# Debt to Income Ratio

Your ratio of debt to income is a formula lenders use to determine how much money can be used for your monthly home loan payment after you have met your other monthly debt payments.

### How to figure the qualifying ratio

In general, 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.

In these ratios, the first number is the percentage 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.

The second number is the maximum percentage of your gross monthly income that can be spent on housing costs and recurring debt together. For purposes of this ratio, debt includes credit card payments, vehicle loans, child support, etcetera.

### For example:

28/36 (Conventional)

• 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 run your own numbers, feel free to use our superb Mortgage Loan Pre-Qualifying Calculator.

### Just Guidelines

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