LTV: Loan to Value Ratio in Regards to Home Loans?

What is LTV?

A loan-to-value (LTV) ratio is the ratio of a loan amount to the value of the asset it’s being used to purchase. Lenders often refer to a borrower’s LTV in order to assess the risk involved in entering a loan agreement with that borrower. The higher your LTV, the riskier the loan is for the lender. Generally speaking, LTVs of 80% and up are considered high.

How do you calculate LTV?

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To calculate your LTV, divide the borrowed amount by the purchase price of the home or appraised value of the home. The loan-to-value ratio would be expressed as a percentage. For example, if you take out a loan of $190,000 to purchase a home for $200,000, then your LTV would be $190,000/$200,000 or 95%. This would be a high LTV, since the value of the asset being purchased is higher than the loan amount.  

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