BOQ and MOVE Bank cut fixed home loan rates by up to 60 basis points

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BOQ and MOVE Bank cut fixed home loan rates by up to 60 basis points

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Bank of Queensland (BOQ) has slashed interest rates on its owner-occupier and investment fixed interest rates by up to 60 basis points.

The changes, effective today, are the fourth round of rate cuts by the lender since the RBA first cut the cash rate in June.

BOQ owner-occupied fixed principal and interest rate changes

  • Five-year fixed loans reduced by 60 basis points to 3.89% p.a. (4.03% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Four-year fixed loans reduced by 50 basis points to 3.89% p.a. (4.03% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Two-year fixed loans reduced by 35 basis points to 3.74% p.a. (4.00% p.a. comparison rate*)

BOQ owner-occupied fixed interest-only rate changes

  • Five-year fixed interest-only loans reduced by 50 basis points to 4.09% p.a. (4.11% p.a comparison rate*)
  • Four-year fixed interest-only loans reduced by 40 basis points to 4.09% p.a. (4.09% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Three-year fixed interest-only loans reduced by 20 basis points to 4.19% p.a. (4.10% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Two-year fixed interest-only loans reduced by 45 basis points to 3.84% p.a. (4.01% p.a. comparison rate*)

BOQ investment fixed principal and interest rate changes

  • Five-year investment fixed principal and interest loans reduced by 50 basis points to 4.09% p.a. (4.26% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Four-year investment fixed principal and interest loans reduced by 40 basis points to 4.09% p.a. (4.27% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Three-year investment fixed principal and interest loans reduced by 20 basis points to 4.19% p.a. (4.29% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Two-year investment fixed principal and interest loans reduced by 45 basis points to 3.84% p.a. (4.23% p.a. comparison rate*)

BOQ investment fixed interest-only rate changes

  • Five-year investment fixed interest-only loans reduced by 50 basis points to 4.19% p.a. (4.30% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Four-year investment fixed interest-only loans reduced by 40 basis points to 4.19% p.a. (4.30% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Three-year investment fixed interest-only loans reduced by 20 basis points to 4.29% p.a. (4.32% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Two-year investment fixed interest-only loans reduced by 55 basis points to 3.84% p.a. (4.32% p.a. comparison rate*)

The bank has also cut on a number of discounted rate and speciality products, including the Home Loan Privileges package product which has also had rates reduced by up to 60 basis points.

BOQ has been contacted for comment on these changes.

Looking for a low variable rate home loan? The table below displays owner-occupier products which may represent the best of the big four banks, best of the top 10 customer-owned banks and the best of the larger non-banks.

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
AN EASY ONLINE APPLICATION

Yard Home Loan (Principal and Interest) (Special) (LVR < 70%)

  • Unlimited additional repayments
  • Unlimited free redraws
  • Optional 100% offset can be added for $120 p.a.^
AN EASY ONLINE APPLICATION

Yard Home Loan (Principal and Interest) (Special) (LVR < 70%)

  • Unlimited additional repayments
  • Unlimited free redraws
  • Optional 100% offset can be added for $120 p.a.^
FixedMore details
NO UPFRONT OR ONGOING FEES

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

NO UPFRONT 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 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. Rates correct as of September 27, 2021. View disclaimer.

MOVE Bank slashes rates on more than half of its home loans

MOVE Bank has made similar changes to BOQ, last Thursday announcing cuts of up to 60 basis points on nine of its home loan products.

MOVE Bank fixed home loan rate changes

  • ‘Ultra-Low Lockit’ three year Fixed Home Loan reduced by 37 basis points to 2.98% p.a. (4.06% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • ‘Straightforward Home Loan’ reduced by 15 basis points to 3.09% p.a. (3.12% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • ‘First Home Loan’ – one-year Intro Rate reduced by 20 basis points to 3.19% p.a. (3.68% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • One-year Flexi fixed-rate home loan reduced by 60 basis points 3.19% p.a. (4.32% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Two-year Flexi fixed-rate home loan reduced by 60 basis points to 3.29% p.a. (4.23% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Three-year Flexi fixed-rate home loan reduced by 60 basis points to 3.39% p.a. (4.17% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • One-year ‘Investment Lockit’ rate home loan reduced by 100 basis points to 3.19% p.a. (4.90% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Three-year ‘Investment Lockit rate’ home loan reduced by 45 basis points to 3.39% p.a. (4.64% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Five-year ‘Lockit’ fixed-rate home loan reduced by 60 basis points 3.79% p.a. (4.18% p.a. comparison rate*)

MOVE Bank CEO Therese Turner said the cuts were the result of the bank’s commitment to ensuring their rates offered maximum value.

“After two consecutive months of RBA cash rate reductions, we have seen significant levels of interest rate movement within the home loan market,” Ms Turner said.

“Once the market settled, we reviewed our rates again and saw there was an opportunity to re-establish our position as a market leader with our award-winning home loans.”

The new rates are available now for new loans and come into effect as of 1 September 2019 for existing variable product holders.

HomeStart Finance announces fixed rate cuts

HomeStart Finance has also decreased fixed rates by up to 50 basis points, effective today.

HomeStart was founded as part of an initiative of the South Australian state government, with the primary purpose of assisting first home buyers (FHBs) by offering low-deposit home loan products.

HomeStart fixed home and graduate loan rate changes

  • One year rate reduced by 20 basis points to 4.49% p.a. (4.97% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Two-year rate reduced by 50 basis points to 3.99% p.a. (4.85% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Three-year rate reduced by 50 basis points to 3.99% p.a. (4.78% p.a. comparison rate*)

HomeStart low deposit fixed-rate loan changes

  • One year rate reduced by 20 basis points to 5.49% p.a. (5.06% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Two-year fixed rate reduced by 50 basis points to 4.99% p.a. for the first year and 3.99% p.a. for the second year (4.94% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Three-year fixed rate reduced by 50 basis points to 4.99% p.a. for the first year and 3.99% p.a. for the second and third year (4.86% p.a. comparison rate*)

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): Great Southern Bank, 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.
  • If you click on a product link and you are referred to a Product or Service Provider’s web page, it is highly likely that a commercial relationship exists between that Product or Service Provider and Savings.com.au

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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Alex joined Savings.com.au as a finance journalist in 2019. He enjoys covering in-depth economical releases and breaking down how they might affect the everyday punter. He is passionate about providing Australians with the information and tools needed to make them financially stable for their futures.

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