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.

Understanding the qualifying ratio

Usually, 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.

For these ratios, the first number is the percentage of your gross monthly income that can be spent on housing. This ratio is figured on your total payment, including hazard insurance, homeowners' dues, Private Mortgage Insurance - everything that makes up the payment.

The second number is the maximum percentage of your gross monthly income that should be spent on housing costs and recurring debt together. Recurring debt includes vehicle loans, child support and monthly credit card payments.

Some example data:

A 28/36 qualifying ratio

  • 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, use this Mortgage Loan Pre-Qualifying Calculator.

Just Guidelines

Don't forget these are only guidelines. We'd be happy to go over pre-qualification to determine how much you can afford.

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