The (2015) limits for FHA debt-to-income ratios are 31% for housing-related debt, and 43% for total debt. But there are exceptions to these general rules. So don’t be discouraged if you’re slightly above those numbers..

With a conventional loan, this qualifying ratio allows only 28% toward housing and 36% towards housing and other debt.

You may qualify to exceed if you have: a large down payment a demonstrated ability to pay more toward your housing expenses substantial cash reserves net worth enough to repay the mortgage regardless of income evidence of acceptable credit history or limited credit use less-than-maximum mortgage terms funds provided by an organization a decrease in monthly housing expenses.