author Call Us: +506 2289 5125

Compare Listings

What is Loan to value ratio or LTV on a mortgage in Costa Rica

What is Loan to value ratio or LTV on a mortgage in Costa RicaLoan to value ratio or LTV is a ratio that reflects the relationship between how much you borrow and the appraised value of your property.

For example, Joan wants to purchase a home for $100,000. She plans to make a down payment of 10 percent ($10,000) and finance the rest. This means her loan is for $90,000, and her loan to value ratio is 90 percent.

The term LTV is commonly used by banks and lenders to represent the ratio of the first mortgage as a percentage of the total appraised value of the property.  In general, the higher the LTV ratio, the riskier the loan is for a lender.

LTV varies

When the risk for the lender is higher, they will lend based on a lower LTV ratio. Loan to Value is an important tool used by lenders to measure risk.

Lenders in Costa Rica use a different LTV ratio, depending on the type of property.


Banks usually have a different loan to value ratio for raw land than for constructed property:

  • 80% LTV for a constructed property purchase.
  • 70% LTV for a building lot purchase.

Some banks financing buyers in new real estate developments allow 100% LTV now.

Unsecured Personal Loans

If you are a US citizen with a credit score of at least 640, and you have verifiable income, you can now get an unsecured personal loan up to $300,000. This loan can finance

· Buying property in Costa Rica (Unless you have access to a mortgage)

· Bridge loans

· Car purchase

· Business start-ups

· Loan or debt consolidation

Click the banner below for more information.

What is Loan to value ratio or LTV on a mortgage in Costa Rica

Private Lenders

Private lenders and hard money lenders usually don’t lend on raw land, because there is a much higher risk to sell land well after foreclosure.

On constructed property, private lenders usually lend at 50 – 60% LTV

COSTA RICA MORTGAGE SOLUTION does not offer Residential home loans in Costa Rica for expats at this moment. Your only option, for now, is an unsecured personal loan (see banner above) or a hard money loan (email us).


Many lenders won’t refinance a loan unless you have an LTV of 75% or less. Costa Rica Mortgage solution will be able to get a much more comfortable LTV for your refinance, depending on the risk. Learn more now.


The value of a property is typically determined by an appraiser. Many times the lender will also take into consideration if the property has been sold recently, and what the selling price was. Usually, banks will use the lesser of the appraised value and purchase price to determine how much they will lend a borrower. Especially, if the purchase is within 1–2 years.


When you start looking at mortgages being offered to you, lenders look at several criteria:

  • Your minimum required income for the loan amount,
  • The minimum deposit you must put down,
  • Credit history,
  • The number of working years you have left,
  • One of the most important determining factors is the lender’s maximum Loan to Value (LTV) ratio.

Interest rate

Lenders in Costa Rica do not lower the interest rate if the LTV is lower, but U.S. lenders do.

It is very important to know that a U.S. lender does give much better terms on a lower Loan to Value Ratio. For example, a mortgage with a maximum Loan to Value Ratio of 50% would probably have a lower interest rate since the risk for the lender is less.

The more of your own money you use to make the purchase, the less of the lender’s money is at risk.

Although our lender has decided to cancel their operations in Costa Rica, we still might be able to assist finding you financing for your real estate purchase, contact us now.

What is Loan to value ratio or LTV on a mortgage in Costa Rica

The Author

Steve Wool was a top mortgage originator for Capital First, the largest refinance company in Florida, for 7 consecutive years. He wrote the manual for Costa Rica Mortgage Company and trained all their salespeople. Steve possesses a wealth of experience and knowledge has generated millions of dollars in loans over the years.

Feel free to leave your comments on this blog. If you like this article, please feel free to share it on your social media.

Contact the AE MLS Costa Rica

If you like this blog, connect with me on Google+ or subscribe to our newsletter by clicking the banner below.

 Click here to subscribe to The Easy Times

Facebook Comments

Guest Blogger

    Related posts

    How to calculate investment property asking price correctly when selling?

    Often, sellers do not know how to calculate investment property asking price when they want to sell...

    Continue reading
    Ivo Henfling
    by Ivo Henfling

    Unsecured Personal Loan for US Expats up to $300,000

    Unheard of in Costa Rica: Now, US Expats can get an unsecured personal loan up to $300,000 How...

    Continue reading
    Ivo Henfling
    by Ivo Henfling

    The solution to your Costa Rican corporation problems

    You might not even know you have Costa Rican corporation problems. Especially if your corporation...

    Continue reading
    Ivo Henfling
    by Ivo Henfling

    Join The Discussion

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.