Lenders use a ratio called "debt to income" to decide the most you can pay monthly after your other recurring debts are paid.
How to figure the qualifying ratio
Typically, conventional mortgages require a qualifying ratio of 28/36. FHA loans are 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 go to housing (including mortgage principal and interest, private mortgage insurance, hazard insurance, property tax, and homeowners' association dues).
The second number is the maximum percentage of your gross monthly income that can be spent on housing expenses and recurring debt together. Recurring debt includes auto loans, child support and credit card payments.
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 superb Mortgage Qualification Calculator.
Remember these are only guidelines. We'd be thrilled to go over pre-qualification to help you figure out how much you can afford.
Statewide Funding can answer questions about these ratios and many others. Give us a call: (415) 456-7802.