QBE has announced an increase in the cost of lenders mortgage insurance (LMI) for property investors with the surcharge (or pricing loader) rising from 7% to 12%, reports the Australian Financial Review
LMI for owner-occupiers will remain as is with the 8% first home buyer discount being extended to mortgages up to $1.2 million.
This is the first increase in three years, a QBE spokesperson said.
“Our experience shows first home buyers perform better than our average portfolio and we are pleased to continue to provide an 8% discount. The premium loading for investors has been increased to 12%, reflecting increased risk compared to lending to owner-occupiers.”
The minimum fee for QBE’s new and existing LMI products will also increase to $950.
Despite these changes, the firm will remain competitive, the spokesperson said.
A spokesperson from Genworth told AFR
the firm had increased rates by 5% in the first half of 2016. The firm provides LMI for National Australia Bank, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and over 100 smaller lenders.
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