Mortgage Insurance – Dead Money or Valuable Tool?

Whilst mortgage insurance can at first glance appear to be a cheeky money grab by greedy lenders, the plain fact is that avoidance of LMI at all costs can often be a false economy, and severely curb the acquisition of further growth assets.  For me it is just a cost of doing business. 

When lenders assess your capacity to borrow they look at your available funds to complete as well as your ability to make the repayments.  If your aim is to grow your wealth by acquiring as many quality assets as possible, the only time that you should avoid paying mortgage insurance is when you will run out of serviceability before you run out of 20% deposits. 

Although mortgage insurance premiums can be quite steep, most investors would not have to pay the premium with cash – it can easily be ‘capitalized’ or added to the loan amount.  For example, you may ask for an 85% LVR, but once the premium has been added in your end LVR could be 87%. 

So if you are one of those investors who have resented LMI in the past, take another look, it could prove to be a valuable tool that can help you achieve your goals much sooner than you thought.

Ian Hosking Richards is a successful property investor with a portfolio of over 30 properties. He is the CEO and founder of Rocket Property Group, a leading independent real estate agency that helps hundreds of people each year enter the property market or grow their existing portfolios. 

READ MORE ARTICLES BY IAN

Whether you are looking to buy your first home, move home, refinance, or invest in property, a mortgage broker can help. Access loans from all the major lenders, get help with paperwork – plus there is no charge for this service. Get help from a local mortgage broker

Top Suburbs : nundah , east victoria park , torrensville , penrith , goulburn

go back

Get help with your investment property



Do you need help finding the right loan for your investment?


When investing in property, it is important to make sure that you not only have the lowest available rate that you can get, but also have the correct loan features for your needs.

Just fill in a few details below and we'll then arrange for a local Aussie Mortgage Broker to contact you and work out what features or types of loans are right for your needs. We'll even help with the paperwork. Plus and appointment is free.

How soon would you like a mortgage?
What is your Annual Household Income i $
Do you currently own any Investment Properties?
Do you own your own residence?
How much equity do you have in all your current properties?
First Name
Last Name
Where do you live?
What number can we reach you on?
E-mail address
We value your privacy and treat all your information seriously - you can check out our privacy policy here