Quick Lesson in Ratios for Home Buyers

These are the ratios that banks and mortgage lenders are concerned with when lending the money to sell a home.  When you’re looking for Ocean Isle Beach Real Estate be sure to do your home work.  Sloane Realty is here to assist you in your endeavor to purchase Ocean Isle Beach Real Estate.

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Front-end Ratio
The housing expense, or front-end ratio, shows how much of your gross (pretax) monthly income would go toward the mortgage payment. As a general guideline, your monthly mortgage payment, including principal, interest, real estate taxes and homeowners insurance, should not exceed 28 percent of your gross monthly income. To calculate your housing expense, multiply your annual salary by 0.28, then divide by 12 (months). The answer is your maximum housing expense.

Maximum housing expense = annual salary x 0.28 / 12 (months)

Back-end Ratio
The total debt-to-income, or back-end ratio, shows how much of your gross income would go toward all of your debt obligations, including mortgage, car loans, child support and alimony, credit card bills, student loans and condominium fees. In general, your total monthly debt obligation should not exceed 36 percent of your gross income. To calculate your debt-to-income ratio, multiply your annual salary by 0.36, then divide by 12 (months). The answer is your maximum allowable debt-to-income ratio.

Maximum allowable debt-to-income ratio = annual salary x 0.36 / 12 (months)

Buying Your First Home in Ocean Isle

Nothing can compare to the excitement of buying your first home. Owning a house is a classic aspect of the American dream that you do not think about until everything seems to be going right in your life.

Remember though, buying a home is no walk in the park. You might find several houses that you really like, but not quite the perfect one for you. If you do not really want a “fixer upper,” do not buy one. If you want something that has been well maintained and spacious just remember that it will cost more.
Most people end up compromising on the house they buy. It might not make sense to buy a brand new home if you cannot afford it or do not really need one. You might end up buying a home that was built a few decades ago if it is stable, well made, and within your price range.
Sloane Realty is the Ocean Isle Beach and surrounding area’s leading source for quality real estate. Whether you are looking to buy an existing home or a brand new home, you can find what you are looking for with Sloane Realty.