Lenders Mortgage Insurance
Historically, lenders wouldn't approve loans where the loan value ratio (LVR) was higher than 80% as it was considered too risky. The introduction of LMI means that lenders are able to approve loans up to an LVR of 95%, allowing borrowers to access funds and purchase property quicker.
Any application where the LVR is over 80% results in mortgage insurance being required. The cost of the insurance is paid by the borrower, however it is not an upfront cost, as it comes out of the loan amount. The cost of the insurance depends on how much is borrowed. Essentially, the higher the loan value ratio, the higher the mortgage insurance.
This information has been prepared without taking into account your individual objectives, financial situation or needs. You should, before acting on this information, consider its appropriateness to your circumstances.
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