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Lenders Mortgage Insurance

This is all hypothetical of course however that is what most insurance policies are based around, a cover just in case the worst happens even though we all hope it never does.

Depending on how much deposit you have managed to save you may need to pay LMI on your loan. If you have saved up a 20% deposit plus stamp duty, or you have a property with available security to the same value then you won’t need any LMI as you are borrowing 80% or less of the value of the property.

Anything over 80% will incur an LMI charge and unfortunately the cost depends on the amount you are borrowing and the value of the property. There are calculators available or you can contact your Lender for an estimate.

Rest assure, LMI seems like a bad thing but without it so many people would be unable to get into the property market and whilst it is an added expense, the fee is charged to your loan after funding so it’s not more cash you need to come up with.

LMI is a great help to anyone who hasn’t saved the 20% deposit to get into their home however there is another option worth considering and that is using a security guarantor. This is when a guarantor can use cash or property as security to avoid paying any LMI.