Debt/Income Ratio

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


Understanding the qualifying ratio

In general, conventional mortgages require 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 your gross monthly income that can be applied to housing (this includes loan principal and interest, PMI, homeowner's insurance, property tax, and homeowners' association dues).

The second number in the ratio is the maximum percentage of your gross monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses and recurring debt. Recurring debt includes things like car loans, child support and monthly credit card payments.

Some example data:

28/36 (Conventional)

  • 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 want to calculate pre-qualification numbers on your own income and expenses, please use this Loan Qualifying Calculator.

Don't forget these ratios are just guidelines. We'd be thrilled to pre-qualify you to help you determine how large a mortgage loan you can afford. Accelerated Lending Group can walk you through the pitfalls of getting a mortgage. Call us: 661-489-LEND (5363). Want to get started? Apply Online Now.

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