What is LVR?

The mortgage industry is a wide, wondrous world with a language all of its own. One of the many acronyms bandied about is "LVR", which stands for Loan To Valuation ratio. Here’s what it means.

What is LVR?


When you are working out what amount you can borrow to purchase a property, the size of deposit you need to save and whether you are eligible for a particular mortgage product, the Loan To Valuation ratio (LVR) is one of the most important considerations.

In the simplest terms, the LVR is the percentage of the property’s value, as assessed by the lender, that your loan equates to. So, if the property you want to purchase is valued at $500,000, and you need to borrow $400,000 to pay for it, the loan is 80% of the property's value, making your LVR 80%.

LVR is important because different lenders and their respective loan products have different maximum LVRs, and some lenders will only lend up to a certain LVR for small properties, or properties in certain areas.

Most lenders will finance 80% LVR or higher with Lenders Mortgage Insurance while Low Documentation (Low Doc) loans may be limited to 60% LVR without LMI.

More LVR examples

  1. The property value is $800,000, and the required loan amount is $720,000. This would give you a LVR of ($720,000 / $800,000) = 90%
  2. The property value is $625,000, and the required loan amount is $587,000. This would give you a LVR of ($587,000 / $625,000) = 93.92%

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