Debt to Income Ratio

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

Understanding your qualifying ratio

In general, conventional mortgage 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 general, conventional mortgage 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. Asset Alliance Mortgage has loan programs that allow ratios up to 50%!

The first number is the percentage of your gross monthly income that can be spent on housing. This ratio is figured on your total payment, including hazard insurance, homeowners' dues, Private Mortgage Insurance - everything that constitutes the payment.

The second number is the maximum percentage of your gross monthly income that can be spent on housing expenses and recurring debt. Recurring debt includes car loans, child support and credit card payments.

Some example data:

A 28/36 qualifying ratio

  • Gross monthly income of $8,000 x .28 = $2,240 can be applied to housing
  • Gross monthly income of $8,000 x .36 = $2,280 can be applied to recurring debt plus housing expenses

With a 29/41 (FHA) qualifying ratio

  • Gross monthly income of $8,000 x .29 = $2,320 can be applied to housing
  • Gross monthly income of $8,000 x .41 = $3,280 can be applied to recurring debt plus housing expenses

 

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

Remember these are just guidelines. We will be happy to go over pre-qualification to determine how much you can afford. Asset Alliance Mortgage can walk you through the pitfalls of getting a mortgage. Give us a call: (760) 632-7701.

 

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