Home Mortgages: What is a Debt-to-Income Ratio?
Learn what a debt-to-income ratio is and how lenders use it when reviewing your mortgage application. Mortgage lenders use a debt-to-income ratio (DTI) along with other criteria, including assets and credit score, to determine whether you’re a good risk for the loan you’re asking for. This ratio compares your overall monthly debt to your gross monthly income.
Points, APRs, and Other Homebuyer Fees
WHAT ARE POINTS? Points are fees your lender charges, usually 1 or 2 percent of the total loan amount. It's important to factor in points when shopping for mortgages as a loan with a higher interest rate and no points could ultimately be cheaper than a lower interest rate with points. It’s also possible to negotiate that the seller pays points.