# Ratio of Debt to Income

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

Usually, underwriting for conventional mortgage loans needs a qualifying ratio of 28/36. An FHA loan will usually allow for a higher debt load, reflected in a higher (29/41) ratio.

For these ratios, the first number is the percentage of your gross monthly income that can go toward housing costs. This ratio is figured on your total payment, including homeowners' insurance, HOA dues, Private Mortgage Insurance - everything.

The second number is the maximum percentage of your gross monthly income that should be applied to housing costs and recurring debt together. For purposes of this ratio, debt includes payments on credit cards, auto loans, child support, and the like.

### Some example data:

28/36 (Conventional)

• Gross monthly income of \$8,000 x .28 = \$2,240 can be applied to housing
• Gross monthly income of \$8,000 x .36 = \$2,280 can be applied to recurring debt plus housing expenses

With a 29/41 (FHA) qualifying ratio

• Gross monthly income of \$8,000 x .29 = \$2,320 can be applied to housing
• Gross monthly income of \$8,000 x .41 = \$3,280 can be applied to recurring debt plus housing expenses

If you'd like to run your own numbers, feel free to use our superb Mortgage Loan Qualifying Calculator.

### Guidelines Only

Don't forget these ratios are only guidelines. We'd be happy to go over pre-qualification to help you figure out how much you can afford.