What you should know about Lenders Mortgage Insurance

Lenders Mortgage Insurance protects a lender against potential loss in the event of a default on the loan and subsequent mortgagee sale.


LMI is arranged by the lender, not the borrower, however the borrower pays for it.

It can sometimes be included in the loaned amount, although for high LVR applications, it is now less commonly allowed to be capitalized, as many lenders have clamped down on this practice.

If a borrower is unable to continue to make loan repayments, the property will need to be sold.

If the realized price is less than the loan amount still outstanding, the difference will be paid by the mortgage insurer.

In the case of an ultimate loss or shortfall, an insurer may take action against the borrower to cover the shortfall.

Most lenders mortgage insure their loans over an LVR of 80% but some use a lower LVR depending on the nature of the property and the borrower.

With low doc loans, paying LMI on an LVR of 60% is common with some lenders, particularly with many lenders only lending to a maximum of 60% to lo doc borrowers.

Some lenders insure all of their loans, generally as a requirement for securitisation.

However it is more typical for lenders to insure loans approved primarily for the purchase, construction or re-financing of residential real estate, including vacant land.

The loan purpose may also include home-related items, ie renovations, furnishings and other personal loan/investment expenditure.

If an LMI provider assesses the application and then declines to issue the insurance for an approved loan, the lender is likely to rescind its approval.

The following loan purposes are excluded by Mortgage Insurers:

·     Loans to raise working capital

·     Loans to pay tax liabilities

·     Construction loans for owner builders (generally)

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Marlene Liontis & Jason Gwerder
Tuesday, 3 March 2020

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