Ratio of Debt to Income
Lenders use a ratio called "debt to income" to decide your maximum monthly payment after your other monthly debts are paid.
Understanding your qualifying ratio
For the most part, conventional loans require 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 how much (by percent) of your gross monthly income that can be spent on housing costs. This ratio is figured on your total payment, including homeowners' insurance, homeowners' dues, Private Mortgage Insurance - everything that makes up the full payment.
The second number is the maximum percentage of your gross monthly income which can be spent on housing costs and recurring debt together. Recurring debt includes auto/boat payments, child support and monthly credit card payments.
- Gross monthly income of $8,000 x .28 = $2,240 can be applied to housing
- Gross monthly income of $8,000 x .36 = $2,280 can be applied to recurring debt plus housing expenses
With a 29/41 (FHA) qualifying ratio
- Gross monthly income of $8,000 x .29 = $2,320 can be applied to housing
- Gross monthly income of $8,000 x .41 = $3,280 can be applied to recurring debt plus housing expenses
If you want to run your own numbers, feel free to use our superb Loan Pre-Qualification Calculator.
Don't forget these ratios are just guidelines. We will be thrilled to help you pre-qualify to determine how much you can afford. At Allstar Brokers Network DBA InnoDuet, we answer questions about qualifying all the time. Call us: 800-998-6003. Ready to get started? Apply Online Now