Debt to Income Ratio
Lenders use a ratio called "debt to income" to decide your maximum monthly payment after your other recurring debts have been paid.
Understanding the qualifying ratio
Most underwriting for conventional mortgage loans needs a qualifying ratio of 28/36. An FHA loan will usually allow for a higher debt load, reflected in a higher (29/41) ratio.
The first number is the percentage of your gross monthly income that can go toward housing costs. This ratio is figured on your total payment, including homeowners' insurance, HOA dues, Private Mortgage Insurance - everything that constitutes the full payment.
The second number in the ratio is the maximum percentage of your gross monthly income that can be spent on housing expenses and recurring debt. Recurring debt includes vehicle loans, child support and credit card payments.
- Gross monthly income of $3,500 x .28 = $980 can be applied to housing
- Gross monthly income of $3,500 x .36 = $1,260 can be applied to recurring debt plus housing expenses
With a 29/41 (FHA) qualifying ratio
- Gross monthly income of $3,500 x .29 = $1,015 can be applied to housing
- Gross monthly income of $3,500 x .41 = $1,435 can be applied to recurring debt plus housing expenses
If you'd like to calculate pre-qualification numbers on your own income and expenses, use this Mortgage Qualification Calculator.
Don't forget these ratios are only guidelines. We will be happy to go over pre-qualification to determine how much you can afford.
At America's Money Source, we answer questions about qualifying all the time. Call us: 4078987559.