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Mortgage Prequalification Calculator: Do You Qualify for a Home Loan?

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Mortgage Prequalification Calculator

This calculator will calculate whether or not you would qualify for a home loan, and if so, how much of a home loan you might be qualifying for. Includes a printer friendly report and a printable amortization schedule. The Learn tab includes brief explanations for:

  • PITI to income ratio.
  • Debt to income ratio.
  • A secret third ratio to consider.
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Selected Data Record:

A Data Record is a set of calculator entries that are stored in your web browser's Local Storage. If a Data Record is currently selected in the "Data" tab, this line will list the name you gave to that data record. If no data record is selected, or you have no entries stored for this calculator, the line will display "None".

DataData recordData recordSelected data record: None
Income/yr:Income/year:Gross annual income:Gross annual income:
Income Conversion
If you would like me to convert your non-annual gross income(s) into one combined annual household income, enter the amounts (without dollar signs and commas) below and select the appropriate period for each amount.
NameAmountPeriod
Annual gross:

Gross annual income:

Enter your gross annual household income (without dollar sign and comma). This is the amount before taxes are deducted. Expand the description in this row to combine and calculate up to 5 sources of income.

Debt pmts:Mon debt pmts:Monthly debt payments:Monthly debt payments:
Monthly Debt Payments
If you would like me to total up your debt payments for you, enter the individual payments below (the labels are only reminders so ignore those that don't apply).
Monthly debt pmt:

Monthly debt payments:

Enter the total of your non-mortgage monthly debt payments (without dollar sign and comma). This would include car loans, student loans, credit card payments and so on. Expand the description in this row to total from 1 to 10 debt payments.

Down pmt:Down payment:Down payment:Down payment:

Down payment:

Enter the amount you have available for a down payment after paying closing costs (without dollar sign and comma).

Int rate:Interest rate:Annual interest rate:Annual interest rate:

Annual interest rate:

Enter the annual interest rate you expect to pay on this mortgage. Enter the rate as a percentage but without the percent sign (for 6.25%, enter 6.25).

Monthly ins:Monthly ins:Monthly insurance:Monthly insurance:
Monthly Insurance Estimator
If you would like me to estimate your insurance for you, enter the price of the home and adjust the default percentage (.125%) if you think it's too high or too low.
Home price:
Insurance %:
Monthly ins pmt:

Monthly insurance:

Enter the monthly insurance payment you expect to pay (without dollar sign and comma). As a rule of thumb, you can expect to pay .125% (home price X .00125) of the purchase price per month. Expand the description in this row to calculate the monthly insurance based on a percentage.

Prop tax %:Annual tax %:Annual property tax percentage:Annual property tax percentage:

Annual property tax percentage:

Enter the annual property tax percentage you expect to pay. As a rule of thumb, you can expect to pay 1.1% of the purchase price per year.

Mtg term:Mortgage term:Mortgage term in years:Mortgage term in number of years:

Mortgage term in number of years:

Select the term of the home loan in number of years.

Max pmt %:Max pmt ratio:Maximum pmt to income ratio:Maximum mortgage payment to income ratio:

Maximum mortgage payment to income ratio:

Enter your maximum mortgage payment to income ratio (without the percent sign). The default ratio is 28%, in which case your mortgage payment cannot exceed 28% of your monthly income.

Max debt %:Max debt ratio:Maximum debt to income ratio:Maximum debt payments to income ratio:

Maximum debt payments to income ratio:

Enter your maximum mortgage payment plus debt payments to income ratio (without percent sign). The default ratio is 36%, in which case your mortgage payment plus your debt payments cannot exceed 36% of your monthly income.

Down pmt:Down payment:Down payment:Down payment:

Down payment:

This is your original down payment amount.

Mtg amt:Mortgage amt:Mortgage loan amount:Mortgage loan amount:

Mortgage loan amount:

This is the maximum mortgage you would qualify for based on your current entries.

Home price:Home price:Home price:Home price:

Home price:

This is the price of the home you could purchase, which is the mortgage amount plus your down payment.

