Case study — first homebuyers

Roger and Ben have been renting their beachside apartment for over seven years. Last week they were advised by their real estate agent that the owner was selling and they had to move out of their beloved unit.

While researching other rental properties in the area they were surprised at the prices and realised that they had had a good deal with very low rent for some time.

Both agreed they did not want to pay the extra amount for rent, especially as it was paying off someone else’s mortgage, so they started to look at properties for sale. Unsure how much they could afford to borrow, they completed more research online, found a broker and made an appointment. The broker went through their finances and talked them through their options. Together they had saved $42,000 and Roger was in the process of selling his car boosting their savings to $54,000.

The broker explained that they could afford to purchase a property with their savings and using Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI) provided by Genworth, for up to $540,000. Using their savings which would provide them with a 10% deposit means they could easily find a unit in their preferred location. “We couldn’t believe how easy it was. I don’t know why we didn’t think about getting into the property market sooner.” said Ben

About LMI

  • Traditionally, lenders require borrowers to have at least a 20% deposit, however by using LMI, lenders are able to offer lower deposit home loans
  • As LMI protects lenders from the risk of mortgage default, it enables them to lend a higher level of the security value
  • LMI has a one-off premium paid up-front but, in most cases, it can be capitalised into the loan
  • Your lender will advise you if your loan requires LMI and will prepare all the necessary documentation. To qualify for LMI, your lender will check that you are able to meet regular mortgage repayments, and meet relevant credit policy. Your lender is your sole point of contact if you have any questions regarding the LMI cover provided in respect of your loan
  • Genworth is a leading provider of LMI in Australia
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The benefits of LMI

  • Enabled Roger and Ben to buy their own home years sooner than would have otherwise been possible, entering into the property market with just a 10% deposit
  • Roger and Ben were able to escape the ‘rental trap’ and start building equity sooner by owning their own home
  • Allowed Roger and Ben to start benefiting from potential house price appreciation sooner
  • By capitalising the cost of LMI into their loan, they didn’t need to save more to pay an up-front premium.

How they crunched the numbers

  • We’ve saved a deposit of $54,000*
  • We used LMI to get a loan for $486,000**
  • To buy our dream home for $540,000
  • For monthly repayments of $2685***
  • Including an LMI cost of just $47pm***
* excludes stamp duty and other costs of purchase ** 30-year term, assuming a rate of 5.1% p.a. *** monthly, when capitalised