09-11-2011 04:34 PM
I have a car loan that has about 6 payments left on it. Would this be included in my DTI ratio for either FHA or USDA mortgages? I have found differing info on FHA loans and am unsure about USDA (Rural Development guaranteed, not direct)
09-11-2011 05:01 PM
Basic rule of thumb is if the payment is $100/mo or more it'll be included in the debt ratio no matter how many months are remaining - if it's less than $100/mo and has 10 or less months remaining then most lenders will exclude it from your debt ratio. But someone who isn't looking to qualify for a high payment, say a $600/mo payment, and that would already put their debt ratio at a higher level, then you may see an underwriter not feel comfortable excluding that payment since it'd represent a significant portion of your monthly payment each month.