Frequently Asked Questions
How do you calculate the home price I can afford?
We use the information you enter and today’s rates to determine the maximum home price you can afford.
Keep in mind that this calculator just provides an estimate. You can see what you’re actually approved for by using Rocket Mortgage® or talking to a Home Loan Expert.
How do I calculate my monthly debt?
To calculate your monthly debt, add up all the minimum debt payments you’re required to pay on a monthly basis, such as payments for credit cards, car loans, student loans and child support.
How much should I spend on a home?
The amount you should spend on a home is unique to your financial situation. It’s important to make sure that the monthly mortgage payment is manageable and that you won’t be struggling to make ends meet every time the mortgage bill is due.
How much do I need to make each month to buy a house?
Your monthly income is only one piece of the puzzle when it comes to determining your eligibility for a mortgage. It’s not just about how much you make, but how much you already owe.
Lenders use a figure called your debt-to-income ratio (DTI) to determine if you’re eligible to buy a house. Your DTI is calculated by dividing the sum of your monthly debts (such as car and credit card payments) by your monthly gross income. Most loans require that your DTI not exceed 45%.
How do I calculate my monthly mortgage payment?
Once you know the home price you can afford, use our Mortgage Calculator to get an estimate of how much you could expect to pay monthly based on today’s rates. You can also use Rocket Mortgage® to see what rate and monthly payment you’re approved for.
Why do you need to know the ZIP code?
We use the ZIP code to estimate taxes and insurance premiums.
How much do I need for a down payment and closing costs?
Most buyers need at least 3.5% of the home price for their down payment.
You’ll also need to pay closing costs, which can range from 2% to 5% of the loan amount.