Your debt to income ratio is simply a way of determining how much money is available for your monthly mortgage payment after all your other recurring debt obligations are met.
There is generally a debt limit associated with each type of loan, such as a 28/36 qualifying ratio. These qualifying ratios are merely ‘guidelines’ to work off of. An excellent credit history can help you qualify for a mortgage loan even if your debt load is over and above the limit.
Understanding the qualifying ratio
Typically conventional loans have a qualifying ratio of 28/36. Usually an FHA loan will allow for a higher debt load, reflected in a higher (29/41) qualifying ratio.
The first number in a qualifying ratio is the maximum percentage of your gross monthly income that can be applied to housing (including loan principal and interest, private mortgage insurance, hazard insurance, property taxes and homeowner’s association dues).
The second number is the maximum percentage of your gross monthly income that can be applied to housing expenses and recurring debt. Recurring debt includes things like car loans, child support and monthly 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 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
Remember these are just guidelines. We would be happy to refer you to one of our preferred lenders so that you may determine how much of a mortgage loan you can afford.