Debt to Income Ratio Matters in Home Loans

debt to income ration & the Conventional 97 loanIf you’ve been following my blog, you know that I’ve been spending some time explaining particular home loans over the past couple of weeks. One that I’ve focused on is the Conventional 97, because it’s a great opportunity for first time home buyers and may not be around much longer.  The Conventional 97 loan shares similar aspects to other home loans, in that it does revolve  around a maximum debt to income ratio. Those using all of their own money for the down payment cannot exceed a ratio of 45%. Applicants accepting a gift as part of their down payment cannot surpass 41%.

The debt to income ratio is calculated by dividing your total amount of monthly debts into your total monthly income. Approval time for the Conventional 97 loan should be no longer than any other loan, but does vary by lender. This program is not like those created to boost the housing market and currently does not expire, but as we have seen over the last few weeks, change is occurring throughout the mortgage industry.

Not all lenders offer the Conventional 97 loan, but we do, so give me a call if you’d like to know more information. If you are a first time borrower, this is likely going to be your best option for a low down home loan. If you already own a home and would like to refinance or learn more about the process of finding the right mortgage, I’d love to share what I know or click here to read more in this series.

Home Loan Makes Small Down Payment Possible

Small Down Payment with Conventional 97 LoanA small down payment is possible with the Conventional 97 loan. The loan application requirements for those looking to get into a home with only a small down payment are really the same as any other home loan. The Conventional 97 program requires the basic items such as pay-stubs, W-2s, tax returns, and bank statements. There is no home buyer counseling required. Please also keep in mind that this option is only good for fixed rate mortgages, but feel free to choose from a 15 or 30 year loan duration for your small down payment loan.

There is also a credit score requirement. Applicants must have a credit score of 680 or better to be eligible for this program. If borrowers will be using a gift for any part of their down payment, then a credit score of 740 is required. The only exception is if the gift is helping with closing costs and the buyers are bringing 3% of their own money for the down payment, then a credit score of 680 is needed. Gifts may only come from relatives. Examples of such relatives are parents, children or other blood relatives, adopted members of the family, a fiancée, or domestic partner. Between your funds and perhaps a little help from a family member, obtaining a home loan with a small down payment can make your dreams of home ownership a reality.

Read more in the first part of this series, by clicking here.