Debt to Income Ratio

Your debt to income ratio is a tool lenders use to calculate how much of your income is available for a monthly home loan payment after all your other recurring debt obligations are met.

Understanding your qualifying ratio

Usually, conventional loans need a qualifying ratio of 28/36. An FHA loan will usually allow for a higher debt load, reflected in a higher (29/41) qualifying ratio.

The first number in a qualifying ratio is the maximum percentage of gross monthly income that can be applied to housing (this includes principal and interest, PMI, hazard insurance, property tax, and homeowners' association dues).

The second number in the ratio is the maximum percentage of your gross monthly income that can be applied to housing expenses 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, feel free to use our very useful Mortgage Qualification Calculator.

Just Guidelines

Remember these ratios are only guidelines. We'd be happy to pre-qualify you to help you determine how large a mortgage you can afford.

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