The amazing deals banks offer to dentists!

Dentists and other dental practitioners may be eligible for special discounts on their home loan, including:

  • Borrow up to 100% with waived LMI: Borrow up to 100% of the property value and avoid Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI)
  • Interest rate discounts that aren’t available to the general public.
  • Higher exposure limits for investors with several properties and want to continue growing their portfolio.
  • Flexible credit criteria for new graduates and new dental clinics.

Speak to our mortgage brokers by calling 1300 889 743 or fill in our free assessment form to find out if you qualify for special home loans for dentists.

Which professions are preferred?

You’ll have a better chance of qualifying for dentist home loan discounts if you’re one of the following professionals:

  • Dentist
  • Dental specialist
  • Anesthesiologist
  • Anaesthetist
  • Oral Surgeon
  • Orthodontist

Are you member of a dental association?

You typically need to be a member of either the Australian Dental Association (ADA) or the Australian Dental Council (ADC).

However, other industry associations may be accepted.

Interest rate discounts

The size of the discount that we can get you will depend on if you are a member of the Australian Dental Association (ADA), your salary, rent income and the amount that you are borrowing.

Larger home loans will attract a sharper interest rate.

You can view our interest rates page to see which discounts are available for larger home loan sizes and fixed rate loans.

Larger discounts than those published on our website may be available by negotiation with our lenders.

100% no LMI home loans

Buying your first home can be a challenge.

Most first home buyers have a small deposit and are just starting out in their careers.

Unfortunately, if you don’t have a 20% deposit then the banks see you as a higher risk and insure your loan using Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI).

It can cost you literally thousands of dollars!

Luckily for dentists, they’re seen as low risk borrowers so some of our lenders allow you to borrow 100% of the property with waived LMI.

How do you qualify for a 100% no LMI?

  • Your home loan must not exceed 100% of the purchase price (100% LVR).
  • You must be a member of the Australian Dental Association (ADA) or other acceptable medical association.
  • You must be a dentist, periodontist, ear and throat surgeon or oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
  • There is no minimum income requirement.
  • Your application must be within normal bank policy.

Dental hygienists and other staff that work in a dental clinic are not eligible for waived LMI but they may be eligible for a reduced interest rate.

Talk to our mortgage brokers by calling 1300 889 743 or complete our free assessment form to find out which bank is the best for you.

Can I use this to build a property portfolio?


Many dentists use waived LMI to buy several investment properties and very quickly build their portfolios.

Never be a victim of opportunity cost again!

You can borrow up to $4,500,000 in total through one of our lenders and over $2,000,000 with another.

That’s a total of $6,500,000 in home loans which can allow you to buy up to $7,000,000 worth of property without paying any LMI.

If you decide to buy a large number of properties then you should consider income protection, life and Total Permanent Disability insurance to protect yourself in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

It’s fine to invest aggressively if you manage your risk.

Which bank is best for mortgages for dentists?

There are three lenders that offer exceptional discounts for dentists.

Choosing the right lender depends on:

  • The size of your deposit.
  • The number of properties that you plan to buy.
  • The complexity of your situation e.g. trusts, self-managed superannuation funds and company structures.
  • If you plan to open your own dental clinic or expand your existing business.
  • If you are a member of the Australian Dental Association (ADA).
  • If you and your partner have an unusual situation that is outside bank policy.

In some cases, it is best to split up your loans for different properties between different lenders to maximise your benefits.

Finance for dental clinics

When you decide to open your own clinic, it’s possible to obtain a dental practice loan that will allow you to borrow 100% of the commercial property value including the fit-out and dental equipment.

Banks believe that dentistry is a stable, profitable industry and they want to help you to build your business.

This is a vastly different approach to the way they finance other businesses, focusing a lot more on risk, instead.

How do you earn a living?

In some cases, dentists and dental practitioners have unusual income structures that are not accepted by all banks.

Typically, this includes dentists that are receiving medicare income guarantees, are self employed or work as a contractor, or have a partnership style business.

For example, it’s not uncommon for dentists to be contractors or sub contractors for a hospital.

That’s because workloads at clinics can change regularly, requiring a need for dental professionals to be “on call” or employed on a locum basis.

Ultimately, it depends on the terms and conditions of your work arrangement. Just because you have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and a registered business name doesn’t mean you’re a contractor in the traditional sense of the word.

For example, you may invoice for work done but will still be considered an employee for tax purposes.

As long as you can provide evidence of regular and ongoing income then you can usually find a lender that can accept your home loan application.

Example of a subcontractor working for a private clinic

The situation

After completing her degree and training in orthodontology, Dr Rebecca spent 3 years working at one of Queensland’s largest dental practices.

With dreams of a better work life balance so she could travel the world, she felt she had the skills to subcontract to other private clinics.

After speaking to an accountant and organising her Australian Business Number (ABN), Dr Rebecca won a contract to work full-time at a local family and cosmetic dentistry.

With guaranteed work from her employer, she quit her PAYG role in early September.

Dr Rebecca was earning a signficantly higher income subcontracting and enjoying the flexibility of being able to take more holidays.

Around August the following year, she decided that she want to buy an investment property.

After providing her financials for your home loan application, she hit a wall with her application.

Firstly, she had only been working as a subcontractor for less than one financial year.

Most lenders require that you be earning a regular income from contract work for at least 2-3 years.

