When it comes to saving on your mortgage, a number of you may be eligible for discounts simple based on your profession. Particularly those professions that lenders see as “low risk”.

Which professions get the discounts?

Accountants, lawyers and teachers are commonly eligible for home loan discounts, or particular loan types without fees, based on their professions. The benefits differ depending on specific profession.

An example of this is the slowing down of the mining industry in 2015, which saw mining engineers lose their ‘in demand’ status and their profession-based discounts.

Doctors get the best benefits (generally)

Lenders have their own target lists of professions, but doctors are the big winners. “They’ll get waived LMI, lower interest rates and, in many cases, banks will even go outside of their normal policy to get their loans approved,” says the finance broker. “However, not all medical professionals, such as psychiatrists, chiropractors, vets and pharmacists, are accepted by all lenders so it’s always advisable to confirm.”

What are the benefits

Simply being in a certain profession won’t automatically save you on your home loan. To qualify you must apply with a lender that offers your profession a special discount and meet that lender’s criteria. “You’ll often need to provide evidence of membership of a certain industry body such as the Australian Medical Association,” advises the finance broker. “Waived LMI is usually approved without any problems if you meet the criteria, however your mortgage broker may need to negotiate to get a better interest rate as well.”

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