Loan-to-Value Ratio

Loan-to-Value Ratio

The loan-to-value ratio, or LTV, is a risk-assessment tool that we use to analyze your mortgage application. The higher the LTV, the riskier the loan, and the more it will usually cost the borrower.

LTV compares the value of your loan to the value of the property. We divide the loan amount by the purchase price or the appraised value of the home, whichever is lower, to reach the LTV ratio. For example, if the home is appraised at $400,000 and you are requesting a $300,000 loan, your LTV would be 75 percent.

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The Importance of LTV


There are many reasons that your LTV matters when you are getting a mortgage. Your down payment will impact the LTV, as well as our decision to approve your mortgage. If your down payment is under 20 percent and this causes the LTV to be higher than 80 percent, for example, we will usually require private mortgage insurance (PMI) if you are not getting a government-insured loan. Mortgage insurance is an additional cost you will pay, and it will be added to your monthly payment. It can be anywhere from 0.22 to 1 percent of your loan amount charged annually.

If you are required to pay PMI, it can be removed from your loan once you hit 80 percent LTV. This can happen if your home's value increases enough, you pay down the loan earlier than expected, or you make monthly mortgage payments until you pay off the loan enough to reach this level.

Your LTV will also matter if you ever decide to refinance. When you refinance your loan, the appraised value will be used based on comparable home sales over the last three months. The LTV increases the interest rate you pay on your refinance, as homeowners who have less of their own money in the home are viewed as a higher risk. If the LTV is more than 70 percent, you can expect around a 0.125 percent increase in the interest rate for every 5 percent increase.

Loan to Value Ratio

Aim for a Low LTV

The lower your loan-to-value ratio, the more favorably your application is viewed by us. A high LTV is usually reserved for only the most creditworthy borrowers.

The easiest way to lower your LTV ratio is by putting down a large down payment. Doing so gives you automatic equity in the home and more vested interest in making your monthly mortgage payments. Aim for getting your LTV as low as you can to get the best rate, as well.

Along with your LTV, we will also look at your credit, income, employment history, down payment and debt-to-income ratio to evaluate your application.

Loan To Value Requirements

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Mortgage Investors Group, based in Tennessee, offers residential financing in a number of states in the southeast, See MIG Service Areas. Terms and conditions to apply to home financing. We want to share with you the loan terms vary based on several characteristics and your financial profile. These include but are not limited to loan program, loan purpose, occupancy, credit history, credit score, assets, and other criteria per loan type. The repayment terms and interest rate may vary from time to time. The terms represented here are based on certain assumptions outlined below and/or noted on the loan outline page. Additional details concerning privacy, program disclosures, licensing specifics may be found at Legal Information.

MIG Loan Officers will help gather the information needed for an individual assessment to provide home financing which matches the loan characteristics with your home financing needs based on your financial profile, when you are ready to begin a full loan application. For estimates and general information before that step, the basis for which the mortgage financing information are as follows:
  • Rates are subject to change at any time.
  • Rate locks are available at current terms for 30 to 180 days based on program type, credit profile, property location, etc. which will affect the available rate and term.
  • Payments will vary based on program selection, current rates, property location, etc.
  • Not all programs are available in all states.
  • Some loan programs may not be available to first time home buyers.
  • Terms and conditions apply, which may include restrictions or limits per loan program.
  • Information is generally based on primary residence occupancy with no cash out when refinancing.
  • Unless otherwise stated, terms shown are estimates based in part on credit score of 700 or higher; owner occupancy, escrow account is established for taxes and insurance(s); debt-to-income ratio no higher than 43.0%; PMI applies to conventional loan programs over 80.0% LTV; VA,FHA & RD require insuring fees included in loan and/or payment; fixed rate, 30 year term.

An MIG Loan Officer is available to help with your financial details to determine which characteristics apply to your situation for a personalized look into which loan program best fits your home financing needs. Please use the Find a Loan Officer link or reach out to Mortgage Investors Group at 800-489-8910. Equal Housing Lender 1.2020