How does the loan-to-value ratio affect mortgage approval in Oregon?

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by hermina , in category: Real Estate , 6 months ago

How does the loan-to-value ratio affect mortgage approval in Oregon?

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by milan.glover , 21 days ago

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In Oregon, as with most other states, the loan-to-value (LTV) ratio is an important factor that lenders consider when approving a mortgage. The LTV ratio is calculated by dividing the loan amount by the appraised value of the property.


A high LTV ratio indicates that the borrower is borrowing a higher percentage of the property's value, which may pose a higher risk to the lender. Lenders typically have maximum LTV ratios that they are willing to accept for different types of mortgages.


In Oregon, lenders often prefer to see a lower LTV ratio, typically below 80% for conventional mortgages. If the LTV ratio is higher than the lender's preferred threshold, the borrower may be required to pay for private mortgage insurance (PMI) or may be offered less favorable loan terms.


Therefore, a lower LTV ratio can improve a borrower's chances of mortgage approval in Oregon, as it demonstrates that the borrower has more equity in the property and poses less risk to the lender. Borrowers can improve their LTV ratio by making a larger down payment, paying off existing debt to increase the equity in the property, or choosing a less expensive property.