Investec Australia no longer operates in Australia but their Professional Finance business was purchased by BOQ in 2014.

Overview

flagFounded: Investec (1974); Investec Australia (1997)

businessOwned by: Formerly Investec; Currently Bank of Queensland (BOQ)

monetization_onFunded by: Retail deposits and wholesale capital markets

securityLMI Provider: Currently Genworth but previously self-insured

account_balanceLender type: Non-bank, Specialist Lender

The go-to specialist lender for high net worth (HNW) individuals and professionals like doctors, accountants and lawyers was Investec Australia, a wholly-owned subsidiary of its South African parent company.

Before its acquisition, Investec served customers in very much the same way as other mortgage brokers: it worked with customers directly to find a loan solution that would best support their future investment plans. So how did their investment offering compare to other non-bank lenders?

How did Investec’s home loans compare?

Pros

  • Lending up to 100% with no Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI) by topping up your loan with a personal loan
  • Professionals wanting to rapidly build their investment portfolio

Cons

  • If you had a large deposit, you could have likely gotten a better interest rate elsewhere
  • There were high interest rates applied to any unsecured portion of your home loan, that is, the personal loan component
  • A guarantor loan would have been a better option for many professionals looking to borrow at the max LVR and still is!
  • Their lending policy was strict and their credit department was rarely flexible


Investec Australia is gone so what now?

If you’re a professional earning a strong income, you’re probably wondering where you can go to get:

We have nearly 40 lenders on our panel and a few of them actually offer discounted interest rates and waived LMI for select professionals including doctors.


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