Last Updated: 30th April, 2024

How To Qualify For A 90% LVR Investment Loan

If you can meet the below criteria, you’ll have a much better chance of getting approved:

  • Clean credit history: Having blemishes such as defaults, judgments and bankruptcies on your credit file can work against you when applying for a 90% investment loan but not with all lenders depending on your case.
  • You’ll need a deposit: In most cases, you’ll need 5-10% of the purchase price in genuine savings or a deposit that you’ve saved over a period of 3-6 months. There are exceptions to this with some lenders and you may be able to use equity in an existing property your own or a gift.
  • Negative gearing may be accepted: Only applicable with some lenders and only if you have a strong income.
  • Employment: Although there are exceptions to this policy, you’ll usually need to have an employment history of 3 to 6 months in your current job role.
  • Standard properties more likely accepted: Unusual or non-traditional property types located outside of capital cities or major regional locations are not usually accepted by lenders.

We’re 90% LVR investment loan experts and we know exactly how to build a strong case so you have the best chance of getting approved the first time around.

Call 1300 889 743 or complete our free online assessment form today.

Why Apply For A 10% Deposit Investment Loan?

You could easily consider buying and investing in property as Australia’s past time but why is it so popular.

Well, compared to other types of investments that are subject to fluctuations in the stock market, property tends to be a solid, long term generator of income.

The price of your property can rise substantially especially if you buy in a good location. Where you adopt a strategy for long term growth, you will most likely reap the benefits in the following years.

By the time you saved a 20% deposit, property prices might have gone up, and you would require more time to save even more. Smart property investors often use a small deposit when they start their investment journey. Let’s look at a simple example: You’re buying an investment property valued at $500,000 in NSW.
Costs Associated Buying An Investment Property With 10% Deposit Buying An Investment Property With A 20% Deposit
Deposit Required $50,000 $100,000
Stamp Duty $17,805 $17,805
Lenders Mortgage Insurance $9,982
Other costs $3,000 $3,000
Total Costs $80,787 $120,805
Although with a 20% deposit you save almost $10,000 on LMI, you still end up paying a higher upfront cost. With a 10% deposit:
  • You can buy your investment property sooner
  • You can use the equity from your investment property to purchase another one
  • You can use the extra savings to grow your property portfolio

What about the costs of owning a property?

Any expenditure on the property, including maintenance, rates and insurance, is usually tax deductible. The other major tax benefit is negative gearing.

Borrow 90% LVR with a non-bank lender!

Did you know that not all lenders are overseen by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA)?

Some non-banks and specialist lenders are not actually ADIs so, at least for the time being, they’re in a unique position to help Australia borrow up to 90% of the purchase price or more to invest in property.

We know which lenders will do this and we know which of them will allow you to borrow up to the maximum LVR if you meet standard loan requirements.

Adding to your property portfolio?

If you’re building on top of your existing property portfolio, beware.

As a result of these changes, very few lenders take into account negative gearing benefits when assessing your income position.

In addition to this, banks will now assess your existing loan facilities at a higher or buffer interest rate than what you’re actually paying.

This has a massive impact on the borrower power of applicants who already own multiple investment properties or who are simply purchasing a second investment property.

Do you need help getting approved with a lender that takes a commonsense approach?

Please call us on 1300 889 743 and we can tell you how we can help.

Do you qualify for an interest rate discount?

Borrowers that have genuine savings or are using existing equity as a deposit usually qualify for really good interest rate offers.

So what if you don’t qualify for a reduced rate?

Firstly, it’s widely believed that specialist lenders charge a premium for their services. That’s true but when you look at the investment loan package as a whole it’s actually not that much different than going with a bank.

Secondly, our main concern is getting you approved for a 10% deposit investment loan. Once we do that, we can always refinance your investment loan in 2 to 3 years at a more competitive rate.

How Do I Get A Lower LMI?

Risky mortgages, particularly when you’re lending more than 80% or more of the purchase price, will require you to cover Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI).

LMI basically protects the banks in case you default on your investment loan and the cost can vary add up depending the LMI premium rates of the lender that you’re applying with and the amount that you’re borrowing.

Use the LMI calculator to get an accurate figure of how much you could be paying in LMI for the property you want to invest in.

What you could do is save a little more for your deposit and bring your LVR down to 94% plus LMI. This will put you in a lower LMI bracket which means you’ll reduce your mortgage insurance premium.

Another strategy is to capitalise or ‘add’ the LMI premium on top of your investment loan, bringing your total loan to about 92% LVR.

What it means for you is that you avoid having to pay LMI upfront and simply pay it off, interest-free, as you start making your mortgage repayments.

No LMI Investment Loans

There are some ways you can avoid paying LMI even if you’re borrowing 90% of the property value:
  • If you have a guarantor, you can borrow up to 105% of the property value without paying LMI.
  • Some lenders also offer waived LMI for certain professionals like doctors, lawyers and accountants.
Talk to our mortgage brokers today to see if you qualify for waived LMI investment loans. Call us on 1300 889 743 or enquire online.

Which Lender Is Best For LMI?

This is a hard question to answer fundamentally because banks don’t share this information with the public so it’s almost impossible to shop around if you’re trying to do it by yourself.

Luckily, as a mortgage broker, it’s a part of our job first to qualify you for a mortgage and then, secondly, compare the associated fees of a particular lender, including their LMI premium rates, in order to find the best possible deal for your situation.

What you’ll really want to avoid is going over the so-called ‘LMI limit’ with the particular lender you want to apply for.

This refers specifically to the exposure limits for mortgage insurance providers. Most will accept up $750,000 for one security and up $2.5 million for 3 or 4 properties.

Call us on 1300 889 743 and find out what we can do for you.

FAQs: 90% Investment Loans

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Getting approved for a 90% investment loan comes down to presenting a strong case to the right lender, something our mortgage brokers do on a daily basis.

Let us help you get started in property investing!

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