Debt Ratios for Home Financing

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

About your qualifying ratio

In general, conventional loans need 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.

For these ratios, the first number is the percentage of your gross monthly income that can be spent on housing costs. This ratio is figured on your total payment, including hazard insurance, homeowners' dues, PMI - everything.

The second number is what percent of your gross income every month which can be spent on housing expenses and recurring debt together. For purposes of this ratio, debt includes payments on credit cards, auto/boat loans, child support, and the like.

Some example data:

With a 28/36 qualifying 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 calculate pre-qualification numbers on your own income and expenses, use this Loan Qualifying Calculator.

Just Guidelines

Don't forget these are only guidelines. We'd be thrilled to pre-qualify you to determine how large a mortgage you can afford.

At Custom Lending Group, we answer questions about qualifying all the time. Give us a call at (707) 252-2700.

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