Know the difference between lenders’ mortgage insurance and mortgage protection insurance


If you’re a first home buyer and new to the property market, it’s easy to confuse mortgage insurance and mortgage protection insurance. But there’s a big difference between them – one protects your lender and one protects you.

Lenders’ mortgage insurance

Mortgage insurance, commonly referred to as lenders’ mortgage insurance (LMI), is taken out by your lender to protect them if you default on your mortgage and your home is repossessed. After assessing a successful claim, the insurer will pay the lender the difference between the sale price and the outstanding amount on the loan.

Lenders are legally required to take out LMI. Generally, where lenders are lending to someone who has a deposit of 20% or less of the property value, they will pass on the LMI premium to the borrower.

Lenders’ mortgage insurance can be expensive, but if your deposit is lower than 20% you will likely be required to pay it. The advantage is that it allows borrowers with smaller deposits to get into the property market sooner without having to wait to save a 20% deposit.

Mortgage protection insurance

Although you might be asked to pay a LMI premium on top of your home loan, the LMI doesn’t protect you. You will need to take out separate mortgage protection insurance in order to protect you in the event that you are unable to make your home loan repayments. Mortgage protection insurance is usually sold as an add-on to life or income insurance.

Mortgage protection insurance is not sold as part of your home loan package. You should seek independent advice from a financial advisor who is experienced in insurance products and can talk to you about your coverage needs.

Get the right advice

A MoneyQuest mortgage broker can help you factor the price of your LMI premium into your home loan and we can also talk to you about mortgage protection insurance.



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