The Loan to Value Ratio (LTV) shows how much equity you have in a house relative to the amount you want to borrow or already have borrowed, and is one of the key risk factors assessed by lenders. A higher LTV ratio means higher risk for the lender, and may keep you from getting a loan. The highest LTV most lenders will accept is 95% with very good credit. Keep an eye on your LTV ratio over time as your mortgage balance is paid down, and as your house appreciates in value, because you may be able to eliminate the cost of monthly PMI insurance if the ratio is below 80%.
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