Some clients get a bit frustrated that minimum monthly credit card payments are counted against them in their debt ratios, even if they pay off their credit card bills every month. First, the underwriter can’t assume that the client pays them off every month. Second, if you are spending about $3,000 every month on your credit cards, for example, and usually pay that amount off every month, and the minimum monthly payments are $150 a month, it seems pretty fair if you are spending $3,000 a month to only count $150 a month against you in your debt ratios.
Debt ratios are what banks use to qualify a mortgage borrower. Your debt ratio is what percentage of your gross income a bank will allow you to spend on a new mortgage combined with your existing debts. However, if you are self-employed they use net income.
The debts that a bank will count against you are car loans, student loans, credit card debt, the new mortgage you are qualifying for, and any other mortgage debt you may have. They do not count debts like auto insurance, utilities, cell phone bills, etc.
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