When thinking about buying a home, some of the big questions are: How much can I afford? Can I afford the home I'm interested in? What will my mortgage payments be if I buy this home? This Mortgage Qualifying Calculator can give you the answers to all three.

What does the Mortgage Qualifying Calculator do?

This Mortgage Qualifying Calculator takes all the key information for a you're considering and lets you determine any of three things: 1) How much income you need to qualify for the mortgage, or 2) How much you can borrow, or 3) what your total monthly payment will be for the loan.

To do this, the calculator takes into account your mortgage rate, down payment, length of the loan, closing costs, property taxes, homeowners' insurance, points you want to pay and more. Or, if you don't want to go into that much detail, you can omit some of those to get a ballpark figure  for the loan you're considering.

You can also enter information about your current debts, like your car payments, credit cards and other loans to figure out how those affect what you can afford.  This Mortgage Qualifying Calculator also gives you a breakdown of what your monthly mortgage payments will be, shows how much you'll pay in mortgage interest each month and over the life of the loan, and helps you figure how you might allocate your upfront cash on hand toward closing costs.  

On top of that, it also lets you easily adjust any of the figures by using a sliding scale, making it simple to see how changing one or more affects the result, so you can identify where how reducing one thing or increasing another affects the final result.

This Mortgage Qualifying Caculator also summarizes all your information in a detailed report, including an amortization table, for easy reference.

Who is this Calculator for?

This calculator is most useful if you:

  • Are a new potential homeowner needing to know your budget constraints
  • Have decided on a new home but want to ensure you can afford it
  • Are looking to plan and budget for the future

Once you're entered your information and obtained your results, you can use the Get FREE Quote box at right to request personalized rate quotes tailored to you from mortgage lenders.  This will give you a better idea of what interest rate to expect and help gage your ability to qualify for a mortgage.

Using the Mortgage Qualifying Calculator

The Mortgage Qualifying Calculator is designed to be easy to use and largely self-explanatory.  Just fill in the various fields with the information requested.  Start by choosing if you want to base the calculation on your annual income, the purchase price of the home you're looking at or the monthly payment you can afford.   Then work down the page entering your other information and the calculator will figure out the other two values for you and display them in gray.

For example:

  • Enter your annual income and the Mortgage Qualifying Calculator will determine the maximum purchase price you can afford and the associated monthly payment.
  • Enter the purchase price and the calculator will tell you the income you need and the monthly payment required. Or,
  • Enter the monthly payment you're thinking of and the Mortgage Qualifying Calculator will tell you the income needed to qualify and the home purchase price that will cover.

Then go down the rest of the page entering the information requested.  Your answers will be displayed in gray at the top of the page. Click "View report" for a detailed breakdown and an amortization report.

Step-by-step guide

Still have questions? Here's a step-by-step guide to lead you through the it.

  1. Choose whether you want to calculate based on your annual income, or if you know your ideal price or monthly payment you can search by those instead.
  2. Choose the loan term; that is, how many years you'd like to have to repay the mortgage. Remember that shorter loans mean paying less in interest over the life of the loan, and usually a lower mortgage rate as well. But your monthly payments will be higher than on a longer loan.
  3. Add in the remaining details such as the interest rate you expect to get, property tax payments and homeowners's insurance premiums. If you don’t know any of these, leave the default values as these are based upon market averages.
  4. Select the relevant button to get a breakdown of your costs either annually or monthly. This will be reflecting in your amortization table when you view your report.
  5. Continue for your down payment and closing costs. Not that the Mortgage Qualifying Calculator will assume that all of your cash on hand not going toward closing costs will be used for your down payment, unless you check the box to limit your down payment to no more than 20 percent of the purchase price.
  6. Enter your monthly payments for any auto loans, credit cards and other loan payments.
  7. Click the green Calculate button to jump back to the top of the tool, which will now be displaying the estimated value of the home you are able to purchase. Click View Report for a simple graph and explanation of how the calculator came to this conclusion.
  8. Whatever result you get, click Get FREE Quote to explore your options further.

I'm not sure what my interest rate will be, what should I do?

Fortunately, you don't have to have a specific mortgage rate in mind to use the Mortgage Qualifying Calculator. You can choose an approximate rate, enter the rest of your information, then use the sliding tool to see how a higher or lower rate will affect your results. That includes changing your amortization table and the interest paid over the life of the loan.  You can adjust other values as well to see what effect a different figure there would have.

I don't know what to enter for property taxes or homeowners' insurance.

You can leave these and most other boxes blank if you don't know what those costs might be, and the Mortgage Qualifying Calculator will generate an answer without them. The same for the inputs under Down Payment and Closing Costs, and Total Monthly Debt Payments. But your results will be more accurate and useful if you can provide these figures.

The Mortgage Qualifying Calculator says I can’t afford my dream home, what can I do?

It can be disappointing to learn that the home you have set your heart on is out of financial reach, but don’t give up hope! It may be that you can reach your goal by adjusting some of your other constraints. Perhaps you can save for a little longer in order to amass a larger down payment, or wait until your credit card and loans are paid off.

These small but significant changes could make all the difference and enable you to get the mortgage you require. If the down payment is causing you an issue, you might consider an FHA loan, which offers competitive rates while requiring only 3.5 percent down, even for borrowers with imperfect credit.

My result shows I can afford my new home, what should I do next?

First of all, congratulations! You are now one step closer to owning the home you desire. The next step is to reach out to our team of top-notch mortgage lenders and get started on securing yourself the perfect deal.

Click Get FREE Quote, answer a few simple questions about yourself and the loan you are seeking to obtain personalized rate quotes from lenders doing business in your area. This service is totally FREE of charge and makes it easy to comparison shop for your best deal on a home loan. Take your next step today - it couldn’t be simpler!

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