Can I avoid LMI?
Unlike 90% or 95% home loans, the qualifying criteria is less strict and the Lenders Mortgage Insurance is significantly cheaper when it comes to an 85% home loan.
In fact, the LMI premium can even be waived!
Two of our lenders can help!
- Max loan $1,000,000 at 85%.
- Max $1,500,000 in total loans with no LMI.
- You must have a clear credit history.
- You may need to meet minimum income criteria with some lenders.
- This is for low risk borrowers only, strict criteria apply.
This is an unbelievable discount that could save you thousands of dollars in mortgage insurance!
You can read the eligibility criteria on our no LMI page.
Interestingly, if you meet the strict lending criteria, you can even qualify for a 100% home loan with no LMI and no guarantor available exclusively for professionals (higher interest rate applies).
Call us on 1300 889 743 or enquire online for more information.
Do I qualify for an 85% home loan?
These days, banks are becoming more particular about the customers that they lend to.
So what are Australian lenders looking for?
- Clear credit history: This means that your credit file has no blemishes whatsoever and you have paid all of your bills such as rent, credit cards, personal loans and other debts on time, every time for the last 6 months.
- Stable employment: In most cases, you must have been in your current job for the past 6 months or more to qualify but sometimes an exception can be made to this policy.
- An excellent income: Lenders are more conservative when assessing your ability to repay any loan over 80% of the property value.
- Strong asset position: Lenders want to see that you have a good asset position relative to your age and income.
- Genuine savings: Many lenders require you to have saved 5% of the purchase price but not every lender has this requirement! Some will allow you to borrow with no genuine savings!
If you don’t fit the box then please enquire online to speak with one of our mortgage brokers that specialises in loans over 80% of the property value.
85% No LMI
$0 LMI for home buyers
A non-bank lender is offering $0 LMI for home loans up to 85% LVR.
The lender is accepting applications between 24 September 2020 and 29 November 2020.
The home loan must be settled by 30 May 2021.
The $0 LMI offer is available for:
- First home buyers or existing homeowners upgrading to a new property.
- Borrowers who have at least a 15% deposit of the property valuation.
- Those purchasing a new owner-occupied property.
$1 LMI for first home buyers
A non-major lender is offering a $1 LMI offer for first home buyers who are borrowing 85% of the property value.
The offer is effective from 13 July 2020 with the following eligibility criteria:
- You must be a first home buyer. (If it’s a joint application, then one of the applicants must be a first home buyer)
- The maximum loan size is $850,000 with an LVR of 85%.
Please note that this offer is not an LMI waiver. You are required to pay $1 in LMI fees and are subject to LMI approval.
To find out if you’re eligible for either offer, please call us on 1300 889 743 or fill in our free assessment form.
Waived LMI or a negotiated interest rate?
What are the LMI premium rates on an 85% LVR home loan?
Here are the LMI rates for different home loan sizes from one of our banks:
- Up to $300,000: 0.70%
- Up to $500,000: 0.97%
- Up to $1,000,000: 1.42%
- Over $1,000,000: 1.53%
If you’re borrowing up to $500,000 it’s usually better to get a negotiated interest rate!
The cost of LMI is relatively low and an interest rate discount can easily beat the saving in your mortgage insurance premium.
If you’re borrowing over $500,000 or can pay off the loan quickly then it’s best to apply for a lender with no LMI!
Once you’ve paid the loan off to 80% of your property’s value or your property has grown in value then you can refinance to a low rate home loan.
Please call us on 1300 889 743 or enquire online and we’ll work out the best option for you.
Tips for borrowing up to 85%
Most people who borrow over 80% of the property value know the importance of shopping around to get a good deal.
What is it you should be looking for when comparing mortgages?
- Do you meet the lender’s credit criteria? In particular, does the lender have a genuine savings policy (read below for more information).
- Have you compared the LMI? One of our lenders will waive the LMI for loans up to 85% of the property value. If you qualify for this offer you can save thousands!
- Will your lender allow you to capitalise the LMI premium?
- In addition to this, don’t forget to compare all other aspects of the loan such as the interest rate, repayment terms, features and to ask about any hidden fees or charges.
Do I need genuine savings?
Some lenders require evidence that you have saved 5% of the purchase price in either a savings account, shares or a term deposit.
However, other lenders can consider a gift from your parents or a lump sum deposit as evidence of savings!
This means that, in most cases, you can borrow 85% with no genuine savings.
Speak to our mortgage brokers on 1300 889 743 or enquire online and a member of our expert team will help you get the best package!
Compare the LMI, not just the rate
Did you know that each lender has different LMI premium rates?
Often two loans with the same rate will actually have very different LMI premiums and, in some cases, the difference can be in the thousands of dollars.
We recommend that you use our LMI premium calculator to compare lenders and find out how much you are likely to pay in LMI.
Did you know that very low risk borrowers may be eligible for significantly discounted LMI?
The criteria for this type of loan is very strict so find out more on our discounted LMI page.
Many people who apply for an 85% loan can qualify for a special LMI discount or pay no LMI at all!
These discounts are only available from a select few lenders that are in a good funding positions.
Which lenders are most competitive?
Each lenders’ pricing changes on a regular basis.
We recommend that you call us or enquire online so one of our mortgage brokers can help you to compare the different options available.
How big of a deposit do I need?
As a general rule, first home buyers will need around 15% of the purchase price in funds to be able to make up the shortfall between the loan and the purchase price.
Second home buyers and investors will generally need 19% of the purchase price.
This amount can vary depending on the first home owner grants and stamp duty rates applicable for your state.
Talk to a specialist mortgage broker
Our mortgage brokers are extensively trained in comparing loans that are for over 80% of the property value.
Did you know that most other mortgage brokers are not even aware that each lender charges different LMI premiums?
Fewer still actually compare LMI as part of the loan selection process!
Please call us or enquire online and one of our expert mortgage brokers can help you to get pre-approved for an 85% home loan.