How will repayments change if rates move?

Once a month (except in January), the Reserve Bank of Australia board (RBA) meets to discuss the official cash rate target, which is the market standard for lending and borrowing money between banks. The lower the cash rate, the lower the interest rates on bank products such as home loans, savings accounts, term deposits and more.

If there is a rise or fall in the cash rate, then your mortgage’s variable interest rate is likely to rise or fall by a similar amount, depending on the bank. In 2019, for example, there were three cash rate changes of 25 basis points (0.25%), from 1.50% to 0.75%, and most lenders dropped home loan rates by a similar amount.

However, lenders can also raise or cut home loan rates even when the RBA has not made any changes to the cash rate, so you should always be on your toes.

Home loan interest rate change calculator

Savings.com.au’s home loan rate change calculator can show you what your home loan repayments could hypothetically change by if your lender changes your interest rate.

Finding out if your budget could handle a potential cash rate increase, or if you can continue to make higher repayments if there is a decrease, could be seriously useful in helping you safeguard your financial future.

Looking for a home loan?

Buying a home or looking to refinance? The table below features home loans
with some of the lowest interest rates on the market for owner occupiers.

Lender

Variable
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GREAT INTEREST RATE
  • Option to add an offset for 0.10%
  • No monthly or ongoing fees
  • Unlimited redraws
GREAT INTEREST RATE

Smart Booster Investor Bundle (Principal and Interest)

  • Option to add an offset for 0.10%
  • No monthly or ongoing fees
  • Unlimited redraws
Variable
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NO UPFRONT OR ONGOING FEES
  • No upfront or ongoing fees
  • 100% full offset account
  • Unlimited extra repayments
NO UPFRONT OR ONGOING FEES

Low Rate Home Loan - Prime (Principal and Interest) (Investment) (LVR < 80%)

  • No upfront or ongoing fees
  • 100% full offset account
  • Unlimited extra repayments
Variable
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BUNDLE YOUR HOME LOAN AND YOUR INVESTMENT LOAN FOR MORE SAVINGS
  • No upfront or ongoing fees
  • 100% full offset account
  • Unlimited extra repayments
BUNDLE YOUR HOME LOAN AND YOUR INVESTMENT LOAN FOR MORE SAVINGS

Yard Investor Bundle Loan (Bundled with Home Loan)

  • No upfront or ongoing fees
  • 100% full offset account
  • Unlimited extra repayments
Variable
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REFINANCE ONLY
  • A low-rate variable investment home loan from a 100% online lender. Backed by the Commonwealth Bank.
REFINANCE ONLY

Variable Rate Investment Loan – Refinance Only

  • A low-rate variable investment home loan from a 100% online lender. Backed by the Commonwealth Bank.
Variable
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FREE REDRAW FACILITY
  • Pay more to reduce the amount of interest you pay
  • Easily access additional funds in your redraw
  • Great rates and low fees
FREE REDRAW FACILITY

Basic Investment Loan (Principal and Interest) (LVR < 60%)

  • Pay more to reduce the amount of interest you pay
  • Easily access additional funds in your redraw
  • Great rates and low fees
Variable
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100% FULL OFFSET ACCOUNT
  • Free redraw facility
  • Split account option
  • Unlimited extra repayments
100% FULL OFFSET ACCOUNT

Ocean Investment (Amounts < $1m, LVR < 60%)

  • Free redraw facility
  • Split account option
  • Unlimited extra repayments
Variable
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FAST TURNAROUND TIMES AND FLEXIBLE LOAN OPTIONS
FAST TURNAROUND TIMES AND FLEXIBLE LOAN OPTIONS

Basic Investment Loan (Principal and Interest) (LVR 60%-70%)

    Variable
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    Budget Investment Loan (Principal and Interest) (LVR ≤ 80%)

      Variable
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      Ocean Investment (Amounts < $1m, LVR < 70%)

        Variable
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        GET A FULL OFFSET ACCOUNT FOR NO EXTRA COST
        • No upfront or ongoing fees
        • 100% full offset account
        • Extra repayments + redraw services
        GET A FULL OFFSET ACCOUNT FOR NO EXTRA COST

        Low Rate Home Loan - Prime (Principal and Interest) (Investment) (LVR < 60%)

        • No upfront or ongoing fees
        • 100% full offset account
        • Extra repayments + redraw services
        Variable
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        UNLIMITED EXTRA REPAYMENTS
        UNLIMITED EXTRA REPAYMENTS

        Budget Investment Loan (Principal and Interest) (LVR 80%-90%)

          Variable
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          Yard Investment Loan (Principal and Interest) (LVR > 80%)

            Variable
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            Basic Investment Loan (Principal and Interest) (LVR 70%-80%)

              Variable
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              Ocean SMSF (No Offset) (Metro) (Principal and Interest) (LVR < 60%)

                Variable
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                Base Variable Investment Loan Special Offer (Principal and Interest) (LVR > 80%)

                  Variable
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                  Extra Investment Loan (Principal and Interest) (LVR 80%-90%)

                    Variable
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                    Standard Variable Investment Loan (Principal and Interest) (LVR < 80%)

                      Variable
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                      Base Variable Investment Loan (Principal and Interest)

                        Variable
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                        Ocean SMSF (With Offset) (Metro) (Principal and Interest) (LVR 60%-65%)

                          Variable
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                          SELF MANAGED SUPER FUND LOAN
                          • Easy refinance process
                          • No application fee and no settlement fee
                          • No monthly, annual or ongoing fees
                          SELF MANAGED SUPER FUND LOAN

                          SMSF 80

                          • Easy refinance process
                          • No application fee and no settlement fee
                          • No monthly, annual or ongoing fees

                          Base criteria of: a $400,000 loan amount, variable, fixed, principal and interest (P&I) home loans with an LVR (loan-to-value) ratio of at least 80%. However, the ‘Compare Home Loans’ table allows for calculations to be made on variables as selected and input by the user. All products will list the LVR with the product and rate which are clearly published on the Product Provider’s web site. Monthly repayments, once the base criteria are altered by the user, will be based on the selected products’ advertised rates and determined by the loan amount, repayment type, loan term and LVR as input by the user/you. *The Comparison rate is based on a $150,000 loan over 25 years. Warning: this comparison rate is true only for this example and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate. Rates correct as of June 27, 2022. View disclaimer.

                           

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