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

Most underwriting for conventional loans requires a qualifying ratio of 28/36. FHA loans are a little less restrictive, requiring a 29/41 ratio.

The first number is how much (by percent) of your gross monthly income that can be spent on housing. This ratio is figured on your total payment, including hazard insurance, homeowners' dues, PMI - everything.

The second number is what percent of your gross income every month that can be spent on housing costs and recurring debt together. Recurring debt includes vehicle loans, child support and monthly credit card payments.

For example:

With 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'd like to calculate pre-qualification numbers on your own income and expenses, please use this Loan Qualification Calculator.

Guidelines Only

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

At Americn Hero Mortgage, we answer questions about qualifying all the time. Call us: 754-202-4376.

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