PMI pmt:PMI payment:Monthly PMI payment:Monthly PMI payment:

Monthly PMI payment:

This is your estimated monthly PMI (Private Mortgage Insurance) payment amount. This insurance is usually required for downpayments that are less than 20% of the purchase price of the home. And the lower the downpayment percentage falls below 20%, the higher the PMI premium will be.

Ins pmt:Insurance pmt:Monthly insurance payment:Monthly insurance payment:

Monthly insurance payment:

This is your estimated monthly insurance payment amount.

Tax pmt:Tax payment:Monthly property tax payment:Monthly property tax payment:

Monthly property tax payment:

This is your estimated monthly property tax payment amount.

P & I pmt:P & I payment:Monthly P & I payment:Monthly principal & interest payment:

Monthly principal & interest payment:

This is your estimated monthly principal and interest payment amount.

Total out:Total outflow:Total monthly cash outflow:Total monthly cash outflow:

Total monthly cash outflow:

This is the total of your monthly PMI, property taxes, homeowner insurance, and principal and interest payment.

If you would like to save the current entries to the secure database, tap or click on the Data tab, select "New Data Record", give the data record a name, then tap or click the Save button. To save changes to previously saved entries, simply tap the Save button. Please select and "Clear" any data records you no longer need.

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About

About the Mortgage Prequalification Calculator

This calculator will calculate whether or not you would qualify for a home loan, and if so, how much of a home loan you might be qualifying for.

The calculator also includes built-in mini-calculators for totaling up your gross income, monthly debt payments, and estimated homeowner's insurance premiums.

Finally, the calculated results includes one button to create a printer friendly report of the calculations, and another button to open an amortization schedule in a printer friendly window.

If you would like to see how much house you can afford, versus what size mortgage you can qualify for, please visit the House Affordability Calculator, which includes a forecast of all home ownership costs.

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Instructions

How to use the Mortgage Prequalification Calculator

Step #1:

Enter your gross annual household income. Clicking the "+" icon will reveal a calculator for annualizing and totaling up to 5 income sources at once.

Step #2:

Enter the total of all non-mortgage debt payments. Clicking the "+" icon will reveal a calculator for combining up to 10 debt payments into a single amount.

Step #3:

Enter the amount of the down payment you think you could manage to come up with.

Step #4:

Enter the annual interest rate of the mortgage you are considering taking out.

Step #5:

Enter the monthly insurance premium you would expect to pay. Clicking the "+" icon will reveal a calculator for estimating your premium.

Step #6:

Change the default annual property tax percentage if you feel it is too high or too low for your neighborhood.

Step #7:

Select the mortgage term in number of years.

Step #8:

Change the default ratios if you feel they are set too high or too low for your situation.

Step #9:

Click the "Calculate Mtg Qualification" button. The calculator will then determine if you would qualify for a mortgage, and if so, tell you the mortgage amount and the home price amount. If you qualify for a mortgage the results will also include buttons for a printer friendly report and a mortgage amortization schedule.

Saving Entries:

If your web browser supports Local Storage, you can save your entries to your web browser so won't have to start over on your next visit. Please note that your saved entries can only be retrieved from the same device and web browser you were using when you stored them. If you would like to access your saved entries from any device I invite you to subscribe to the Ad-Free Member Version.

To save your entries to your web browser, click or tap the Data tab in the Help and Tools section (mobile: top right of the main screen), select "New Data Record" from the drop-down menu, enter a name for the data record, and then tap or click the Save button.

To load previously saved entries, click or tap the Data tab and select the saved data record from the drop-down menu. You can then save any changes to your entries by simply clicking the Save button while the data record is selected.

To clear a named set of saved entries, click or tap the Data tab, select the saved data record from the drop-down menu, and then tap or click the Clear button.

Numbers and Decimals:

Only numeric characters (0-9 and decimal points) may be entered in numeric fields. Non-numeric characters (dollar signs, percent signs, commas, etc.) may cause calculation errors. If the field includes a grid icon, tapping the icon will open a popup keypad which will include only the characters allowed in the field. If your device keypad does not include a decimal point, use this popup keypad to enter decimal numbers where applicable.

