A customer-owned bank just cut a fixed home loan down to 2.12%

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on June 12, 2020
A customer-owned bank just cut a fixed home loan down to 2.12%

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BCU cut its two-year fixed home loan down to 2.12% p.a today (3.78% p.a comparison rate*).

This represents a 13 basis point (bps) cut, and for that rate you'll need to be an owner-occupier paying principal and interest (P&I). 

BCU's three-year fixed rate also saw an 11 basis point cut down to 2.16% p.a. (3.63% p.a. comparison rate*). 

BCU's 'OMG! Variable Rate P&I' loan also saw a 25 basis point cut to 2.69% p.a. (2.69% p.a. comparison rate*)

These cuts generally follow on from other lenders nudging closer to the unicorn 1% advertised rate threshold, while some seem to be cutting the most for 'safer' borrowers, like those refinancing or those who have a high deposit.

Back to BCU, and the home loans that saw the biggest cuts were to its investment loans, paying both interest only (IO) and P&I.

  • Investment Fixed P&I 2 Years: 65 basis point cut to 2.39% p.a. (3.96% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Investment Fixed P&I 3 Years: 62 basis point cut to 2.44% p.a. (3.82% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Investment Fixed IO 2 Years: 57 basis point cut to 2.49% p.a. (3.98% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Investment Fixed IO 3 Years: 54 basis point cut to 2.54% p.a. (3.85% p.a. comparison rate*)

Why the high comparison rate? One of the biggest factors is it assumes after the fixed term ends, you'll go on to the standard variable rate (SVR), rather than refinance or ask for a better deal.

BCU's investment P&I SVR is 4.30% p.a. (same comparison rate*).

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

Lender
Advertised rate Comparison rate* Monthly repayment Rate TypeOffsetRedrawOngoing FeeUpfront FeesLVRLump Sum RepaymentAdditional RepaymentsPre-approval

VariableMore details
LIMITED TIME OFFER

Smart Booster Home Loan Discounted Variable - 2yr (LVR < 80%)

  • Fast turnaround times, can meet 30-day settlement
  • For purchase and refinance, min 20% deposit
  • No ongoing or monthly fees, add offset for 0.10%
LIMITED TIME OFFER

Smart Booster Home Loan Discounted Variable - 2yr (LVR < 80%)

  • Fast turnaround times, can meet 30-day settlement
  • For purchase and refinance, min 20% deposit
  • No ongoing or monthly fees, add offset for 0.10%
FixedMore details
NO UPFRONT OR ONGOING FEES

Basic Home Loan Fixed (Principal and Interest) (LVR < 70%) 3 Years

NO UPFRONT OR ONGOING FEES
FixedMore details
  • Easy, digital application process
  • Market leading app to help you pay off your loan sooner
  • No on-going fees
VariableMore details
100% FULL OFFSET ACCOUNTNO APPLICATION FEE OR ONGOING FEES

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

  • No upfront or ongoing fees
  • 100% full offset account
  • Extra repayments + redraw services
100% FULL OFFSET ACCOUNTNO APPLICATION FEE OR ONGOING FEES

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

  • No upfront or ongoing fees
  • 100% full offset account
  • Extra repayments + redraw services
VariableMore details
ZERO APPLICATION FEESFEE FREE OFFSET

Owner Occupier Accelerates - Celebrate (LVR < 60%) (Principal and Interest)

  • We lower your rate based off how much you’ve paid down your loan
  • Automatic rate match
  • No upfront or ongoing fees
ZERO APPLICATION FEESFEE FREE OFFSET

Owner Occupier Accelerates - Celebrate (LVR < 60%) (Principal and Interest)

  • We lower your rate based off how much you’ve paid down your loan
  • Automatic rate match
  • No upfront or ongoing fees
VariableMore details
REFINANCE IN MINUTES, NOT WEEKS

Nano Home Loans Variable Owner Occupied, Principal and Interest (Refinance Only)

  • No application or ongoing fees.
  • 100% free offset sub account.
  • Fast online application, approval in minutes not weeks.
  • Mobile app, Visa debit card, Apple and Google Pay
  • Refinance loans and variable rates only.
REFINANCE IN MINUTES, NOT WEEKS

Nano Home Loans Variable Owner Occupied, Principal and Interest (Refinance Only)

  • No application or ongoing fees.
  • 100% free offset sub account.
  • Fast online application, approval in minutes not weeks.
  • Mobile app, Visa debit card, Apple and Google Pay
  • Refinance loans and variable rates only.

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 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 January 18, 2022. View disclaimer.

Newcastle Permanent raises home loans by 10 basis points

On Wednesday, Newcastle Permanent raised the interest rate on many of its home loans paying both IO and P&I for owner-occupiers and investors.

This theme of lenders bumping up the rate a little isn't new, given the likes of ANZ and ME Bank did so not too long ago.

For Newcastle Permanent, some of the 10 basis point bumps are below:

  • Investment Fixed P&I 1 Year: Now 3.09% p.a. (4.49% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Investment Fixed P&I 2 Years: Now 3.14% p.a. (4.36% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Residential Fixed P&I 1 Year: Now 2.49% p.a. (4.12% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Residential Fixed P& 2 Years: Now 2.54% p.a. (3.98% p.a. comparison rate*)

Three, four and five-year fixed rates also saw a rise, so too did its 'Premium Plus Package' home loans.

In the residential space, you can expect to pay a 50bps premium by going interest-only, while for investors the advertised rate tends to stay the same.


Disclaimers

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Harrison is Savings.com.au's Assistant Editor. Prior to joining Savings in January 2020, he worked for some of Australia's largest comparison sites and media organisations. With a keen interest in the economy, housing policy, and personal finance, Harrison is passionate about breaking down complex financial topics for the everyday consumer.

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