Bank of Us, Bank First slice home loan rates

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on August 07, 2020
Bank of Us, Bank First slice home loan rates

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In the past week, lenders such as Bank of Us and Bank First cut home loan rates by up to 64 basis points, as two others broke the 2.00% p.a. barrier.

In the past week, two lenders - Community First Credit Union and Easy Street Financial Services - introduced home loans below the 2.00% p.a. mark.

However, only one had a comparison rate under 2.00% p.a. to go with it.

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%
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 24, 2022. View disclaimer.

In the wider market, it was a fairly subdued week for home loan interest rate reductions. 

Two key lenders to make notable rate reductions were Bank of Us and Bank First.

Bank of Us - a Tasmanian-based lender that was the first to introduce a sub-2.00% home loan a few weeks back - made some further rate changes to its fixed products. Some key changes were:

  • FlexiDiscount Fixed 3 Years 80%: 64 basis point cut to 2.49% p.a. (2.74% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • FlexiDiscount Fixed 1 Year 80%: 44 basis point cut to 2.49% p.a. (2.78% p.a. comparison rate*)

A variety of other fixed owner-occupier loans were cut, including some 90% LVR loans.

Meanwhile, at the start of August Bank First also made some cuts, primarily to its variable 'Premier Package' home loans for both owner-occupiers and investors. Some key cuts were:

  • Premier Package Inv 80%: 15 basis point cut to 2.88% p.a. (3.32% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Premier Package O/O 80%: 15 basis point cut to 3.33% p.a. (3.76% p.a. comparison rate*)

Various 90% LVR products were also cut.

Newcastle Permanent, AMP also cut

Newcastle Permanent made a few cuts to its 'Real Deal' home loans, with some as special offers. Some key cuts were:

  • Real Deal P&I 80% Special Offer: 13 basis point cut to 2.59% p.a. (2.63% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Real Deal P&I 80% Inv Special Offer: 12 basis point cut to 2.99% p.a. (3.03% p.a. comparison rate*)

Similar loans across different maximum LVRs and ones paying interest-only were also cut.

Meanwhile, AMP made just two cuts on Wednesday. They were to its variable 'Professional Package' home loans as a special offer:

  • P&I 80% 100-499k: 14 basis point cut to 2.59% p.a. (3.00% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • P&I 80% 500k+: 10 basis point cut to 2.59% p.a. (3.00% p.a. comparison rate*)

Note that as with most lenders, special offers can be withdrawn at any time.


Disclaimers

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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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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