Ratio of Debt to Income

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

About your qualifying ratio

Typically, conventional loans require 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.

The first number is the percentage of your gross monthly income that can be spent on housing. This ratio is figured on your total payment, including hazard insurance, HOA dues, Private Mortgage Insurance - everything that makes up the full payment.

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

Some example data:

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 (FHA) 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

If you'd like to calculate pre-qualification numbers with your own financial data, we offer a Loan Qualification Calculator.

Don't forget these ratios are only guidelines. We'd be happy to go over pre-qualification to help you determine how much you can afford. At Primebank, we answer questions about qualifying all the time. Call us in Le Mars at 712-546-4175, in Sioux Center at 712-722-4545, or in Sioux City at 712-224-5400.