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LMI Calculator

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WARNING: This comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate.

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, you can then call us to discuss the available options and let us know which mortgage you would prefer to apply for.

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

If you would like to know the cheapest LMI premium available for your loan then please enquire online or call us on 1300 889 743 and 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 is 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 loan that you cannot get approved for!

Mortgage insurers are more likely to decline your loan based on two factors: you do not meet their genuine savings or you do not meet their credit scoring criteria.

If you’re just researching then you may like to use our genuine savings calculator and our credit score calculator to find out how the banks will assess your application.

Are you ready to apply for a home loan? Simply call us on 1300 889 743 or complete our free online 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 our above calculator, you’ll see that there is no one lender that has the cheapest mortgage insurance.

For example, NAB may offer the cheapest LMI for someone but Westpac may be cheapest option for you.

It is common for first home buyers, investors, refinancers and upgraders to get better 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.

No LMI home loans

Did you know that some lenders will waive the 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.

  • 85% home loans with no LMI are available for all professions. Waived LMI up to 90% is available to select professionals only.
  • Doctors are eligible for the highest loan amounts without having to pay LMI.
  • Lawyers, solicitors and barristers are eligible for waived LMI in some circumstances.
  • Engineers, surveyors, mine surveyors, quantity surveyors, geologists and geophysicists who work in the mining or resource sector are eligible for waived LMI in some circumstances.
  • Accountants, finance managers, auditors and actuaries are eligible for waived LMI in some circumstances.

You can view the current discounts available and qualifying criteria on our home loans with no LMI page. You can learn more about Lenders Mortgage Insurance on our main 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 cannot publish the names of the banks alongside their quoted LMI premiums.

The following LMI providers are included in our calculations:

  • Genworth Financial.
  • QBE LMI (Formerly PMI).
  • St George Insurance (SGI).
  • Westpac LMI (WLMI).
  • ANZ LMI.
  • ING Reduced Equity Fee (REF).
  • Special no LMI discounts from various lenders.
  • One or more major banks may be included depending on your search criteria.

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

If you would like our help to find the lowest LMI premium then please call us on 1300 889 743 or fill out the details on our LMI quote 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 for most of them the LMI premium will be similar to the ones listed above.

If you would 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, are not technically insurance and, as such, stamp duty does not apply. This is why there is 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 is 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).

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 this calculator when formulating your premium.

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 application.
  • Using the state you are 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 are ready to apply for a home loan then please call us on 1300 889 743 or enquire online using our LMI quote page and 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 but you aren’t quite ready to apply for a home loan then please ask a question on our Home Loan Forum.

  • John Kafka

    Hey, What is the least LMI that I have to pay for a home loan. Is there any way I can avoid the LMI altogether?

  • Hi John, if you are borrowing upto 85% there are few lenders who might waive LMI if you meet their conditions. Moreover, we might be able to waive LMI for you upto 90% depending on your profession and meeting a few criteria. Apart from that, the only way to waive LMI altogether is to have someone guarantee your loan. In which case, you can borrow upto 105% with no LMI

  • Jenish

    Is LMI premium same for all lenders?

  • HI Jenish,

    Some lenders have different sets of LMI premium rates depending on the nature of the 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.

  • Flederick

    Hi, I’m in the entertainment industry and even if my earning can be a bit inconsistent if you look at it monthly, I’m doing pretty good and have consistent numbers yearly. This calculator showed that I’ll likely be paying $32k in LMI but I would so much like to avoid it altogether!

  • Hey Flederick,

    No LMI home loans and interest rate discounts are available for entertainment professionals. You can check out the home loan for entertainment professionals page to find out how you can qualify:

  • Michelle

    Hi, I have a 5% deposit and also extra money aside to cover all of the estimated upfront costs. LMI will apply to me but I was looking at getting that on top of the loan. This will be my first home, and I won’t be buying brand new. I’m in Qld. Would it be difficult for me to get a loan? I have no other debts other than a credit card.

  • Hi Michelle,
    Based on what you’ve said it looks like you should easily qualify. The only part that may be a problem is that many banks won’t allow you to borrow 95% + LMI but instead limit your loan to 95% including LMI which means you really get around 92%.
    We have several options that allow you to borrow 95% + LMI so this will be fine.
    If you’d like our help then please contact us
    Best of luck with your new home!

  • Michelle

    Thank you. So I’m better off saving the lmi separately and paying it upfront maybe?

  • Actually it’s cheaper to capitalise the LMI. That means to add it onto the loan amount. You would qualify for a great rate now so I don’t think there is any need to wait and save more. Particularly if you are in a property market where prices are rising (even slowly) as the cost of waiting is more than the cost of LMI

  • Michelle

    I think the main thing is I have saved the 5% for the max I want to borrow but intend on getting a home that’s cheaper. I know my wage can cover a mortgage if about 1300 a fn and still be comfortable. Thank you for your advice.