How much is Lenders Mortgage Insurance?

There can huge differences in your Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI) premium depending on your Loan to Value Ratio (LVR) and the lender you choose.

Use this LMI calculator to find the cheapest LMI premium from our panel of lenders and then speak with one of our mortgage brokers to find out if you qualify.

How can we get you a better deal?

Most mortgage brokers just compare the interest rates of different loans.

Your current bank can only offer their set LMI premiums, interest rates and loan products.

Is there a better way to compare loans?

We take a very different, 3-step approach to help you find the cheapest loan:

  • Identify which lenders, LMI providers and discounts you can qualify for.
  • Identify your specific needs, required loan features and what you are trying to achieve with your loan.
  • Create a simple comparison for you, by taking your needs, the interest rate, fees, LMI premium and the loan features all into account.

Once we have provided you with a quote, call us to discuss the available options and let us know which mortgage you’d prefer.

We’re here to give you the information that you need to make an informed decision, not to push particular lenders or loans.

If you’d like to know the cheapest LMI premium from our lenders, please enquire online or call us on 1300 889 743.

One of our mortgage brokers will provide you with an obligation free quote.

We have extensive knowledge of LMI approval criteria and pricing so we can provide you with an accurate and competitive assessment.

Will the mortgage insurer approve your loan?

Did you know that it’s harder to qualify for a loan if mortgage insurance approval is required?

Mortgage insurers are very conservative when assessing a 95% home loan or 90% home loan so it is unlikely that you can get approval from every lender.

Unlike most mortgage brokers, we work out which lenders you qualify with before providing you with a quote.

This way, we don’t waste your time by offering you a discounted home loan that you can’t get approved for!

Mortgage insurers are more likely to decline your mortgage application based on two factors:

Are you ready to apply for a home loan?

Simply call us on 1300 889 743 or complete our free assessment form and one of our mortgage brokers will let you know which lenders you may qualify with.

Get the cheapest LMI premium

If you play around with the above LMI calculator, you’ll see that there is no one lender that has the cheapest mortgage insurance.

For example, National Australia Bank (NAB) LMI may be the cheapest for your friend but Westpac LMI (WLMI) may be cheapest option for you.

It’s common for first home buyers, investors, refinancers and upgraders to get LMI discounts from different lenders.

In some cases, we can get you additional discounts by slightly amending your loan amount.

This is where an experienced mortgage broker can significantly reduce your LMI premium.

We’re experts at understanding Lenders Mortgage Insurance policy with a range of LMI providers.

No LMI home loans

Did you know that some lenders will waive LMI or offer a significant discount?

These discounts are rare and there is often strict qualifying criteria.

The great news is that these LMI discounts are usually available for home loans that already have very low interest rates!

We have made agreements with some of our lenders to offer some specials to our customers.

You can view the current discounts available and qualifying criteria on our home loans with no LMI page.

Which banks are in this calculator?

Our LMI calculator can help you calculate and compare the premiums of several mortgage insurers that are used by the major banks.

Due to limitations imposed upon us by lending institutions, we can’t publish the names of the banks alongside their quoted LMI premiums.

They will simply appear as ‘Lender 1’, ‘Lender 2’, etc.

Apart from NAB and Westpac, included in the LMI calculator are:

There are also special no LMI discounts from various lenders.

The above list of lenders and lenders mortgage insurers aren’t ordered this way in our calculator’s results.

One or more major banks may be included depending on your search criteria.

If you’d like our help to find the lowest LMI premium then please call us on 1300 889 743 or fill in the details on our online assessment form.

Which lenders use Lenders Mortgage Insurance?

The following lenders use Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI):

  • Adelaide Bank
  • Advantage (Formerly known as Challenger / Interstar)
  • AMP
  • ANZ
  • Australian First Mortgage (AFM)
  • Australian Secured and Managed Mortgages (ASMM)
  • Australian Unity
  • Bank of Queensland (BQLD)
  • BankWest (BW)
  • Better Mortgage Company (BMC)
  • Better Mortgage Management (BMM)
  • Bluestone (Risk fee)
  • Citibank
  • Collins Securities
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA)
  • FirstMac
  • Heritage Building Society
  • Homeloans Limited
  • Homeside Lending
  • ING Direct (REF risk fee and LMI)
  • La Trobe Financial
  • Liberty Financial (LMP risk fee and LMI)
  • Loan Ave
  • Mainstream Capital
  • Merchant Mortgages
  • MKM Capital (Risk fee)
  • Mortgage Asset Services (MAS)
  • National Australia Bank (NAB)
  • Paramount Mortgage Services
  • Pepper Home Loans (Risk fee)
  • RAMS Home Loans
  • St George Bank (StG / SGB)
  • Suncorp Bank
  • The Rock Building Society
  • Westpac Bank (WBC)

Although our Lenders Mortgage Insurance calculator doesn’t take all of these lenders into account, you can expect that the LMI premium will be similar to the ones listed in the calculator results.

If you’d like an LMI quote for a specific lender then please contact one of our mortgage brokers on 1300 889 743.

Stamp duty on mortgage insurance

Each state government charges a duty on insurance premiums.

Please note that “risk fees”, which are used by some lenders instead of LMI, aren’t technically insurance and, as such, stamp duty doesn’t apply.

This is why there’s no stamp duty for some lenders in our calculator.

Stamp Duty on LMI is payable on the premium according to the state or territory in which the security property is located and then added to the premium:

  • NSW: 9.0% of the premium
  • VIC: 10.0% of the premium
  • QLD: 9.0% of the premium
  • SA: 11.0% of the premium
  • WA: 10.0% of the premium
  • ACT: 0% of the premium (abolished)
  • NT: 10.0% of the premium
  • TAS: 10.0% of the premium

This is not the same as the stamp duty charged on the purchase of a property.

The mortgage insurer will automatically add the stamp duty to the premium, as well as any GST, and deduct any Reduced Input Tax Credit (RITC).

Can I get an LMI refund?

Up until 2012, it was possible to ask your bank for an LMI refund if you repaid your mortgage within the first 2 years.

Since then, most lenders changed their agreements with their LMI providers.

Instead of offering an LMI refund, they simply offer a lower LMI premium to you.

So although refunds are generally no longer available, you can still thousands of dollars by simply using the LMI calculator and shopping around.

Creating an LMI quote

Our mortgage insurance calculator is updated regularly and the quotes provided are accurate.

Despite this, there are many other factors that cannot be considered by the LMI calculator generating the premium results.

Some lenders have different sets of LMI premium rates depending on the nature of your loan application or they may have premium loadings for particular loan purposes.

For an exact quote, please contact one of our mortgage brokers by calling 1300 889 743.

Our LMI calculator asks for more information than other calculators you may find online.

In this way, it can give a more accurate result by:

  • Confirming which lenders/mortgage insurers are likely to accept your mortgage application.
  • Using the state you’re in to correctly calculate the stamp duty on your LMI premium.
  • Indicating whether you may be eligible for a special discount or LMI waiver.

If you’re ready to apply for a home loan then please call us on 1300 889 743 or enquire online.

One of our mortgage brokers will give you a call to discuss the lowest LMI premiums available for your situation.

If you have any questions about Lenders Mortgage Insurance then please ask a question on our Home Loan Forum.

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