To know how much house you can afford, an affordability calculator can help.
Getting pre-approved for a loan can help you find out how much you’re qualified to borrow. But remember that when it comes to affordability, the amount a lender will lend you and the amount you can comfortably pay without stretching your budget too thin could be very different. One influential factor in determining the amount of money you can borrow on a home loan is your debt-to-income (DTI) ratio. It is recommended that your DTI should be less than 36% to ensure that you have some padding on your monthly spend. A good DTI greatly impacts your ability to get pre-qualified for a mortgage.