Interest rates linked to LVRs

The average loan to valuation ratio for a new mortgage has fallen in recent years to about 92 per cent. Some lenders, such as HomeSide, are charging interest rates linked to LVRs. That means the higher LVR the borrower applies for, the higher rate they will be charged.

The managing consulting director of Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand, Martin North, says "If you're a consumer, they'll be looking probably harder than they ever have in recent years in terms of things like income, savings history, loan-to-value (LVR) ratio and even your credit rating." Banks are preferring loans of no more than 80 per cent or 90 per cent of the valuation of a property.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald