Bank First reveals sub-2% fixed home loan rate

author-avatar By on August 19, 2020
Bank First reveals sub-2% fixed home loan rate

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The rate wars are heating up as another lender reveals a sub-2% fixed home loan rate.

Bank First has introduced a record low three-year fixed home loan rate of 1.99% p.a. (3.10% p.a. comparison rate*).

The 1.99% p.a. fixed interest rate applies for three years before reverting to a rate of 2.88% p.a.

The new mortgage is available to homebuyers and refinancers with a loan to value ratio (LVR) of 80% or lower.

Check out how the new fixed home loan rate compares to some of the most competitive variable-rate home loans on the market: 

Base criteria of: a $400,000 loan amount, variable, principal and interest (P&I) home loans with an LVR (loan-to-value) ratio of at least 80%. If products listed have an LVR <80%, they will be clearly identified in the product name along with the specific LVR. The product and rate must be clearly published on the Product Provider’s web site. Monthly repayments were calculated based on the selected products’ advertised rates, applied to a $400,000 loan with a 30-year loan term.

Bank First may be the first lender to launch a three-year fixed rate under 2% but it's not the first home loan rate to start with a one. 

Major online lender loans.com.au launched an introductory discounted variable rate of 1.99% p.a. (2.55% p.a. comparison rate*) less than a month ago while HomeStar Finance also recently unveiled a 1.98% p.a. one year fixed rate (2.51% p.a. comparison rate*). 

At the end of June, Tasmanian-based Bank of Us offered Tasmanian residents fixed-rate home loans for up to three years for 1.99% p.a.


Disclaimers

The entire market was not considered in selecting the above products. Rather, a cut-down portion of the market has been considered which includes retail products from at least the big four banks, the top 10 customer-owned institutions and Australia’s larger non-banks:

  • The big four banks are: ANZ, CBA, NAB and Westpac
  • The top 10 customer-owned Institutions are the ten largest mutual banks, credit unions and building societies in Australia, ranked by assets under management in November 2020. They are (in descending order): Credit Union Australia, Newcastle Permanent, Heritage Bank, Peoples’ Choice Credit Union, Teachers Mutual Bank, Greater Bank, IMB Bank, Beyond Bank, Bank Australia and P&N Bank.
  • The larger non-bank lenders are those who (in 2020) has more than $9 billion in Australian funded loans and advances. These groups are: Resimac, Pepper, Liberty and Firstmac.

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.

In the interests of full disclosure, Savings.com.au, Performance Drive and Loans.com.au are part of the Firstmac Group. To read about how Savings.com.au manages potential conflicts of interest, along with how we get paid, please click through onto the web site links.

*Comparison rate is based on a loan of $150,000 over a term of 25 years. Please note the comparison rate only applies to the examples given. Different loan amounts and terms will result in different comparison rates. Costs such as redraw fees and costs savings, such as fee waivers, are not included in the comparison rate but may influence the cost of the loan.

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Emma joined Savings.com.au as a Finance Journalist in 2019. She is a journalist with more than five years experience across print, broadcast and digital media, with previous stints at Style Magazines, 4ZZZ radio, and as editor of The Real Estate Conversation. She's most passionate about improving the financial literacy of young women and millennials by writing about complex financial topics in a way that's easy for the average Joe (or Jill) to understand. When she's not writing about finance she's watching Greys Anatomy (again).

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