What Determines if You Qualify for a Mortgage?

Would you like to purchase a home this year?

Not sure what it takes these days to qualify for a mortgage?

The housing market is coming back especially in the Metro Detroit area. It is now a prime time to purchase a home in Southwest Michigan. If you are interested in purchasing a home in the near future, you will want to be aware of the stricter rules that are being put in place for mortgage lenders.

Qualified Mortgages

The new Qualified Mortgages rules are the federal government’s response to preventing another housing crisis. According to Forbes.com

“The Qualified Mortgage rules are intended to ensure that lenders issue loans only to those who can afford to repay them.”

Lenders are now legally responsible for loans they issue according to the Qualified Mortgage Standards Under the Truth in Lending Act. However, if the mortgage meets the Qualified Mortgage requirements, the mortgage loan will be protected from lawsuits if the borrower is unable to repay.

8 Factors That Determine Qualified Mortgages

It is easy to draw the conclusion that as mortgage rules become stricter, it is likely it might get harder and harder to qualify for a mortgage loan. While some banks are still issuing non-qualified mortgages, you can bet those loans will be under strict rules as well since they are not protected. With that in mind, today we wanted to share 8 factors that go into determining a Qualified Mortgage.

  1. Employment Status
    It should come as no surprise that the banks will want you to be employed if they are going to issue you a mortgage loan. The mortgage lenders will most likely want to see at least 2 years of employment.

  2. Income
    Make sure to have on hand the past 2 years of W2s or income tax returns. If you have any assets, make sure to provide that information as well.

  3. Monthly Mortgage Loan Payment
    The banks are going to want to see how much per month your mortgage will cost you.

  4. Other Property Loans
    Some equity loans will fall under this category and the lenders will want to know about them.

  5. Other Monthly Housing Costs
    Costs like HOA dues, property taxes and even mortgage insurance will also be included when determining a Qualified Mortgage.

  6. Other Financial Commitments
    Banks will be taking into account credit cards, student loans, alimony and even child support.

  7. Debt-to-Income Ratio
    The debt-to-income ratio will be looked at on a monthly basis and it means that your monthly debt cannot be more than 43% of your monthly income.

  8. Your Credit History Your credit score will help to determine whether or not you as the borrower are eligible for a Qualified Mortgage.

You may learn more about the Qualified Mortgage features by checking out our article, What A Qualified Mortgage Is and How New Mortgage Rules Will Affect You


The new requirements of the Qualified Mortgage Standards Under the Truth in Lending Act have been put in place by the federal government to ensure that another housing crisis does not take place in the United States. Lenders will be held accountable and will be collecting documents and analyzing numbers.

If you or someone you know is interested in purchasing a new house, please call our office. We will be happy to help untangle the web of mortgage terms and requirements to help get you the house of your dreams.