ANZ cuts variable mortgage rates by up to 90 basis points - but there's a catch

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on April 23, 2021
ANZ cuts variable mortgage rates by up to 90 basis points - but there's a catch

ANZ has slashed variable rates on its Breakfree mortgage by up to 90 basis points, making it the lowest variable rate package among the big four banks.

The bank's new rate on its Breakfree Standard variable loan is 2.99% p.a. (3.42% p.a. comparison rate*) for owner-occupiers making principal and interest (P&I) repayments with 80% LVR. 

But the catch is that only new customers will be eligible for the lower rate, meaning existing borrowers will miss out. 

Related: What is a package home loan?

ANZ also reduced rates for owner-occupiers making interest-only (IO) repayments with 80% LVR by 90 basis points, taking the new rate to 3.54% p.a. (3.58% p.a. comparison rate*).

Investors won't miss out either: the bank reduced rates for investors making P&I repayments with 80% LVR on the Breakfree package by 90 basis points to 3.59% p.a. (4.00% p.a. comparison rate*). 

Investors making IO repayments with a 80% LVR also received the 90 basis point cut to 3.84% p.a. (4.06% p.a. comparison rate*). 


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
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%
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
FixedMore details
USE A MARKET LEADING APP TO HELP YOU PAY OFF YOUR LOAN SOONER

Fixed Home Loan 1 year (Principal and Interest) (LVR < 80%)

  • Make up to $20,000 additional repayments per fixed term
  • Redraw available – lets you access any extra loan repayments you’ve made
  • Choose to rate lock for 90 days (fee applies)
USE A MARKET LEADING APP TO HELP YOU PAY OFF YOUR LOAN SOONER

Fixed Home Loan 1 year (Principal and Interest) (LVR < 80%)

  • Make up to $20,000 additional repayments per fixed term
  • Redraw available – lets you access any extra loan repayments you’ve made
  • Choose to rate lock for 90 days (fee applies)
VariableMore details
REFINANCE IN MINUTES, NOT WEEKS

Variable Owner Occupied, Principal and Interest (Refinance Only)(LVR <75%)

  • 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

Variable Owner Occupied, Principal and Interest (Refinance Only)(LVR <75%)

  • 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.

Rates correct as of January 25, 2022. View disclaimer.


This marks the first variable rate cut by a major bank since September last year, with cuts to fixed rates having been the focus for banks lately.

Last week Bankwest, Newcastle Permanent, and Greater Bank all raised rates on fixed home loan products, while Adelaide Bank recently hiked some of its variable interest rates by up to 15 basis points.

That could be a sign that banks have forecast their wholesale funding costs will rise in the coming months and years and that interest rates could start rising sooner than anticipated, despite Reserve Bank governor Dr Philip Lowe repeatedly stating the official cash rate will remain at 0.10% until at least 2024.

Read more: Why are home loan rates climbing when the cash rate is still 0.10%?

What other lenders cut home loan interest rates this week?

AMP Bank

  • Professional Package Investment Fixed P&I 2 years with 80% LVR: Cut by 25 basis points to 2.24% p.a. (3.72% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Professional Package Investment Fixed P&I 2 years with 90% LVR and LMI: Cut by 25 basis points to 2.34% p.a. (3.74% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Investment Basic Fixed P&I 2 years: Cut by 25 basis points to 2.44% p.a. (3.15% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Professional Package Investment Fixed IO 2 years: Cut by 24 basis points to 2.44% p.a. (3.34% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Investment Basic Fixed IO 2 years: Cut by 24 basis points to 2.54 p.a. (3.17% p.a. comparison rate*)

BCU

  • Residential Fixed P&I 1 year: Cut by 31 basis points to 1.67% p.a. (3.84% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Investment Fixed P&I 1 year: Cut by 31 basis points to 1.87% p.a. (4.00% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Investment Fixed IO 1 year: Cut by 31 basis points to 1.97% p.a. (4.01% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Residential Fixed P&I 2 years: Cut by 20 basis points to 1.78% p.a. (3.66% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Investment Fixed P&I 2 years: Cut by 20 basis points to 1.98% p.a. (3.82% p.a. comparison rate*)

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The entire market was not considered in selecting the above products. Rather, a cut-down portion of the market has been considered. Some providers' products may not be available in all states. To be considered, the product and rate must be clearly published on the product provider's web site. Savings.com.au, yourmortgage.com.au, yourinvestmentpropertymag.com.au, and Performance Drive are part of the Savings Media group. In the interests of full disclosure, the Savings Media Group are associated with the Firstmac Group. To read about how Savings Media Group manages potential conflicts of interest, along with how we get paid, please visit the web site links at the bottom of this page.

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Emma Duffy is Assistant Editor at Your Mortgage and  Your Investment Property Mag, which are part of the Savings Media Group. In this role, she manages a team of journalists and expert contributors committed to keeping readers informed about the latest home loan and finance news and trends, as well as providing in-depth property guides. She is also a finance journalist at Savings.com.au which she joined shortly after its launch in early 2019. Emma has a Bachelor in Journalism and has been published in several other publications and been featured on radio.

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