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With Australia’s household debt-to-income ratio being one of the highest in the world, individuals and families are finding it harder than ever to keep up with their repayments.
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One of the six largest banks in Australia, Adelaide Bank was established in 1994. Originating from Australia’s largest building society, the Co-operative Building Society of South Australia, Adelaide Bank’s legacy goes back more than 100 years.
Adelaide Bank is among Australia’s leading lenders and manages assets of over $17 billion from its headquarters in South Australia. Adelaide Bank customers have access to over 2000 ATMs across Australia.
Adelaide Bank is well known for its user-friendly products and offers a wide range including insurances, bank accounts, credit cards and home loans. It’s believed to generate more than three per cent of Australian mortgage loan approvals annually.
Since a merger with Bendigo Bank in 2007, Adelaide Bank has operated as a dedicated lending business specialising in providing mortgage and loan services to everyday banking customers.
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A loan-to-value ratio (otherwise known as a Loan to Valuation Ratio or LVR), is a calculation lenders make to work out the value of your loan versus the value of your property, expressed as a percentage. Lenders use this calculation to help assess your suitability for a home loan, and whether you need to pay lender’s mortgage insurance (LMI). As a general rule, most banks will require you to pay LMI if your loan-to-value ratio is 80 per cent or more. LVR is worked out by dividing the loan amount by the value of the property. If you are looking for a quick ball-park estimate of LVR, the size of your deposit is a good indicator as it is directly proportionate to your LVR. For instance, a loan with an LVR of 80 per cent requires a deposit of 20 per cent, while a 90 per cent LVR requires 10 per cent down payment.
LOAN AMOUNT / PROPERTY VALUE = LVR%
While this all sounds simple enough, it is worth doing a more accurate calculation of LVR before you commit to buying a place as there are some traps to be aware of. Firstly, the ‘loan amount’ is the price you paid for the property plus additional costs such as stamp duty and legal fees, minus your deposit amount. Secondly, the ‘property value’ is determined by your lender’s valuation of the property, not the price you paid for it, and sometimes these can differ so where possible, try and get your bank to evaluate the property before you put in an offer.