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.
The Low Down on Down Payments
DETERMINE YOUR DOWN PAYMENT - Don't make the mistake of looking at all your assets and concluding that’s how much you have for your down payment. First, set aside 2 to 5 percent of the purchase price for closing costs. Then, set aside an additional $5,000 to $10,000 (depending on where you live) for relocation expenses, moving costs, furniture and short-term improvements, and unforeseen costs.