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LVR, LMI, Comparison rate, interest only, conveyancing and more! When we were researching our home loan options, we kept seeing all this jargon everywhere. Everyone else seemed to know what LMI meant but we…erm.. weren’t so clear. We’ve created a whole page for people like us that like their answers without a side of gobbledygook.
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- 1. Is it more expensive for me to use you instead of going directly to the bank?
Absolutely not. By using Hihome to apply for your loan, we can often get you better rates than what you could by going directly to your bank. First, we’ll show you the lowest rates from over 40 lenders, then we get some info, do lots more research, and find the one best option. Finally, we’ll negotiate with the bank to get you an even better rate, if possible.
You never pay more than you would by going directly to the bank, but often end up paying a lot less - by going with a different bank, or paying a lower rate, or both! ?
- 2. What is LMI?
LMI stands for Lender’s Mortgage Insurance. This protects the bank in case you default on your home loan. This is an additional charge, typically if your deposit is less than 20% of the purchase price.
If you want to buy a property for $500,000 and have $50,000 (10%) saved for a deposit, the bank may charge you LMI. LMI is a once-off payment, and can often be added to your loan amount.
- 3. What is LVR?
LVR stands for Loan to Value Ratio. The amount of money that a bank will lend you based on how much the property is worth. For example, an 80% LVR means the bank is willing to lend up to 80% of what the property is worth. If you’re buying a property for $500,000, an 80% LVR loan is $400,000. In this example, you would need to have $100,000 (20% of $500,000) saved up for a deposit.