Macquarie slashes interest-only home loan rates for investors

author-avatar By on September 11, 2020
Macquarie slashes interest-only home loan rates for investors

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Macquarie Bank has slashed a wide range of interest-only investor home loans by up to 55 basis points.

On Tuesday, Macquarie enacted a wide range of interest rate cuts, including:

  • Basic Fixed Investment 1 Year IO: 55 basis point cut to 2.89% p.a. (3.30% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Basic Fixed Investment 2 Years IO: 55 basis point cut to 2.89% p.a. (3.26% p.a. comparison rate*)

These rates are for borrowers with a maximum LVR of 80%.

A number of other loan types were cut by between 10 and 55 basis points, including investment loans with offset accounts attached.

"Now more than ever people are looking for certainty around their budgeting and expenses, especially when it comes to home loans," a Macquarie spokesperson said.

Buying an investment property or looking to refinance? The table below features home loans with some of the lowest variable interest rates on the market for investors.

Lender
Advertised rate Comparison rate Monthly repayment Rate TypeOffsetRedrawOngoing FeeUpfront FeesLVRLump Sum RepaymentAdditional RepaymentsPre-approval

VariableMore details
GET A FULL OFFSET ACCOUNT FOR NO EXTRA COST

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

  • No upfront or ongoing fees
  • 100% full offset account
  • Extra repayments + redraw services
GET A FULL OFFSET ACCOUNT FOR NO EXTRA COST

Low Rate Home Loan - Prime (Principal and Interest) (Investment) (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 Investor, 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 Investor, 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
AN EASY ONLINE APPLICATION

Yard Investment Loan (Principal and Interest) (LVR < 80%)

  • No application fee
  • Unlimited additional repayments
  • Unlimited free redraws
AN EASY ONLINE APPLICATION

Yard Investment Loan (Principal and Interest) (LVR < 80%)

  • No application fee
  • Unlimited additional repayments
  • Unlimited free redraws
VariableMore details
FREE REDRAW FACILITY

Smart Investor Home Loan (Principal and Interest) (LVR < 80%)

  • Option to add an offset for 0.10%
  • Fast turnaround times, can meet 30 day settlement
  • No on-going or monthly fees
FREE REDRAW FACILITY

Smart Investor Home Loan (Principal and Interest) (LVR < 80%)

  • Option to add an offset for 0.10%
  • Fast turnaround times, can meet 30 day settlement
  • No on-going or monthly fees

Base criteria of: a $400,000 loan amount, variable, fixed, principal and interest (P&I) home loans with an LVR (loan-to-value) ratio of at least 80%. However, the ‘Compare Home Loans’ table allows for calculations to made on variables as selected and input by the user. All products will list the LVR with the product and rate which are clearly published on the Product Provider’s web site. Monthly repayments, once the base criteria are altered by the user, will be based on the selected products’ advertised rates and determined by the loan amount, repayment type, loan term and LVR as input by the user/you. Rates correct as of October 27, 2021. View disclaimer.

Yesterday, the prudential regulator (APRA) released details into the value and number of home loans deferred in Australia as of July.

In a breakdown of risk profiles as a proportion of total loan deferrals, more than one in five of Macquarie's interest-only loans were deferred, tied first with Westpac and Bendigo Bank.

However, Macquarie did have the lowest number of 90%+ LVR loans in deferral out of the 20 largest banks, at just 3% of loans deferred.

Westpac's credit strategy team said there were "few surprises" in the APRA data.

"Key banks either reported or provided 3Q updates in August that reflected the July data and that will miss any further Victorian downside. August and September will prove more interesting," they said.

In total, about one in ten of Macquarie's loans were deferred, which is in-line with the wider market.

Is there a cliff coming?

A large portion of loans in Australia are funded by residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), which are explained in further detail here.

The amount of loans deferred can impact wholesale funding as investors adjust their appetite for risk.

Yesterday, credit ratings agency Moody's said it expects 'delinquencies' to rise in the coming months - that is loan pools that are in arrears by more than 30 days.

"Australian RMBS delinquency rates will increase for the remainder of 2020 because of the ongoing economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak," the Moody's report said.

"Government relief measures, monetary policy easing and lender loan payment deferrals also supported borrowers over the June quarter, which contributed to lower prime RMBS delinquencies."

However, Moody's did point to a potential cliff should borrowers not start to repay their loans once deferrals end.

"As government and lender support measures expire in coming months, we expect delinquency rates to increase," its report said.

"Some borrowers on loan payment deferrals will not be able to resume full loan payments once deferral periods end.

"Deferred loans do not count as delinquent, but will do so if borrowers do not resume repayments at the end of deferral periods."

Non-banks have fewer loans in deferral

Yesterday, credit rating agency Standard & Poor's (S&P) released data into where most of the COVID-19 relief is coming from in the mortgage securities space.

In the 'prime' RMBS sector in July, it was revealed that, on average, 7.1% of major banks' securities had some form of deferral or relief in the underlying pool of mortgages.

This was as opposed to non-banks, which had 6.2% of theirs receiving some form of relief, while regional banks had 10.4% on average, representing an uptick from 8.3% in April. 

By state, Western Australia had the highest rate of delinquencies at 2.61%, followed by the Northern Territory at 2.59%.

Low-doc loans had an uptick in arrears to 6.52%, while 90-day-plus delinquencies rose to 4.38% - APRA data revealed 17% of all small business loans were deferred in July, amounting to $55 billion.


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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