Mortgages Joplin MO

Mortgages in Joplin, MO. Find addresses and phone numbers of local business and services that provide access to Mortgages in Joplin, MO.

First Home Mortgage Company
(417) 624-8778
1020 E 20Th St
Joplin, MO
Allied Home Mortgage Capital Corporation
(417) 206-8282
1130 E 32Nd St Ste C
Joplin, MO
Mountain Pacific Mortgage Co
(417) 623-0500
1201 E 32Nd St Ste E
Joplin, MO
First State Bank - Joplin
(417) 623-4811
802 Main Street
Joplin, MO
Webb City Bank
(417) 626-9999
3435 E 7Th St
Joplin, MO
Howetown Bank Na
(417) 782-0005
1429 E 32Nd St
Joplin, MO
Action Mortgage Company Inc
(417) 624-7788
1930 Delaware Ste 1
Joplin, MO
Mortgage House Inc
(417) 782-7800
2906 South Main
Joplin, MO
Citizens Mortgage Company
(417) 782-8707
705 Illinois Ste 6A
Joplin, MO
Webb City Bank
(417) 673-5514
100 N Main St
Webb City, MO

How Much House Can You Afford?

Debt-to-Income Ratios

To determine your maximum mortgage amount, lenders use guidelines called debt-to-income ratios. This is simply the percentage of your monthly gross income (before taxes) that is used to pay your monthly debts. Because there are two calculations, there is a "front" ratio and a "back" ratio and they are generally written in the following format: 33/38.

The front ratio is the percentage of your monthly gross income (before taxes) that is used to pay your housing costs, including principal, interest, taxes, insurance, mortgage insurance (when applicable) and homeowners association fees (when applicable). The back ratio is the same thing, only it also includes your monthly consumer debt. Consumer debt can be car payments, credit card debt, installment loans, and similar related expenses. Auto or life insurance is not considered a debt.

A common guideline for debt-to-income ratios is 33/38. A borrower's housing costs consume thirty-three percent of their monthly income. Add their monthly consumer debt to the housing costs, and it should take no more than thirty-eight percent of their monthly income to meet those obligations.

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Your Down Payment Affects Everything

Your First Step Toward Buying a Home

When preparing to buy a home, the first thing many homebuyers do is look at "homes for sale" ads in newspapers, magazines and listings on the internet. Some potential buyers read "how-to" articles like this one. The next thing you should do โ€“ before you call on an ad, before you talk to a Realtor, before you shop for interest rates โ€“ is look at your savings.


Because determining how much money you have available for down payment and closing costs affects almost every aspect of buying a home โ€“ including how you write your purchase offer, the loan programs you qualify for, and shopping for interest rates.

Mortgage Programs

If you only have enough available for a minimum down payment, your choices of loan program will be limited to only a few types of mortgages. If someone is giving you a gift for all or part of the down payment, your options are also limited. If you have enough for the down payment, but need the lender or seller to cover all or part of your closing costs, this further limits your options. If you borrow all or a portion of the down payment from your 401K or retirement plan, different loan programs have different rules on how you qualify.

Of course, if you have enough for a large down payment, then you have lots of choices.

Your loan choices include such varied programs as conventional fixed rate loans, adjustable rate mortgages, buydowns, VA, FHA, graduated payment mortgages and all the varieties of each.

Shopping Rates

A very important reason you need to have at least some idea of your down payment is for shopping interest rates. Some loan programs charge a slightly higher interest rate for minimal down payments. Plus, the interest rates for different loan programs are not the same. For example, conventional, VA, and FHA all offer fixed rate loans. However, the rates vary from one program to another.

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