Ratio of Debt-to-Income
Lenders use a ratio called "debt to income" to decide your maximum monthly payment after your other monthly debts have been paid.
About your qualifying ratio
Usually, underwriting for conventional loans requires a qualifying ratio of 28/36. FHA loans are a little less strict, requiring a 29/41 ratio.
The first number is the percentage of your gross monthly income that can go toward housing. This ratio is figured on your total payment, including homeowners' insurance, homeowners' dues, Private Mortgage Insurance - everything.
The second number in the ratio is what percent of your gross income every month which can be applied to housing expenses and recurring debt. Recurring debt includes things like auto loans, child support and credit card payments.
- Gross monthly income of $2,700 x .28 = $756 can be applied to housing
- Gross monthly income of $2,700 x .36 = $972 can be applied to recurring debt plus housing expenses
With a 29/41 (FHA) qualifying ratio
- Gross monthly income of $2,700 x .29 = $783 can be applied to housing
- Gross monthly income of $2,700 x .41 = $1,107 can be applied to recurring debt plus housing expenses
If you want to calculate pre-qualification numbers with your own financial data, feel free to use our Mortgage Loan Pre-Qualifying Calculator.
Don't forget these ratios are only guidelines. We'd be thrilled to help you pre-qualify to determine how large a mortgage loan you can afford.
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