What is Debt Service and How to Calculate It

Debt service coverage ratio is a financing term that describes the relationship between a property’s operating income and its total debt. A high ratio indicates that a property has sufficient income to cover its debt payments, while a low ratio means that the building may need additional funds to pay off its debts. For example, if your rent revenue is \$100,000 per year but your mortgage payment totals \$80,000 every year — which leaves you with only \$20,000 in operating income — then your deb-service coverage ratio would be 20 percent. This means that you’d need at least 20 percent more in rent money just to cover the interest on your loan balance!

Debt Service Definition

Debt Service is the amount of money you pay each month for your mortgage, student loans, car loan, and credit cards. It’s also called the “debt service payment.” which is made up of principal plus interest and fees.

The principal is the original amount borrowed on a loan or line of credit. Interest is an additional fee paid to use someone else’s money and invest it in something else (like stocks).

How to Calculate Debt Service

Here’s how to calculate debt service:

• Divide the annual mortgage payment by 12. This will give you the monthly mortgage payment.
• Now multiply this number by 100 and add it together with any other debts that need to be paid off each month, such as credit cards or car loans.
• In real estate, the most common approach would be to use Net Operating Income to calculate your Debt Service ratio.

What is a Deb-Service Coverage Ratio?

Debt service coverage ratio is a measure of how much money a borrower has available to cover the monthly payments on a loan. It’s calculated by dividing the monthly debt service by the monthly gross income, which you can find on your credit report.

The higher this number is, the better off you are financially, and the more likely you will be able to make your mortgage payment every month without having it affect other areas of your budget (like paying for food).

If your debt service coverage ratio falls below 1:1 (meaning that it takes more than one dollar out of every dollar earned just to pay off what you owe), then lenders may consider this a red flag because they don’t want people who can’t afford their homes or will end up defaulting on their loans due to financial hardship down the road when interest rates rise again as they inevitably do after periods where they’ve been low like we’re experiencing now since 2008-09!

What is a Debt-to-Income Ratio?

The debt-to-income ratio is the amount of money you owe in monthly payments compared to your income. It’s also called the DTI, D/I and DTL.

The lender uses your DTI to determine whether you can afford a mortgage payment. If your DTIs too high, that means that a large portion of your monthly income goes toward paying off debts such as credit cards and car loans instead of being available for housing expenses like rent or mortgage payments.

Conclusion

Debt service is the amount of money that you must pay each month for your mortgage and other debts. You can calculate your debt service by adding up all of your monthly payments and dividing that sum by the amount of income left after taxes, insurance premiums and other expenses are paid.

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