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Debt to Income Ratio

Your debt to income ratio is simply a way of determining how much money is available for your monthly mortgage payment after all your other recurring debt obligations are met.

Debt limit

There is generally a debt limit associated with each type of loan, such as a 28/36 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.

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.

For Example:

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

Simply guidelines*

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.

Mortgage World Bankers, Inc.
(NMLS Company ID# 7116, www.mwbankers.com) in New York holds a Mortgage Banker License (# B500764) and Mortgage Banker Branch Licenses for Astoria, NY (NMLS ID 558838), (NMLS ID 1081208) and for Flushing, NY (NMLS ID 64452) Branch Offices approved by the New York Department of Financial Services, Phone(212)709-3500; in New Jersey holds a Residential Mortgage Lender License (#9947218) and a Residential Mortgage Lender Branch License for Englewood Cliffs, NJ Branch Office (NMLS ID 336925) approved by the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance, Phone: (609)292-7272; in Connecticut holds a Mortgage Lender License (# 12674) approved by the Connecticut Department of Banking, Phone: (860)240-8140; in Florida holds a Mortgage Lender License (# MLD638) approved by the Florida Office of Financial Regulation, Phone: (850)410-9895; and in Pennsylvania holds a Mortgage Lender License (# 29750) approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities, Phone: (717)787-2665.