Qualifying for a Home Loan:
Mortgage lenders are chiefly concerned with your ability to repay your mortgage. To determine if you qualify for a loan, they will consider your credit history, your monthly gross income and how much cash you'll be able to accumulate for a down payment, which generally runs anywhere from 5 percent to 20 percent of the purchase price of the home. The lenders generally evaluate your credit worthiness by obtaining a FICO score from one or more credit rating agencies.
So how much house can you afford? You can easily calculate the answer using two standard debt-to-income ratios:
There are calculators that are useful in determining how much home you can afford , whether a buyer can afford a house at a given price , which tells you the approx. amount that your monthly income needs to be to afford the house (when using this calculator, the amount given as "maximum debt service permitted" means other debt service, such as car payments, credit card payments, and other consumer installment payments; click on the "full details" box to get mortgage payments, monthly taxes, etc.) , or whether to buy now or continue to rent and save for a larger down payment
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