While the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) decided to keep the cash rate steady at its recent meeting, that hasn’t stopped a number of lenders from cutting their fixed home loan rates.
It’s been over a month since the RBA cut the official cash rate to 1.00%, but the rate cuts keep coming.
A number of lenders, including loans.com.au, have recently slashed a number of fixed rate home loans for owner occupiers and investors by up to 85 basis points.
Tic:Toc fixed rate cuts
Online lender Tic:Toc has announced fixed rate cuts of up to 85 basis points across a number of its investor and owner occupier home loans.
Among the largest rate reductions, the Live-in Fixed 3-year rate for owner occupiers making principal and interest repayments was slashed by 85 basis points to 2.99% p.a. (3.09% p.a. comparison rate*).
Meanwhile, changes to Tic:Toc’s Investment fixed home loan, effective from 9 August, are as follows:
- One-year fixed principal and interest rates have been reduced by 75 basis points to 3.09% p.a. (3.34% p.a. comparison rate*)
- Three-year fixed principal and interest rates have been reduced by 80 basis points to 3.09% p.a. (3.34% p.a. comparison rate*)
- One-year fixed interest only rates have been reduced by 79 basis points to 3.25% p.a. (3.33% p.a. comparison rate*)
- Three-year fixed interest only rates have been reduced by 74 basis points to 3.25% p.a. (3.33% p.a. comparison rate*)
Looking for a low variable rate home loan? The table below displays owner occupier products which may represent the best of the big four banks, best of the top 10 customer-owned banks and the best of the larger non-banks.
|Purchase or Refi, P&I 80% Smart Home Loan||3.03%||3.05%||$1,693||More details|
|Real Deal P&I Special Offer 90% 150k+||3.15%||3.16%||$1,718||More details|
|Base Variable Rate P&I Special Offer <80%||3.35%||3.39%||$1,763||More details|
|Purchase or Refi, P&I 80% Smart Home Loan|
|Real Deal P&I Special Offer 90% 150k+|
|Base Variable Rate P&I Special Offer <80%|
*Data accurate as at 2 August 2019. See disclaimer. This table shows (at the time of writing) some of the sharpest rates on offer from the big 4, the top 10 customer-owned institutions (e.g. not-for-profits, credit unions etc.) and the larger non-banks (for their variable, P&I, owner-occupier, non-honeymoon home loans with a loan amount of $400,000).
ME Bank fixed rate cuts
ME Bank has made a number of changes to its range of fixed rate home loans this week, most notably slashing 3-year fixed rates to a historic low for the bank.
The bank announced a 40 basis point reduction to its three-year fixed home loan for owner occupiers to 3.18% p.a. (3.87% p.a. comparison rate*) – the lowest rate ever offered by the bank, according to ME.
Suncorp fixed rate cuts
Suncorp Bank reduced fixed rates across a range of home loan offerings.
The Queensland-based lender cut its two and three-year fixed rates across its owner occupier loans.
Fixed rate cuts for owner occupiers:
- Two-year fixed principal and interest Home Package Plus Special Offer have been reduced by 20 basis points to 3.09% p.a. (3.90% p.a. comparison rate*)
- Three-year fixed principal and interest Home Package Plus Special Offer have been reduced by 20 basis points to 2.99% p.a. (3.84% p.a. comparison rate*)
Heritage Bank fixed rate cuts
Heritage Bank this week cut fixed rates on its home loans by up to 30 basis points.
- Two-year fixed Residential have been reduced by 30 basis points to 3.14% p.a. (4.67% p.a. comparison rate*)
- Three-year fixed Residential have been reduced by 30 basis points to 3.19% p.a. (4.55% p.a. comparison rate*)
- Two-year fixed Home Advantage Residential have been reduced by 30 basis points to 3.14% p.a. (3.75% p.a. comparison rate*)
- Three-year fixed Home Advantage Residential have been reduced by 30 basis points to 3.19% p.a. (3.74% p.a. comparison rate*)
Loans.com.au fixed rate cuts
In case you missed it, online lender Loans.com.au cut fixed home loan rates at the start of August by up to 60 basis points.
Their Fixed Home Loan 3-year rate for owner occupiers making interest only repayments was slashed by a big 60 basis points to 3.54% p.a. (3.51% p.a. comparison rate*).
Meanwhile, the Fixed Home Loan 3-year fixed term rate for investors was trimmed by 55 basis points to 3.79% p.a. (3.83% p.a. comparison rate*).
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.
- 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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