When applying for a loan, one of the requirements you need to submit is a list of your assets. This is known as collateral. This document refers to anything of value that you could put up as security to guarantee payment of the loan. The goal of this collateral is to show the lender that you have something they can take if you don’t repay the loan. For example, if you own a house, you can use the title as collateral to secure a loan.

Your assets are usually divided into two categories: primary and secondary. Your primary collateral is the asset that will be used to repay the loan if you can’t make payments. Your secondary collateral is what will be used if the first option fails.

What type of collateral do banks accept?

There are different types of collateral that lenders will accept. The most common are real estate, cars, stocks, and bonds. However, other items can also be used as collateral such as jewelry, art, and firearms.

When you are submitting your collateral to a lender, make sure that it is properly analyzed. This means that you need to know the value of the asset and understand how it can be used as security. In addition, your lender must know the worth of your assets so they can determine how much money they are willing to lend you.

To properly assess the value of your collateral and the risk associated with it, your lender will need to know how to examine it accurately. Here is a quick guide on how to do just that.

How you can conduct a proper collateral analysis

To understand how collateral analysis works, you need to know what the process is. Collateral analysis is the procedure of estimating the value of an asset to determine its eligibility as collateral for a loan.

There are four steps in doing a collateral analysis:

  1. Identify all assets that could be used as collateral. This includes real estate, stocks, bonds, and other investments, as well as personal belongings such as cars and jewelry.
  2. Estimate the value of each asset. This can be done in many ways, but most lenders will use either the fair market value or the replacement cost.
  3. Compare the estimated value of each asset against the amount of the loan being requested. The assets that are worth more than the loan amount are considered eligible as collateral.
  4. Rank the assets in order of priority. This is done by comparing the estimated value of each asset against the size of the loan. The asset with the highest estimated value that is also larger than the loan amount will be given priority as collateral.

In doing a collateral analysis, keep in mind these following factors:

  • The value of an asset can change over time. So, it’s important to re-evaluate the assets regularly.
  • Not all assets are eligible as collateral. For example, some lenders will not accept stocks or bonds as collateral.
  • If the value of the assets falls below the amount of the loan, the lender has the right to seize them.
  • Always be honest with the lender. Don’t try to hide any of your assets. If you do, it could lead to problems down the road.

Now that you have identified what a collateral analysis is, here are five keys you need to take note of to effectively analyze your collateral. By following these five keys, you can effectively review your collateral and make an informed decision about whether or not to take out a loan.

1. The LTV Ratio

The loan-to-value (LTV) ratio is the proportion of your loan that is equal to the total appraised value of your collateral. If you have a $10,000 loan and the appraised value of your collateral is $15,000, your LTV ratio is 66.7 percent ($10,000/$15,000). This is why a low LTV ratio is required if you want your collateral to have more equity.

2. The Current Market Value

Determining the current market value of your collateral can be obtained from a variety of sources, such as an appraisal, real estate listing service, or third-party valuation service.

3. The Debt Service Coverage Ratio

The debt service coverage ratio (DSCR) is a key metric used by lenders to identify the likelihood of a borrower being able to repay their loan. To know the DSCR, divide the net operating income (NOI) by the debt service payments.

If your NOI is $10,000 and your debt service payments are $6,000, your DSCR is 1.667 ($10,000/$6,000).

A high DSCR is ideal because it allows you to have more available cash flow to make debt service payments.

4. The Equity Coverage Ratio

Another key metric that lenders use is the equity coverage ratio (ECR). It is calculated by dividing the net equity (the difference between the appraised value and total debt) by the debt service payments.

For instance, if your net equity is $5,000 and your debt service payments are $6,000, your ECR would be 0.833 ($5,000/$6,000).

5. The Liquidity Ratio

The liquidity ratio is a measure of how easily your collateral can be converted into cash. To know the liquidity ratio, divide the market value of your collateral by the amount of debt you owe on the collateral.

As such, if the market value of your collateral is $15,000 and you owe $10,000 on the loan, the liquidity ratio would be 1.5 ($15,000/$10,000).


The bottom line is that collateral is an important part of any loan. By providing accurate information about your assets, you can help ensure a smooth process. If you have any questions about collateral analysis or need help getting started, contact your lender for more information. In this way, you can be confident that you are making the best decision for your financial future.