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

author-avatar By 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Keep in mind that 'Discount' rate offers can be withdrawn at anytime - in BOQ's case, discounts are anywhere from 0.75% to 1.30% p.a.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
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 18, 2021. View disclaimer.


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.

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*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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