Ratio of Debt to Income

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

How to figure your qualifying ratio

Usually, 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) 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 loan principal and interest, private mortgage insurance, homeowner's insurance, taxes, and homeowners' association dues).

The second number in the ratio is what percent of your gross income every month that should be applied to housing costs and recurring debt together. Recurring debt includes things like vehicle payments, child support and credit card payments.

Some example data:

A 28/36 qualifying ratio

  • Gross monthly income of $4,500 x .28 = $1,260 can be applied to housing
  • Gross monthly income of $4,500 x .36 = $1,620 can be applied to recurring debt plus housing expenses

With a 29/41 (FHA) qualifying ratio

  • Gross monthly income of $4,500 x .29 = $1,305 can be applied to housing
  • Gross monthly income of $4,500 x .41 = $1,845 can be applied to recurring debt plus housing expenses

If you'd like to run your own numbers, please use this Mortgage Loan Pre-Qualifying Calculator.

Just Guidelines

Don't forget these are just guidelines. We'd be happy to go over pre-qualification to help you determine how much you can afford.

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