Lenders use a ratio called "debt to income" to determine your maximum monthly payment after you've paid your other recurring debts.
How to figure your qualifying ratio
Usually, conventional mortgages require a qualifying ratio of 28/36. FHA loans are a little less strict, requiring a 29/41 ratio.
The first number in a qualifying ratio is the maximum amount (as a percentage) of your gross monthly income that can be applied to housing (including loan principal and interest, private mortgage insurance, homeowner's insurance, property tax, and HOA dues).
The second number is what percent of your gross income every month that can be applied to housing expenses and recurring debt together. Recurring debt includes car payments, child support and credit card payments.
A 28/36 ratio
- 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 want to calculate pre-qualification numbers on your own income and expenses, feel free to use our superb Mortgage Loan Pre-Qualifying Calculator.
Don't forget these ratios are only guidelines. We will be happy to go over pre-qualification to help you figure out how much you can afford.
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