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

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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.

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 Savings.com.au'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."


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 2019. 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.

*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.

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Harrison joined Savings in 2020. He is a journalist with more than four years of experience, with previous stints at News Corp and financial comparison site Canstar. With a keen interest in personal finance, Harrison is passionate about helping consumers make more informed financial decisions.

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