Debt to Income Ratio
Your debt to income ratio is a formula lenders use to calculate how much of your income can be used for your monthly mortgage payment after you meet your other monthly debt payments.
How to figure your qualifying ratio
Usually, 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) qualifying ratio.
In these ratios, 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, HOA dues, Private Mortgage Insurance - everything that constitutes the full payment.
The second number is what percent of your gross income every month which can be applied to housing costs and recurring debt. Recurring debt includes car loans, child support and monthly credit card payments.
- 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, please use this Mortgage Pre-Qualifying Calculator.
Remember these ratios are just guidelines. We'd be thrilled to pre-qualify you to determine how much you can afford.
Taurus Mortgage Corporation can answer questions about these ratios and many others. Call us: (877) 682-8787. Want to get started? Apply Online Now