this point, it’s time to begin your search for a Glen Carbon home. You should work with a realtor to find a property that’s right for you and within your price range. Once you find the home that’s right for you, you’re ready to make an offer and work on negotiating a contract with the seller. It is essential that your real estate agent is familiar with VA loans in Glen Carbon, IL and can help you with the contract so that it works to your advantage. Once you’re under contract for a home, your loan officer will order an appraisal for the property. The VA assigns an appraiser to complete the job. Homes have to be move-in ready (with any problems fixed) before the loan closes. The VA has strict guidelines about the condition of homes purchased with a VA loan in Glen Carbon, IL.
STEP 4: UNDERWRITING AND CLOSING At this point, the loan underwriter will verify your financial information and make sure that all the paperwork meets the VA’s guidelines for its loans. Once the loan is approved, you’ll set a closing date to sign the necessary paperwork and move in to your new Glen Carbon home.
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Glen Carbon is a village in Madison County, Illinois, United States, 19 miles (31 km) northeast of St. Louis. The population was 12,934 at the 2010 census.
In 1801, Colonel Samuel Judy received a military grant for 100 acres (0.40 km2) of land near the base of the bluffs, just north of Judy Creek, and became one of the first permanent settlers of Madison County. The land was called Goshen Settlement, after the biblical land of Goshen. It was renamed Glen Carbon to reflect its coal mining heritage. Glen Carbon was incorporated as a village in 1892. It operated many coal mines until the last one shut down in 1934. Another industry was the St. Louis brick company, which burned down in the 1930s; then, right after being rebuilt, it burned down and was never rebuilt again.