Debt Ratios for Home Lending

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Lenders use a ratio called "debt to income" to decide the most you can pay monthly after you have paid your other recurring loans.

About your qualifying ratio

Most underwriting for conventional mortgage loans needs 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 gross monthly income that can be applied to housing (including loan principal and interest, private mortgage insurance, homeowner's insurance, property tax, and homeowners' association dues).

The second number is what percent of your gross income every month which can be applied to housing costs and recurring debt together. Recurring debt includes credit card payments, car loans, child support, and the like.

For example:

A 28/36 ratio

  • Gross monthly income of $6,500 x .28 = $1,820 can be applied to housing
  • Gross monthly income of $6,500 x .36 = $2,340 can be applied to recurring debt plus housing expenses

With a 29/41 (FHA) qualifying ratio

  • Gross monthly income of $6,500 x .29 = $1,885 can be applied to housing
  • Gross monthly income of $6,500 x .41 = $2,665 can be applied to recurring debt plus housing expenses

If you'd like to run your own numbers, feel free to use our Loan Qualification Calculator.

Remember these are only guidelines. We will be happy to help you pre-qualify to help you determine how large a mortgage you can afford. At Eagle Platinum Mortgage, we answer questions about qualifying all the time. Give us a call at (888) 496-8704.

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