Many people have high debt to income ratios and can still qualify for a mortgage loan. There are many options available out there for people who have a high debt to income ratio, also referred to as DTI. One solution to a high debt to income ratio is to work with a lender that allows for a high debt to income ratio. Typical good credit lenders allow for debt ratios around 40%, although many times an automated underwriting system may qualify borrowers with a much higher DTI too. Typical below average credit score lenders will allow a maximum debt to income ratio of 50%. Then there are even a few other lenders who will allow debt to income ratios up to 55%, and sometimes even 60% on rare occasions. Consult a mortgage broker today to find the right lender for your individual situation.
Paying off high payment credit card and car loan accounts as part of a debt consolidation or cash out refinance is a great way to qualify for a lower rate mortgage.
There are also no ratio loans that some lenders can provide.
There are also programs available for high credit score borrowers called No Doc loans. This is when a lender does not require income information from the borrower and will base the loan on the creditworthiness of the borrower.
If you are doing a mortgage refinance it may be possible to consolidate some of your other debts, such as credit cards, car loans, etc. into your new mortgage. By eliminating your other monthly debt payments, leaving you with just your new mortgage payment, you might find that this significantly lowers your debt to income ratio.
Even if you make more than enough money to comfortably pay for the mortgage you may find that you have to look at some of these other types of loans because the lender will not accept all of your income. Some examples would be a 2nd job, commission income, or bonuses that you have been receiving less than 2 years. Lenders may also not include rental income you receive if you rent out rooms in your home and do not have a signed lease, or proof of 12 months payments received.
If you fall into one of these categories you may need to look at a loan that allows a high debt to income ratio, even though your actual income may be more than sufficient to qualify.
Having a high debt to income ratio no longer means you are forced to accept the high rates and unfavorable terms of many subprime loans. If you have sufficient compensating factors, such as a perfect mortgage payment history and high credit scores, you may be able to qualify for a loan only slightly more expensive than someone with a low debt to income ratio. Be sure to ask your loan officer to submit your loan to various Automatic Underwriting programs prior to accepting a high rate subprime loan.
On higher debt-to-income ratio borrowers, a lender will sometimes require a certain amount of disposable income before approving this high debt ratio loan. Disposable income is calculated by taking the gross monthly income minus the monthly liabilities. If the borrower has a large amount of disposable income, say $3000 a month, then the lender is more likely to approve the loan.