Illawarra Credit Union introduces a sub-2% home loan, Tic:Toc winds down fixed rate

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on September 25, 2020
Illawarra Credit Union introduces a sub-2% home loan, Tic:Toc winds down fixed rate

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While the Dragons are out of NRL finals contention, Illawarra Credit Union gave something to smile about with a new sub-2% home loan.

The 1.99% p.a. advertised rate (2.93% p.a comparison rate*) is for the 'The Works' packaged home loan for owner-occupiers paying principal & interest (P&I).

Borrowers get a choice of either a two-year variable introductory rate or a two-year fixed rate - the advertised and comparison rates are the same.

After the two-year intro rate ends, the home loan reverts to a rate of 2.50% p.a. (3.01% p.a. comparison rate*).

Borrowers must also pay their home loan repayments through the linked transaction account.

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

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

FixedMore details
No ongoing feesFree redraw facility

Live-in Fixed Loan (Principal and Interest) 1 Year

No ongoing feesFree redraw facility
FixedMore details

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

FixedMore details

Fixed Rate Home Loan (Principal and Interest) 3 Years

FixedMore details

Tailored Home Loan Fixed (Interest Only in Advance) 2 Years

FixedMore details

Fixed Options Home Loan (Interest Only) 2 Years (LVR < 70%)

FixedMore details

Fixed Rate Home Loan (Interest Only) 4 Years (LVR > 80%)

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 28, 2022. View disclaimer.

While both look the same on the surface, the differences between variable rates and fixed rates are explained further here.

Illawarra Credit Union is now the 11th lender in's market research to introduce a sub-2% home loan.

The new rate, introduced late Thursday, comes after experts forecasted another Reserve Bank cash rate cut in October.

More to come...

See Also: The Potential $35,000 Cost of Breaking a Fixed Home Loan

Tic:Toc also reduces

Yesterday, Tic:Toc also reduced the interest rate of its 'Live-In' fixed home loan by 18 basis points, down to 2.09% p.a. (2.35% p.a. comparison rate*)

It's fixed for two years, for owner-occupiers paying P&I, with LVRs up to 90%.

Tic:Toc spokesperson Laura Osti also said it's available with a 100% offset account.

"Combine that with our 100% online process with faster turn-arounds, and our team of Australian-based experts itching to help outside of business hours, and we think this is one of the best deals in the market," she said.

"It’s not surprising there has been an increasing demand for fixed home loans – there is some very sharp fixed rate pricing at the moment, and with Covid, it makes sense Australians would want some certainty in payments during an uncertain time in our lives."


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.,,, 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'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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