An investor’s quick guide to understanding loan to valuation ratios (LVRs)

To provide the best possible returns for our investors in the Trilogy Monthly Income Trust, we take all practicable steps to mitigate risk within our loan portfolio.

This includes securing first mortgages over all the properties we finance, as well as maintaining conservative loan to valuation ratios (LVRs).

The loan to valuation ratio explained

LVR is a term used to express the ratio of a loan to the value of the underlying asset for which the loan will be used to fund.

For example, if a borrower has $2 million in equity and sought a $4 million loan for the development of a $6 million property, the LVR would be $4 million/$6 million, or just over 66%.

LVR explained | Trilogy Funds Australia

The lower the LVR, the less risk to the lender. This is because the ‘excess’ value of the property over and above the loan amount provides a buffer that can help protect the lender in the event of a loan default, which could potentially result in a forced sale of the property for a lower price than expected, as well as additional interest and other fees and costs.

Loans with an LVR above 80% are considered by many lenders to be high risk, and in the case of mortgages for home loans will generally result in borrowers being charged additional fees such as Lenders Mortgage Insurance or Lender Protection Fees. These are intended to compensate or to safeguard the lender against potential losses.

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As one of Australia’s leading specialist lenders to the property development and construction sector, the Trilogy lending team oversees a portfolio of over 85 loans that range in value of up to $20 million. Check out some of the recent loans funded by Trilogy.

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