Ratio of Debt to Income

Lenders use a ratio called "debt to income" to decide your maximum monthly payment after your other monthly debts have been paid.

Understanding the qualifying ratio

Typically, 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.

The first number in a qualifying ratio is the maximum percentage of your gross monthly income that can go to housing costs (including mortgage principal and interest, private mortgage insurance, homeowner's insurance, property taxes, and HOA dues).

The second number in the ratio is the maximum percentage of your gross monthly income that should be applied to housing expenses and recurring debt. Recurring debt includes payments on credit cards, auto loans, child support, etcetera.

Some example data:

28/36 (Conventional)

  • Gross monthly income of $2,700 x .28 = $756 can be applied to housing
  • Gross monthly income of $2,700 x .36 = $972 can be applied to recurring debt plus housing expenses

With a 29/41 (FHA) qualifying ratio

  • Gross monthly income of $2,700 x .29 = $783 can be applied to housing
  • Gross monthly income of $2,700 x .41 = $1,107 can be applied to recurring debt plus housing expenses

If you want to run your own numbers, we offer a Mortgage Qualifying Calculator.

Just Guidelines

Remember these are only guidelines. We will be happy to help you pre-qualify to determine how much you can afford.

At Ward Kilduff Mortgage, we answer questions about qualifying all the time. Call us at (860) 658-7100.

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