BOQ Specialist Home Loan Review | Expert’s Review - Home Loan Experts

Overview

flagFounded: 2014, Bank of Queensland acquired the business (previously Investec Professional Finance)

businessOwned by: Owned by BOQ and operates as a separate division

monetization_onFunded by: BOQ

securityLMI Provider: Genworth

account_balanceLender type: Subsidiary of a major regional bank

Formerly a part of Investec Bank, BOQ Specialist provides banking for medical, dental, veterinary and accounting professionals.

BOQ Specialist’s doctor home loans are where it stands out. This is because of their high LVR (Loan-To-Value Ratio) waived Lenders’ Mortgage Insurance (LMI) home loans. The product allows eligible medical professionals to buy a house without having to save for a deposit and save tens of thousands of dollars in LMI.


How Do BOQ Specialist’s Home Loans Compare?

Pros

  • Favourable credit policy for most medical and accounting professionals
  • LMI waiver home loans at high LVR
  • High LVR, no LMI investment loans
  • Competitive interest rates
  • Trust loans and company home loans available
  • Complex loans considered case by case
  • 457 Visa (now 482 Visa) holders can get up to 85% LVR
  • Permanent residents can get up to 90% LVR

Cons

BOQ Specialist can consider a 90% LVR home loan with waived LMI for the right applicant outside the medical/dental/veterinarian space. Eligible applicants are:

  • Senior managers and above employed by the big 4 accounting firms or partners of 2nd-and 3rd-tier accounting firms
  • PAYG lawyers, solicitors, and general counsels
  • Other professionals earning $350,000 a year or more can also be considered

What Types Of Home Loans Does BOQ Specialist Offer?

BOQ Specialist offers two primary types of home loans. They are:

1. Basic Home Loan: This is a low-interest-rate home loan with minimal features and no fees if you open a transaction account to make the loan repayments. This is a no-frills home loan that comes with a basic redraw account to help you manage surplus funds.
2. Banking Package: This combines your home loan with a credit card and an everyday banking account. You also have the option to set up an offset account and up to five separate loan accounts. The package comes with an annual fee of $495.

Both home loan types come with a variable and fixed interest rate.


What Are BOQ Doctor Home Loans?

BOQ doctor home loans are specialty home loans available only to medical professionals.

All doctors (GPs/specialists/interns/registrars), dentists and vets can borrow up to 100% to purchase an owner-occupier house and a maximum of 95% for a first investment property.
However, anything over 90% LVR is considered on a case by case basis. =

On the other hand, physiotherapists, chiropractors, optometrists, pharmacists, podiatrists and some other medical professionals can obtain only up to 90% LVR with no LMI.

How Are BOQ Doctor Home Loans Structured?

Any BOQ doctor home loan above 90% LVR will have a separate loan account with a shorter loan term and a higher interest rate.

For example, if you were looking to buy a $2 million house at 100% LVR, 90% ($1.8 million) of the loan amount would be structured as a standard home loan at standard home loan interest rates. The remaining 10% ($200,000) would be set up as a short-term business loan (about eight years), at a higher interest rate. Home loans up to 90% LVR are structured the same as a standard home loan.


Can I Negotiate With BOQ Specialists To Get a Lower Rate?

Yes, you can. You should always negotiate to get a lower rate with any lender, especially if you’re a highly sought after professional.

Usually, borrowers want to stick with the lender that they have a banking relationship with already but that lender may not necessarily have the best rates.

The trick is to investigate and compare multiple lenders. A mortgage broker can do this easily and efficiently. And they’re required by law to act in your best interest.

First, your broker will figure out which lenders you qualify with and select those that meet your objective and needs. Your broker can then put in a pricing request with multiple banks to get the best pricing available at the moment.

There are other factors to consider, such as lender turnaround times, but if you are looking to get the best rate, always apply with multiple lenders, ideally through a mortgage broker.

To speak to one of Home Loan Experts’ mortgage brokers, call us on 1300 889 743 or complete our free assessment form.

BOQ Home Loans For Doctors; A Client Story

Dr. M

Goal

Purchase first property

Preferred terms

Borrow 95% of the property value and pay no LMI.

Background

Dr. M, a general practitioner, and his wife, a registered nurse, were looking to buy their first home.

They had an existing banking relationship with ANZ and NAB. But neither of them offered 95% no-LMI home loans for doctors at the time.

Dr. M knew medical professionals qualified for waived-LMI home loans, so the couple approached one of Home Loan Experts’ specialist mortgage brokers.

Their lenders options were limited due to their high LVR.

Solution

After a thorough assessment of the clients’ overall financial situation, the Home Loan Experts mortgage broker started to drill down to the couple of lenders that could potentially assist.

BOQ Specialist and Macquarie Bank were the two viable options. In the end, BOQ Specialist was chosen. Primarily because their home loan product was cheaper at the time.

Of the full loan amount, 90% of the property value was structured as a standard 30-year loan and the remaining 5% of the property value was structured as a business loan with a 10-year term.

One year later, Dr. M was able to release $36,000 in equity at 2.69% interest p.a.

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