How Do Mortgage Lenders Decide How Much You Can Borrow?

When you visit your lender to get a mortgage for your home, they will tell you the maximum amount that you are allowed to borrow. But how do they reach this total and what factors do they take into consideration?

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How do they determine that one borrower can take on a bigger mortgage than the next? This decision is made by mortgage companies by considering a wide range of factors, including your credit information, your salary and much more.

Here Are Some Of The Common Ways That Lenders Determine How Much You Can Borrow:

1. Percentage Of Gross Monthly Income

Many lenders follow the rule that your monthly mortgage payment should never exceed 28% of your gross monthly income.

This will ensure that you are not stretched too far with your mortgage payments and you will be more likely to be able to pay them off. Remember, your gross monthly income is the total amount of money that you have been paid, before deductions from social security, taxes, savings plans, child support, etc.

2. Debt To Income Ratio

Another formula that mortgage lenders use is the “Debt to Income” ratio, which refers to the percentage of your gross monthly income that is taken up by debts. This takes into account any other debts, such as credit cards and loans. Many lenders say that the total of your debts shouldn’t exceed 36% of your gross monthly income.

The lender will look at all of the different types of debt you have and how well you have paid your bills over the years. By using one of these two formulas, your mortgage lender calculates the size of a mortgage that you can afford.

Of course, there are many other factors that need to be considered, such as the term length of the loan, the size of your down payment and the interest rate.

Remember that when factoring in your income, you usually have to have a stable job for at least two years in a row to be able to count your income. If you want to increase your chances, you could consider paying down your debts or buying with a co-borrower, which will improve your debt to income ratio.

For more info about mortgages and your home, contact your mortgage professional.

Written by Dennis Frank – Kent Real Estate Agent – Call Now @ 253-561-1763

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Dennis Frank

At age 25, I became interested in real estate and began investing in housing! I quickly realized the many advantages of home ownership and bought my first house in Kent, WA. Since then, I developed a love and passion for real estate as a investor, landlord, and real estate agent! Now with over 15 years experience, I am committed to providing excellent customer service, with a strong work ethic, while conducting myself in an honest and professional manner. I am continually updating and increasing my real estate knowledge and skills through ongoing training and education. I have built long standing relationships with many of my customers and I will work hard to exceed your expectations! My goal is provide the best customer service in the business! I would love to represent you and look forward to working with you on your next real estate transaction!

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