What does loan-to-value ratio (LVR) mean?
The LVR is a measure of how much a bank lends against residential property, compared to the value of that property.
For example: If you are buying a home for $600,000 and you have $120,000 for a deposit; the remaining $480,000 you need to borrow to buy the home is 80 percent of the home's total value - making your LVR 80 percent. Example of calculation: ($600,000 - $120,000) / $600,000 = 80%).
What are the LVR restrictions on home loan borrowing?
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) has placed restrictions on banks on the amount of low deposit lending they can do. The amount banks are allowed to lend varies depending on its intended purpose (such as for property investment).
Why are the LVR restrictions in place?
These changes are an effort by the RBNZ to reduce the impact that a significant drop in property values would have on the financial system and the broader economy.
Will the LVR restrictions affect me?
If your intended purchase is not a residential investment property you will not be affected by the LVR restrictions if you have a deposit of at least 20% (an LVR of 80% or less). If you have less than 20 percent deposit (an LVR of above 80%) your application will be subject to RBNZ LVR restrictions and our normal lending criteria. A low equity margin may apply.
Due to RBNZ LVR restrictions, loans for residential investment properties will generally require 35% equity, however a lower equity level may be possible. Talk to us for full details.
Are there instances when high LVR lending is not subject to LVR restrictions?
Yes, there are some instances where the RBNZ has provided exemptions to their LVR restrictions. These include:
There are conditions applying to each of the RBNZ exemptions so talk to us today to find out if your loan and circumstances qualify for an exemption from the LVR restrictions.