First-Time Home Buyers

High Ratio vs Conventional Mortgage

This all comes down to the lending ratio, ie, what percentage of money are you putting down as a deposit in relation to the size of the of the loan required,

  • Your loan to value is exactly what it sounds like, the size of your mortgage in relation to the value, written as a percentage.
  • If your loan to value is more than 80%, you have what is called a high-ratio mortgage.
  • A high-ratio mortgage is when you own less than 20% of your home.
  • If you own less than 20% you are required to get mortgage default insurance

  • A conventional mortgage is when you own 20% or more of your home and your mortgage amount is less than 80% of the value of your home.