Debt to Income Ratio

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

About the qualifying ratio

Typically, conventional mortgages 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.

In these ratios, the first number is how much (by percent) of your gross monthly income that can go toward housing. This ratio is figured on your total payment, including hazard insurance, homeowners' dues, Private Mortgage Insurance - everything.

The second number is the maximum percentage of your gross monthly income that should be applied to housing expenses and recurring debt. Recurring debt includes car payments, child support and monthly credit card payments.

Some example data:

A 28/36 qualifying ratio

  • 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'd like to calculate pre-qualification numbers on your own income and expenses, we offer a Loan Qualification Calculator.

Just Guidelines

Remember these are just guidelines. We will be happy to go over pre-qualification to determine how much you can afford.

At Alternative Mortgage Group, we answer questions about qualifying all the time. Give us a call at 561-395-4264.


Alternative Mortgage Group

80 SW 14 Ave
Boca Raton, FL 33486