Ratio of Debt-to-Income
Your debt to income ratio is a tool lenders use to determine how much money can be used for your monthly mortgage payment after you meet your other monthly debt payments.
How to figure your qualifying ratio
Typically, conventional mortgages need a qualifying ratio of 28/36. FHA loans are a little less strict, requiring a 29/41 ratio.
In these ratios, the first number is how much (by percent) of your gross monthly income that can go toward housing costs. This ratio is figured on your total payment, including homeowners' insurance, HOA dues, PMI - everything that constitutes the payment.
The second number is what percent of your gross income every month that can be spent on housing costs and recurring debt. Recurring debt includes things like auto payments, child support and credit card payments.
With a 28/36 qualifying 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 run your own numbers, we offer a Mortgage Qualifying Calculator.
Don't forget these ratios are just guidelines. We will be thrilled to help you pre-qualify to help you figure out how large a mortgage loan you can afford.
Abbey Mortgage can walk you through the pitfalls of getting a mortgage. Give us a call: 3523694200.