Popup Tool Tips:

Tap the info (i) icons for a further explanation of each entry field (you can click [X] or outside of the pop-up tool tips to close them). A summary of these explanations, along with any additional term explanations, can also be found under the Terms tab.

Disclaimer:

Since I can't test for every possible combination of numbers, please be sure to double-check the results of this calculator yourself before considering them to be valid. If you do discover an issue with the calculated results, please report the issue using the feedback form located below the calculator.

Scrolling & Shrinking:

In order to scroll the calculator vertically you will need to swipe just outside of the calculator's dark-blue border, or use the window's far right-hand scroll bar, whichever is applicable to your device.

If the top section of the calculator becomes to tall for your viewport, tapping in the "Enter a problem..." field should reset the top section to its original height.

Disclaimer:

The Algebra Calculator is the only calculator on the site that I did not create myself. And since I did not create it, I don't have access to the code for fixing any issues you may be experiencing. So if you are having issues with the calculator, please visit the support page at Mathway.com for assistance.

Glossary

Fields, Terms, and Definitions.

Reset button:

Clicking the "Reset" button will restore the calculator to its default settings.

Pocket Calculator

Calculate any amounts needed to enter into calculator.

 

Data Management

Save and retrieve entries and notes (requires HTML5 compliant web browser).

Calculator Data

Calculator Data:

If you are using the latest version of your web browser software, this feature will allow you to save your calculator entries to your web browser's local storage in between visits. This means the calculator entries can only be recalled with the same device and web browser you were using when you saved them. If you'd like to save data between devices you will need to subscribe to the Ad-Free Member Version.

Save: To save a new set of calculator entries, select "New Data Record" from the dropdown list, enter a nickname for the data record, then click the "Save" button.

Load: To load a previously saved set of calculator entries, simply select the name of the data record from the dropdown list.

Save Changes: To save changes to a set of previously saved calculator entries, be sure the name of the data record is selected, and then click the "Save" button.

Clear: To clear a saved set of entries, be sure the name of the data record is selected, and then click the "Clear" button.

Backup Data
My Notes:
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Help and Tools

Help and Tools:

This section, which you can Unstick or Hide in the Calculator Preferences (just above the top of the calculator), contains the following tabs (content too long to fit within bordered frame can be scrolled up and down):

About: Click this tab for an introduction to the calculator.

Instructions: Click this tab for step-by-step instructions for using the calculator.

Terms: Click this tab for a list of the descriptions that are located within each popup help button (info icons).

PCalc: Click this tab for a handy "pocket" calculator you can use when you need to calculate an entry needed for the calculator.

Data: Click this tab to save a set of entries or a note in between visits. Entries and notes will be stored to your web browser's local storage (if supported by your browser of choice), meaning they can only be recalled with the same device and web browser you were using when you saved them. If you'd like to save entries and notes between devices you can do so by subscribing to the Ad-Free Member Version.

 

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Adjust Calculator Width:

Move the slider to left and right to adjust the calculator width. Note that the Help and Tools panel will be hidden when the calculator is too wide to fit both on the screen. Moving the slider to the left will bring the instructions and tools panel back into view.

Also note that some calculators will reformat to accommodate the screen size as you make the calculator wider or narrower. If the calculator is narrow, columns of entry rows will be converted to a vertical entry form, whereas a wider calculator will display columns of entry rows, and the entry fields will be smaller in size ... since they will not need to be "thumb friendly".

Show/Hide Popup Keypads:

Select Show or Hide to show or hide the popup keypad icons located next to numeric entry fields. These are generally only needed for mobile devices that don't have decimal points in their numeric keypads. So if you are on a desktop, you may find the calculator to be more user-friendly and less cluttered without them.

Stick/Unstick Tools:

Select Stick or Unstick to stick or unstick the help and tools panel. Selecting "Stick" will keep the panel in view while scrolling the calculator vertically. If you find that annoying, select "Unstick" to keep the panel in a stationary position.

If the tools panel becomes "Unstuck" on its own, try clicking "Unstick" and then "Stick" to re-stick the panel.