What is LTV and why does it matter?

LTV stands for loan-to-value ratio.  This is calculated by the total amount of loans (liens) on the property divided by its fair market value.  The higher the LTV, the riskier the loan is for a lender.

  • If the subject property is a purchase transaction, fair market value will be based on the lower of purchase price or estimated market value as established by the appraisal.