What is LVR when it comes to a home loan?

August 07, 20233 min read

When it comes to home loans, understanding the Loan-To-Value Ratio (LVR) is crucial. It's a term you'll encounter when applying for a home loan, and it can significantly impact the terms of your loan. But what exactly is LVR, and how does it affect your home loan?

What is LVR?

The Loan Value Ratio (LVR) is the ratio of the loan amount against the value of the property you've selected and used as security for the loan. LVR determines whether the lender’s mortgage insurance will be needed and what interest rate you are entitled to.

Calculating LVR: A Real-World Example

Let's take the example of Jane and Chris, who are purchasing a new home for $450,000 and will be using $70,000 in cash as a deposit. This means they need a mortgage of $380,000 (excluding fees and charges). To find out their LVR, Jane and Chris need to divide the mortgage amount (including fees and charges) by the value of the property and then multiply this amount by 100. By doing this, they found out their LVR is 84%. Because their LVR is above 80%, Jane and Chris will need to pay the lender's mortgage insurance. This can be added to the total mortgage amount, but it will increase their overall LVR as a result.

How to Decrease Your LVR

Decreasing your LVR can be achieved by saving a larger amount for a deposit, tightening your budget when it comes to finding a property to purchase, or doing both. The way you structure your loan can also help to reduce your LVR. For example, you may be able to use the equity in an existing property to increase your deposit amount. The bigger your deposit, the smaller your mortgage will be, affecting your LVR.

Another option to consider is taking advantage of a guarantor option. This loan allows immediate family members to help you purchase a home without them having to provide cash as an upfront deposit. Instead, the bank takes a mortgage over the guarantor’s property which is used as equity to assist with purchasing the new property.

What Does LVR Mean for Your Home Loan?

Understanding your LVR before you apply for a home loan is important. This will help you to budget for both the possibility of having to pay the lender’s mortgage insurance and the interest rate you will be charged.

Whether you're a professional earning a gross income of $120,000 plus, a first home buyer, an investor, a small and medium enterprise (SME), or a self-managed super fund (SMSF), understanding LVR is crucial when considering home loans.

Interested in learning more about Loan-To-Value and how it can impact your next home loan? Contact Citadel Capital Solutions today to find out more information. Our team of experts is ready to guide you through the process and help you make the best decisions for your financial future.

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