Soniez Group

Investment Loan

We can negotiate a great interest rate for you!

You want to invest in property but does your investment loan match your long-term financial goals?

Learn how you can maximise your borrowing power and achieve your investment goals faster!

Will I qualify for a loan?

The approval criteria for investment loans is quite complicated especially if negative gearing benefits are required to prove that you can afford the loan.

Investment loans are generally a higher risk than standard home loans and, as such, you need to be in a strong financial position to qualify.

The basic lending criteria are:

If you think that you will qualify for an investment loan please call us now on 1800 771 900 to talk to a broker or enquire online and one of our mortgage brokers will contact you to discuss your options.

Which lenders can help?

From an Australian bank’s point of view, investors who tend to borrow more are considered to be higher value clients.

However, an investment loan is typically a higher risk to the bank.

For example, if you had a home loan secured by your home and an investment loan secured by your investment property, which would you pay for first if you were in financial strife?

In the event that the bank has to sell your investment property to recover your debt, they may have problems with the tenants refusing to move out or destroying the property. It is for these reasons that banks tend to have lower LVRs (lend less as a percentage of your property value) and stricter lending guidelines!

Therefore, it is important to find a bank that encourages investors, not one that has a conservative view of investment loans. We know which banks like dealing with property investors, do you?

In Australia a range of both Bank and Non-Bank lenders can consider 95% investment loans. Each lender has different qualifying criteria, so we don’t recommend any lenders until we have seen your full details and assessed your capacity to borrow.

Increase your borrowing capacity!

To increase your borrowing power, follow these simple tips:

Be aware though that we believe in responsible borrowing and will not help you obtain an investment loan if, in our opinion, it will put you in financial difficulty.

If you would like to find out how much you can borrow from several different lenders then please call us now on 1800 771 900 to talk to a broker or enquire online and one of our mortgage brokers will contact you to discuss your options.

Apply for an investment loan today!

The right investment home loan really depends on your particular financial goals.

There are many different borrowing options and strategies available.

Call us on 1800 771 900 or enquire online to speak to one of our mortgage brokers who can compare the mortgages available from several lenders.

We recommend that you seek independent financial advice before borrowing money to invest.

Bank lending policy

Not necessarily. While it might seem difficult to get approved for an investment loan, it’s not impossible. Here are some things to remember:

Our team of mortgage experts has years of experience working with lenders and knows the ins and outs of their policies. We can help you work out a plan that will increase your chances of being approved for an investment loan.

Not every type of property is acceptable to the banks. As a general rule, your property should meet the below criteria:

If your property does not meet the above criteria then please read our property types page for information on how to borrow on other types of investment properties

All loan types are available:

Yes! Investment professional package and investment basic loan discounts are available!

Investment loans also have all of the same features as other loans:

Our brokers can find you a great deal on your investment loan based on your situation.

Call us on 1800 771 900 or enquire online today!

All investment purposes are acceptable to our lenders, provided they are legal.

Investment loans can be used to invest in property, shares, managed funds, options or business.

This loan is for anyone who wants to borrow to invest.

Most investors tend to be professionals with high taxable incomes.

Borrowing 95% for an investment property is only suitable for people in a strong financial position who have either learnt about property investment or who have experience building a property portfolio.

Is not for someone with a poor credit history, as investment loans are so expensive that you will not make a decent return on your investment.

The maximum interest only term available in Australia is 15 years.

The majority of lenders however will only allow a 5 year interest only period, with a select few offering 10 years and only two offering a 15 year interest only period.

Many investors prefer to have interest only investment loans as this reduces the drain on their monthly cashflow and allows them to better allocate their money to buy new investments or to fund their lifestyle.

95% investment loans

Did you know that some lenders will allow you to borrow 95% of the purchase price of your new investment property?

You can even borrow the cost of mortgage insurance as well.

This means that as long as you have 5% in savings to cover the deposit and around another 4% or 5% to cover purchasing costs, you can buy your next investment property!

However, this type of loan is considered to be very high risk y the banks so you will need to be in a strong financial position in order to get approval.

Some lenders will require you to make P&I repayments until you owe less than 90% of the property value.

Almost all lenders will require you to prove that you have 5% in genuine savings and some may require you to have 20% equity in another property.

