If you’re like many people buying a condo or loft for sale in Downtown Los Angeles, you know that a lender will look at your debt-to-income ratio, or DTI.
But there’s a way to figure out your own DTI so you know exactly what your lender will be looking at.
How Can You Calculate Your Own DTI?
First, you need to know that most lenders want you to have a debt-to-income ratio of 36 percent or less. That’s the “gold standard” in lending. That means that 36 percent of your income (or less) goes toward your monthly obligations and the rest of your income is left over.
Lenders look at lower DTIs more favorably than they look at higher DTIs. It’s a measure of financial health, according to most lenders. They’ll feel more comfortable that you’ll be able to make your payments without defaulting if your DTI leaves “wiggle room” in your budget.
You can calculate your own DTI by adding up all your monthly debt, including:
- Your current mortgage payment
- Your minimum monthly credit card payments
- Other obligations you have to pay for monthly
Take that figure and divide it by your monthly gross income. That’s the money you make each month before taxes.
Let’s say you pay $1,000 per month in debt obligations, which includes your rent, car payment and credit card payments. If you make $4,000 per month before taxes, that makes your DTI 25 percent.
However, if you pay $2,000 per month in debt obligations and make $4,000, your DTI goes up to 50 percent.
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