Secondly, her PAYG income on her Notice of Assessment (NOA) only showed $27,000 because she had quit her full-time role in September.

To the bank, her income showed that she wasn’t earning enough to afford or “service” a home loan.

This is despite the fact that she was earning around $114,000 per annum or around $10,000 per month.

It was a classic case of a bank showing no common sense.

The solution

Not sure what to do, Dr Rebecca spoke to a mortgage broker that specialised in helping self-employed medial professionals.

There are many doctors, dentists and optometrists that subcontract their skills and time to a number of practices and we see this on a regular basis.

At the request of the broker, Dr Rebecca was able to provide consecutive payslips for May and June showing the services provided to clients at the clinic.

Here is an example of what one of her payslips looked like.

Her payslips clearly showed the company logo on the letterhead as well as the company ABN and her commission rate.

Speaking with the relationship manager at the bank, her broker was able to show that she had been working in the dental industry for the past 3 years prior to switching to subcontracting.

He was able to do this by providing the bank with her last 3 years NOAs.


By explaining her case to the bank using common sense, the mortgage broker was able to convince the bank to take into account her income from her previous role.

This is a signficant exception to the lending policies of most banks.

In this way, Dr Rebecca was able to get pre-approved and borrow 100% of the property on a $1.17 million.

Because of her profession, she saved more than $31,000 with a mortgage insurance waiver and made further savings with a significant interest rate discount.

Apply for a dentist mortgage

Would you like to buy a home or investment property?

Find out which bank will give the best discounts on home loans for dentists and dental practitioners!

Call us on 1300 889 743 or complete our free assessment form today.

  • Skinner

    I’m actually an ENT specialist so can I qualify for the same waived LMI offers?

  • Hi Skinner,

    Yes, you can qualify for no LMI home loan offers but do note that you must not be borrowing more than 90% of the property value, you must be a member of an acceptable industry association and you must be able to meet all other standard bank lending criteria.

  • Claire T

    I am a dentist running my own business by myself – no staff. I have genuine savings and earn at least $15k a month. I want to buy a $1 million property through a no LMI home loan at 90% LVR. Will this be possible?

  • Hello Claire T,

    Yes, this is possible. We will need you to provide a few docs such as 6 months’ invoices and bank statements to verify your income and a contractor employment letter saying you have no staff and no expenses. We know a couple of lenders that can lend a no LMI dentist home loan so please call 1300 889 743 to discuss with one of our mortgage brokers, or enquire online:

  • Smithh

    What is the max amount that I can borrow to buy a single or maybe multiple properties and still be able to avoid mortgage insurance?

  • Hey Smithh,

    You may be able to borrow up to $4.5 mil in total through one of our lenders and then over $2 mil with another. This will give you a total of $6.5 mil to buy up to $7 mil of property and avoid mortgage insurance while you’re at it. Do note that if you decide to buy a large number of properties then you should consider income protection, life and Total Permanent Disability insurance to protect yourself in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

  • R. Walker

    I’m a pediatric dentist and a member of the Australian Dental Association. I’d like to secure finance to open my own practice. Will it be possible to also finance the fit-out and equipment costs?

  • Hi Walker,
    Yes, with a dental practice business loan, it is possible to borrow up to 100% of the business value including the fit-out and equipment costs. To qualify, you’ll need to have a strong business plan, be a part of the Australian Health Practioner Regulation Agency (APRAH) and be able to provide the required security (residential / commercial property that you own, registered fixed and floating charge over the practice, and a director’s guarantee). Please check out this page to learn in detail:

  • Linus

    Will I need to be working in the public sector to qualify for waived LMI?

  • No, you can qualify for waived LMI and other professional home loan discounts whether you’re in the public or the private sector.

  • Trippier

    I’m a dentist in private practice since March last year but being self-employed, it has been difficult to get a home loan. Would you guys be able to help me out? (I’m looking to buy a property in the range of $500,000 and have around $180,000 towards the purchase).

  • Hi Trippier,
    As self employed full doc loans require 2 years business financials, it’s tough to get you a full-doc loan. One of our lenders can approve loans for people who have been self employed for between one and two years as long as they have been in the same line of work for some time and have at least one year’s financials for the new business. Talk to our mortgage brokers by calling 1300 889 743 or complete our free assessment form to find out if you qualify.

  • Daniel26

    I am a dental specialist and I run my own clinic in Brisbane. I want to buy a property in the range of $700,000 and have started looking for one. This’ll be my first home. Recently, I found one chic property and it is advertised for $695,000 and I have a deposit of $60,000. Can I get an home loan without having to pay for the LMI?

  • Hi Daniel,
    Some lenders waive Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI) for dentists and other medical professionals borrowing up to 90% of the property value. In your case, if you can come up with the remaining $9,500 and other applicable costs like stamp duty and conveyancing costs (another 3-4% of the purchase price), then you don’t have to pay any LMI. You can also use the equity in your house or ask your parents for a gifted deposit to cover the shortfall. Complete our free assessment form or call us on 1300 889 743 to discuss your situation with one of our medico specialist mortgage brokers.

  • Mark52

    I’m an advertising specialist with Ogilvy Australia. I’m on a short-term TSS visa – subclass 190. I want to buy a property in Sydney in the range of $600,000. Can I still get a home loan if I’m in the short-term or STSOL stream (1-2 years)?