Do you need help getting approval for a 95% investment mortgage?

Please call us now on 1800 771 900 or enquire online and one of our mortgage brokers can help you to get approved!

90% investment loans

Borrowing 90% of the value of your investment property is considered to be a much lower risk to the bank than a 95% LVR mortgage. For this reason, it is easier to get approval and almost all lenders will allow you to make interest only repayments.

The cost of lenders mortgage insurance (LMI) is lower and you may find more lenders willing to make an exception to their normal credit criteria.

Capitalising LMI to 97%

Some mortgage insurers no longer allow investors to borrow 95% plus LMI. Instead, their loans are limited to 95% including LMI.

Unfortunately, this increases the size of a deposit required by approximately 2%. For a $500,000 investment property this would mean that you need an additional $10,000 in savings.

However, some lenders have agreements with their mortgage insurers to still be able to lend up to 97% including the LMI premium.

How can I borrow 100% for an investment property?

There are only two ways you can get approval for a 100% investment property loan:

1. Investment guarantor loan

If your parents can guarantee your loan using their property as security then you can borrow 105% of the purchase price and pay no LMI. You can read more about this on our family guarantee page.

2. Using another property as security

If you own another property then you can use the equity in that property as a deposit for your next investment purchase. Effectively, you can borrow 100% or 105% of the purchase price.

If you don’t have a guarantor or don’t have equity in another property, then you can only borrow a maximum of 95% of the property value.

Do you need help getting approval for a 100% investment mortgage?

Please call us now on 1800 771 900 or enquire online and one of our mortgage brokers can help you to get approved!

Learn more about investing in property

When investing in a property it is important to be well informed.

The following pages will help you to better understand investment property:

What is negative gearing?

Negative gearing is when you borrow to invest then, at the end of the year, your interest and running costs add up to more than your investment income. Effectively, you make a loss.

The aim of this strategy is to benefit from getting into the market early and over time, increasing your investment income to cover your expenses.

In the meantime, you are normally permitted to claim the net loss as a tax deduction against your other income.

For investors with a high taxable income this strategy works well as the capital gains and tax benefits usually outweigh the holding costs.

If you are on a lower income however, then another strategy may suit you better.

Always seek independent financial advice when deciding on an investment strategy.

Advantages of investing in property

Investing in property has a variety of benefits including providing security and potentially producing greater returns than other forms of investment.

Some notable advantages include:

Disadvantages of investing in property

The key is to remain informed and to get expert advice.

Costs associated with investing in property

Before deciding whether to invest in the property market, it is important to understand the costs associated with property ownership.

There are a variety of fees and charges that you will be required to pay when you decide to purchase. These include:

Ongoing costs

Once you own the property you will be required to pay a variety of fees while other additional costs may also arise:

Consider the establishment costs and other ongoing costs of property ownership, when deciding whether to invest.

You should have a plan and a budget and make sure that you discuss this with a financial planner.

They can help you assess whether you will have the funds to cover the costs of investment property ownership.

Why property investment?

Are you looking to buy an asset for some extra passive income and the potential tax benefits? Investment properties are the answer!

The big plus with property investments is that they are highly leveraged. Utilising leverage means that with a minimal amount of funds available, you can magnify your potential return!

Potential tax benefits are another reason why so many people invest in real estate.

Interest charged on an investment loan is generally tax deductible and property investment reduces your tax bill, therefore, reducing the holding costs of your investment property!

Many first home buyers choose to buy an investment property before they buy their first home.

Your borrowing capacity is usually higher with an investment home loan, therefore you can purchase your desired home now, rent it out and move in later when you can afford it!

Investing in shares or a business

Yes, you can release equity from your current properties to invest in pretty much anything! Shares, business, options, bonds and anything else that banks would consider to be a worthy investment.

Did you know that a residential secured investment loan is cheaper than a margin loan?

By using your home or investment property as security you can avoid margin calls and save on interest!

Some banks have restrictive cash out policies that may limit your share market investing.

Please talk to us on 1800 771 900 or enquire online to find out which lenders can help with your investment loan.

As long as you are aware of the risks associated with your investment opportunities, we can help you apply for a mortgage!