Buying a home or looking to refinance? The table below features home loans
with some of the lowest interest rates on the market for owner occupiers.
The loan to value ratio (LVR) is the percentage representation of the loan’s size to the value of your property. So, if you had a $100,000 deposit and you’re borrowing $400,000 to purchase a property that’s valued $500,000, your LVR would be 80%, since the loan size ($400,000) represents 80% of the property’s value ($500,000). Your deposit represents 20% of the property’s value, which is your equity in the property. The bigger your deposit on the property, the smaller your LVR will be.
So basically, your LVR % = ($loan size/$property value) x 100.
Lenders place a great deal of emphasis on LVR, and in some cases are less likely to lend to people with a high one. Typically, those with an LVR of 80 or less (a deposit of 20% or more) won’t have to pay the thousands of dollars for Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI). A lower LVR can also suggest to the lender that you’re a trustworthy borrower with good savings habits.
For help working out your LVR is, you can use Savings.com.au’s LVR calculator. All you need to enter is your property price and deposit amount.
The higher your LVR, the harder it is to be approved for a loan and the more you’ll likely have to pay in interest.
So if the LVR calculator shows that you have a high LVR, you should consider whether you need to save a larger deposit or look to buy a cheaper property.
The entire market was not considered in selecting the above products. Rather, a cut-down portion of the market has been considered which includes retail products from at least the big four banks, the top 10 customer-owned institutions and Australia’s larger non-banks:
Some providers' products may not be available in all states. To be considered, the product and rate must be clearly published on the product provider's web site.
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*The Comparison rate is based on a $150,000 loan over 25 years. Warning: this comparison rate is true only for this example and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate.