Commonwealth Bank makes sweeping home loan rate cuts by up to 50 basis points

author-avatar By on February 14, 2020
Commonwealth Bank makes sweeping home loan rate cuts by up to 50 basis points

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A few lenders cut home loan rates in the last week, with two banks cutting by up to 50 basis points.

There was relatively subdued activity on the home loan rate markets this week with the cash rate kept on hold at 0.75% earlier this month.

Among the few lenders adjusting interest rates this week were Commonwealth Bank, CUA, and MacArthur Credit Union (The Mac), with cuts to fixed rates observed across owner-occupier and investor loans.

For context, the table below displays some of the lowest-rate variable home loans currently 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
100% FULL OFFSET ACCOUNTNO APPLICATION FEE OR ONGOING FEES

Low Rate Home Loan - Prime (Principal and Interest) (Owner Occupied) (LVR < 60%)

  • No upfront or ongoing fees
  • 100% full offset account
  • Extra repayments + redraw services
100% FULL OFFSET ACCOUNTNO APPLICATION FEE OR ONGOING FEES

Low Rate Home Loan - Prime (Principal and Interest) (Owner Occupied) (LVR < 60%)

  • No upfront or ongoing fees
  • 100% full offset account
  • Extra repayments + redraw services
VariableMore details
REFINANCE IN MINUTES, NOT WEEKS

Nano Home Loans Variable Owner Occupied, Principal and Interest (Refinance Only)

  • Refinance only. Fast online application
  • No Nano fees. Free 100% offset sub account
  • Mobile app, Visa debit card & instant payments
REFINANCE IN MINUTES, NOT WEEKS

Nano Home Loans Variable Owner Occupied, Principal and Interest (Refinance Only)

  • Refinance only. Fast online application
  • No Nano fees. Free 100% offset sub account
  • Mobile app, Visa debit card & instant payments
VariableMore details
YOU COULD WIN $100k TO PAY DOWN YOUR LOAN*

Owner Occupier Accelerates - Celebrate (LVR < 60%) (Principal and Interest)

  • For a chance to win $100K towards your home loan, apply with Athena before Oct 31 & be approved by Dec 15
  • We lower your rate based off how much you’ve paid down your loan
  • Automatic rate match
YOU COULD WIN $100k TO PAY DOWN YOUR LOAN*

Owner Occupier Accelerates - Celebrate (LVR < 60%) (Principal and Interest)

  • For a chance to win $100K towards your home loan, apply with Athena before Oct 31 & be approved by Dec 15
  • We lower your rate based off how much you’ve paid down your loan
  • Automatic rate match
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.^

Rates correct as of October 27, 2021. View disclaimer.

Commonwealth Bank

Commonwealth Bank made interest cuts of up to 50 basis points to a range of fixed-rate terms across owner-occupier and investment loans – both package and non-package.

Owner-occupier

  • Residential Fixed IO 1 yr: 10 basis point cut to 3.94% p.a. (4.86% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Residential Fixed P&I 1 yr: 30 basis point cut to 3.14% p.a. (4.79% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Residential Fixed P&I 4 yrs: 30 basis point cut to 3.34% p.a. (4.45% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Residential Fixed P&I 5 yrs: 30 basis point cut to 3.34% p.a. (4.35% p.a. comparison rate*)

Wealth Package Residential

  • Residential Fixed P&I 1 yr 150k+: 30 basis point cut to 2.99% p.a. (4.59% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Residential Fixed P&I 4 yrs 150k+: 30 basis point cut to 3.19% p.a. (4.34% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Residential Fixed P&I 5 yrs 150k+: 30 basis point cut to 3.19% p.a. (4.26% p.a. comparison rate*)

Investment

  • Investment Fixed IO 1 yr: 50 basis point cut to 3.54% p.a. (5.34% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Investment Fixed IO 2 yrs: 40 basis point cut to 3.54% p.a. (5.18% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Investment Fixed IO 3 yrs: 40 basis point cut to 3.54% p.a. (5.03% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Investment Fixed IO 4 yrs: 50 basis point cut to 3.64% p.a. (4.93% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Investment Fixed IO 5 yrs: 50 basis point cut to 3.64% p.a. (4.82% p.a. comparison rate*
  • Investment Fixed P&I 1 yr: 45 basis point cut to 3.34% p.a. (5.32% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Investment Fixed P&I 2 yrs: 25 basis point cut to 3.34% p.a. (5.14% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Investment Fixed P&I 3 yrs: 45 basis point cut to 3.34% p.a. (4.97% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Investment Fixed P&I 4 yrs: 35 basis point cut to 3.44% p.a. (4.85% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Investment Fixed P&I 5 yrs: 35 basis point cut to 3.44% p.a. (4.72% p.a. comparison rate*)

Wealth Package Investment

  • Investment Fixed IO 1 yr 150k+: 50 basis point cut to 3.39% p.a. (5.13% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Investment Fixed IO 2 yrs 150k+: 40 basis point cut to 3.39% p.a. (4.99% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Investment Fixed IO 3 yrs 150k+: 40 basis point cut to 3.39% p.a. (4.87% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Investment Fixed IO 4 yrs 150k+: 50 basis point cut to 3.49% p.a. (4.79% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Investment Fixed IO 5 yrs 150k+: 50 basis point cut to 3.49% p.a. (4.69% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Investment Fixed P&I 1 yr 150k+: 45 basis point cut to 3.19% p.a. (5.12% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Investment Fixed P&I 2 yrs 150k+: 25 basis point cut to 3.19% p.a. (4.97% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Investment Fixed P&I 3 yrs 150k+: 45 basis point cuts to 3.19% p.a. (4.83% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Investment Fixed P&I 4 yrs 150k+: 35 basis point cut to 3.29% p.a. (4.74% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Investment Fixed P&I 5 yrs 150k+: 35 basis point cut to 3.29% p.a. (4.63% p.a. comparison rate*)

CUA

CUA made rate cuts of up to 36 basis points to three of its 3-year fixed rate home loans.

Notably, the credit union cut its rate for owner-occupiers paying principal and interest to a competitive 3-year fixed rate of 2.84% p.a. (4.26% p.a. comparison rate*)

  • 3 Year Fixed Owner Occupier P&I: 14 basis point cut to 2.84% p.a. (4.26% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • 3 Year Fixed Investor IO: 36 basis point cut to 3.34% p.a. (4.79% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • 3 Year Fixed Investor P&I: 36 basis point cut to 3.14% p.a. (4.73% p.a. comparison rate*)

MacArthur Credit Union

The Mac cut fixed-rates across 1-year, 2-year and 3-year terms for owner occupiers and investors, with its 3-year fixed rates getting the biggest cut of 50 basis points:

  • Standard Fixed 1 Year: 20 basis point cut to 3.49% p.a. (3.99% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Standard Fixed 2 Year: 20 basis point cut to 2.99% p.a. (3.86% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Standard Fixed 3 Year: 50 basis point cut to 3.09% p.a. (3.80% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Investor Standard Fixed 1 Year: 20 basis point cut to 3.79% p.a. (4.73% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Investor Standard Fixed 2 Years: 20 basis point cut to 3.79% p.a. (4.64% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Investor Standard Fixed 3 Years: 50 basis point cut to 3.79 p.a. (4.56% 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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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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