Debt to income Ratio
Your debt to income ratio is a simple calculation of certain debts reported on your credit report, divided by your gross monthly income.
There is generally a debt limit associated with each type of loan, such as a 29/41 qualifying ratio for a conventional loan. These qualifying ratios are guidelines. An excellent credit history can help you qualify for a mortgage loan even if your debt load is over and above the limit. At Kalamazoo Mortgage Team, we have programs that meet the needs of your individual situation and the ability to think "outside of the box" to make sure we investigate all options to get you into the home of your dreams.
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’d be happy to pre-qualify you to determine how large a mortgage loan you can afford. We look forward to helping you buy your dream home.