Commonwealth Bank cuts fixed home loan rates by up to 90 basis points

author-avatar By on September 25, 2019
Commonwealth Bank cuts fixed home loan rates by up to 90 basis points

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One of Australia’s biggest banks has cut fixed home loan interest rates by as much as 90 basis points, effective Tuesday 24 September.

Owner-occupied borrowers paying principal and interest (P&I) can now get fixed rates with Commbank starting from 3.29% p.a, while interest-only (IO) borrowers can get fixed loans starting from 3.79% p.a.

Investment principal and interest loans are down by 50 to 75 basis points, while interest-only rates for investors are down by as much as 90 basis points.

These changes are effective for new customers and existing customers switching to a fixed rate home loan.

A Commonwealth Bank spokesperson said the bank regularly reviews its interest rates to ensure it remains competitive “while maintaining prudent lending standards”.

With interest rates at historic lows, we encourage customers to speak with one of home lending experts to ensure they have the best product for their needs.”

Despite the large size of the cuts, Commbank’s non-packaged fixed-rate loans still have significantly higher rates than those offered by other lenders, particularly customer-owned banks.

CommBank owner-occupier rate changes

The biggest rate cut for owner-occupied borrowers applies to the five-year interest-only option, which has had its rate reduced by the full 90 basis points to 3.99% p.a. (4.62% comparison rate*)

Principal and interest

  • One-year fixed rate (Wealth Package): reduced by 60 basis points to 3.29% p.a. (4.73% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • One-year fixed rate: reduced by 60 basis points to 3.44% p.a. (4.93% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Four-year fixed rate (Wealth Package): reduced by 60 basis points to 3.49% p.a. (4.52% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Four-year fixed rate: reduced by 60 basis points to 3.64% p.a. (4.63% p.a. comparison rate*)

Interest-only

  • One-year fixed rates (Wealth Package): reduced by 65 basis points to 3.89% p.a. (4.78% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • One-year fixed rate: reduced by 65 basis points to 4.04% p.a. (4.99% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Three-year fixed rates (Wealth Package): reduced by 10 basis points to 3.79% p.a. (4.65% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Three-year fixed rate: reduced by 10 basis points to 3.94% p.a. (4.81% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Four-year fixed rates (Wealth Package): reduced by 65 basis points to 3.99% p.a. (4.66% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Four-year fixed rates: reduced by 65 basis points to 4.14% p.a. (4.80% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Five-year fixed rates(Wealth Package): reduced by 90 basis points to 3.99% p.a. (4.62% p.a comparison rate*)
  • Five-year fixed rates: reduced by 90 basis points to 4.14% p.a. (4.75% p.a comparison rate*)

CommBank investor rate changes

As with owner-occupiers, the biggest changes apply to interest-only loans, with some receiving the maximum 90 basis point reduction.

The four-year fixed rate interest-only loan, for example, has been cut by 90 basis points to 3.99% p.a. (5.04% p.a.).

Principal and interest

  • One-year fixed rates (Wealth Package): reduced by 50 basis points to 3.64% p.a. (5.27% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • One-year fixed rates: reduced by 50 basis points to 3.79% p.a. (5.48% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Two-year fixed rates (Wealth Package): reduced by 15 basis points to 3.44% p.a. (5.12% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Two-year fixed rates: reduced by 15 basis points to 3.59% p.a. (5.29% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Three-year fixed rates (Wealth Package): reduced by 5 basis points to 3.64% p.a. (5.04% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Three-year fixed rates: reduced by 5 basis points to 3.79% p.a. (5.19% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Four-year fixed rates (Wealth Package): reduced by 75 basis points to 3.64% p.a. (4.94% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Four-year fixed rates: reduced by 75 basis points to 3.79% p.a. (5.06% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Five-year fixed rates (Wealth Package): reduced by 25 basis points to 3.64% p.a. (4.84% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Five-year fixed rates: reduced by 25 basis points to 3.79% p.a. (4.94% p.a. comparison rate*)

Interest-only

  • One-year fixed rates (Wealth Package): reduced by 50 basis points to 3.89% p.a. (5.29% p.a comparison rate*)
  • One-year fixed rates: reduced by 50 basis points to 4.04% p.a. (5.51% p.a comparison rate*)
  • Two-year fixed rates (Wealth Package): reduced by 10 basis points to 3.79% p.a. (5.17% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Two-year fixed rates: reduced by 10 basis points to 3.94% p.a. (5.36% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Three-year fixed rates (Wealth Package): reduced by 20 basis points to 3.79% p.a. (5.06% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Three-year fixed rates: reduced by 20 basis points to 3.94% p.a. (5.23% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Four-year fixed rates (Wealth Package): reduced by 90 basis points to 3.99% p.a. (5.04% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Four-year fixed rates: reduced by 90 basis points to 4.14% p.a. (5.18% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Five-year fixed rates (Wealth Package): reduced by 20 basis points to 3.99% p.a. (4.96% p.a. comparison rate)
  • Five-year fixed rates: reduced by 20 basis points to 4.14% p.a. (5.09% p.a. comparison rate)

Westpac had also cut interest rates

Commbank isn’t the only major bank to cut interest rates this month, as the likelihood of another Reserve Bank interest rate reduction increases.

As all signs point toward an October rate cut, Westpac Group got ahead of the game in early September, lowering various fixed & variable home loan interest rates by as much as 130 basis points.

Westpac subsidiaries St. GeorgeBank of Melbourne and BankSA cut fixed rates by 135 basis points the previous month.

Westpac’s General Manager for Home Ownership Will Ranken told Savings.com.au at the time that fixed loans remain a popular option for customers looking for certainty around their home loan repayments.

“The current low interest rate environment is driving competitive offers for home buyers, which coupled with the new home loan incentives and discounts available may make it an appealing time for Australians to start thinking about purchasing a home,” he said.

More recently, Bendigo & Adelaide Bank, as well as Newcastle Permanent, cut interest rates to as low as 2.99% p.a, while ME yesterday cut variable home loan rates to investors by up to 49 basis points.

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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.

*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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