Three lenders cut rates on home loans despite RBA cash rate hold

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on February 07, 2020
Three lenders cut rates on home loans despite RBA cash rate hold

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One bank cut rates by as much as 20 basis points, even after the Reserve Bank left the cash rate on hold at 0.75% on Tuesday.

Three main lenders cut rates on their home loans in the last week, including AMP, Bank of Queensland and Greater Bank, with one cutting by as much as 20 basis points. 

The news comes after the Reserve Bank decided to hold the cash rate at 0.75% on Tuesday, following positive employment data and steady inflation.

AMP

AMP cut rates on one of its home loan products.

  • Professional Package Variable P&I 750k+: 4 basis point cut to 3.05% p.a. (3.45% p.a. comparison rate*)

Bank of Queensland

BOQ cut rates across a few different fixed residential home loans.

Package home loans

  • Home Loan Privileges Residential Fixed 3yrs Discount 150k+: 20 basis point cut to 2.99% p.a. (3.99% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Home Loan Privileges Residential Fixed 3yrs Discount 300k+: 20 basis point cut to 2.79% p.a. (3.94% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Home Loan Privileges Residential Fixed 2yrs Discount 150k+: 10 basis point cut to 2.99% p.a. (4.05% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Home Loan Privileges Residential Fixed 2yrs Discount 300k+: 10 basis point cut to 2.79% p.a. (4.01% p.a. comparison rate*)

Non-package home loans

  • Residential Fixed 3yrs Discount 150k+: 20 basis point cut to 2.99% p.a. (3.72% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Residential Fixed 3yrs Discount 300k+: 20 basis point cut to 2.79% p.a. (3.67% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Residential Fixed 2yrs Discount 150k+: 10 basis point cut to 2.99% p.a. (3.78% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Residential Fixed 2yrs Discount 300k+: 10 basis point cut to 2.79% p.a. (3.75% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Intro Rate Variable P&I 2yr Fixed: 10 basis point cut to 3.19% p.a. (3.80% p.a. comparison rate*)

Keep in mind that 'Discount' rate offers can be withdrawn at anytime - in BOQ's case, discounts are anywhere from 0.75% to 1.30% p.a.

Introductory rates usually feature a lower rate for X number of years then revert to a higher rate - in BOQ's case its Intro base rate is 3.19% p.a. for two years, then reverts to a base rate of 3.76% p.a, for an overall comparison rate of 3.80% p.a.

Greater Bank

Greater Bank made a variety of cuts to its fixed home loans, for both owner occupiers and investors.

Owner Occupier

  • Great Rate Fixed 2yrs: 8 basis point cut to 2.89% p.a. (3.74% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Great Rate Fixed 3yrs: 8 basis point cut to 2.89% p.a. (3.66% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Ultimate Fixed 2yrs 150k+: 8 basis point cut to 2.89% p.a. (3.98% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Ultimate Fixed 3yrs 150k+: 8 basis point cut to 2.89% p.a. (3.91% p.a. comparison rate*)

Investment

  • Great Rate Fixed 2yrs: 13 basis point cut to 3.14% p.a. (4.09% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Great Rate Fixed 3yrs: 13 basis point cut to 3.14% p.a. (4.00% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Ultimate Fixed 2yrs: 13 basis point cut to 3.14% p.a. (4.32% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Ultimate Fixed 3yrs: 13 basis point cut to 3.14% p.a. (4.25% p.a. comparison rate*)

Looking to compare low-rate, variable owner-occupier home loans? Below are a handful of low-rate loans in the market.

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
ZERO APPLICATION FEESFEE FREE OFFSET

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

  • We lower your rate based off how much you’ve paid down your loan
  • Automatic rate match
  • No upfront or ongoing fees
ZERO APPLICATION FEESFEE FREE OFFSET

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

  • We lower your rate based off how much you’ve paid down your loan
  • Automatic rate match
  • No upfront or ongoing fees
FixedMore details
USE A MARKET LEADING APP TO HELP YOU PAY OFF YOUR LOAN SOONER

Fixed Home Loan 1 year (Principal and Interest) (LVR < 80%)

  • Make up to $20,000 additional repayments per fixed term
  • Redraw available – lets you access any extra loan repayments you’ve made
  • Choose to rate lock for 90 days (fee applies)
USE A MARKET LEADING APP TO HELP YOU PAY OFF YOUR LOAN SOONER

Fixed Home Loan 1 year (Principal and Interest) (LVR < 80%)

  • Make up to $20,000 additional repayments per fixed term
  • Redraw available – lets you access any extra loan repayments you’ve made
  • Choose to rate lock for 90 days (fee applies)
VariableMore details
REFINANCE IN MINUTES, NOT WEEKS

Variable Owner Occupied, Principal and Interest (Refinance Only)(LVR <75%)

  • No application or ongoing fees.
  • 100% free offset sub account.
  • Fast online application, approval in minutes not weeks.
  • Mobile app, Visa debit card, Apple and Google Pay
  • Refinance loans and variable rates only.
REFINANCE IN MINUTES, NOT WEEKS

Variable Owner Occupied, Principal and Interest (Refinance Only)(LVR <75%)

  • No application or ongoing fees.
  • 100% free offset sub account.
  • Fast online application, approval in minutes not weeks.
  • Mobile app, Visa debit card, Apple and Google Pay
  • Refinance loans and variable rates only.

Rates correct as of January 22, 2022. View disclaimer.


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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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