Macquarie introduces 'lowest ever' fixed home loan rates

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on May 29, 2020
Macquarie introduces 'lowest ever' fixed home loan rates

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After cutting home loan rates two weeks ago, yesterday Macquarie cut again, primarily to its fixed investment home loans with 70% loan-to-value ratios.

In total, from Savings.com.au's research, Macquarie made cuts to nearly 50 individual home loan products, from 10 basis points to 35 basis points. 

This follows on from a variety of home loan rate cuts the bank made two weeks ago, with a large proportion of both rate cuts  applying to loans with low LVRs (loan-to-value ratios), around 60-70%.

Buying a home or looking to refinance? The table below features home loans with some of the lowest interest rates on the market for owner occupiers. 

Lender

Variable
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UNLIMITED REDRAWSSPECIAL OFFER
  • 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%
UNLIMITED REDRAWSSPECIAL 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%
Variable
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AN EASY DIGITAL APPLICATION
  • No ongoing fees - None!
  • Unlimited additional repayments
  • Easy online application, find out if you're approved quick!
  • Redraw- Access your additional payments if you need them
  • Use the app to get loan insights to help you pay off your home loan faster
AN EASY DIGITAL APPLICATION

Neat Variable Home Loan (Principal and Interest) (LVR < 60%)

  • No ongoing fees - None!
  • Unlimited additional repayments
  • Easy online application, find out if you're approved quick!
  • Redraw- Access your additional payments if you need them
  • Use the app to get loan insights to help you pay off your home loan faster
Variable
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100% FULL OFFSET ACCOUNTNO APPLICATION FEE OR ONGOING FEES
  • 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
Variable
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NSW/VIC/SA METRO & INNER REGIONAL AREAS$5000 CASHBACK. T&Cs APPLY.
  • No upfront or ongoing fees
  • 100% full offset account
  • Extra repayments + redraw services
NSW/VIC/SA METRO & INNER REGIONAL AREAS$5000 CASHBACK. T&Cs APPLY.

Variable Home Loan (Principal and Interest)

  • No upfront or ongoing fees
  • 100% full offset account
  • Extra repayments + redraw services

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 be 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. *The Comparison rate is based on a $150,000 loan over 25 years. Warning: this comparison rate is true only for this example and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate. Rates correct as of May 25, 2022. View disclaimer.

The lowest advertised interest rate is now 2.19% p.a, which applies to owner-occupied loans fixed for one and two years, paying principal and interest (P&I) - more details are below.

Borrowers must have a minimum deposit of 30% to access these rates i.e. 70% LVR. 

The cut to low LVR products "continues to reflect our prudent approach and ongoing focus on lower LVR lending", Macquarie's head of personal banking Ben Perham told Savings.com.au.

"We know homebuyers are looking for more certainty when it comes to their home loan," he said.

"Now, more than ever, they want to make sure their money is working hard for them and they’re looking for that extra peace of mind.

"That’s why we’re pleased to be offering our lowest fixed rates ever."

A note to Macquarie's broker network, as seen by Savings.com.au, also indicated the rate cuts were in-part prompted by broker feedback.

Home loans of note to get a haircut this week include:

  • Basic Fixed Investment P&I 70% 1 Year: 35 basis point cut to 2.59% p.a. (2.95% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Basic Fixed Investment P&I 70% 2 Years: 35 basis point cut to 2.59% p.a. (2.92% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Basic Fixed Investment P&I 70% 3 Years: 35 basis point cut to 2.59% p.a. (2.89% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Basic Fixed Owner Occupied P&I 70% 1 Year: 20 basis point cut to 2.19% p.a. (2.69% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Basic Fixed Owner Occupied P&I 70% 2 Years: 20 basis point cut to 2.19% p.a. (2.65% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Basic Fixed Owner Occupied P&I 70% 3 Years: 20 basis point cut to 2.19% p.a. (2.60% p.a. comparison rate*)

A number of owner occupied loans with offset accounts also saw interest rate cuts by up to 35 basis points.

Freedom Lend, IMB also cut high LVR loans

Freedom Lend and IMB also made cuts by some margin, however, these lenders primarily focused on products requiring smaller deposits, some as low as 5%. Some featured cuts are below.

Freedom Lend rate cuts

  • Freedom Fixed P&I 2 Years 95%: 15 basis point cut to 2.19% p.a. (2.95% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Freedom Fixed P&I 3 Years 80%: 10 basis point cut to 2.24% p.a. (2.66% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Freedom Fixed P&I 3 Years 95%: 10 basis point cut to 2.24% p.a. (2.90% p.a. comparison rate*)

A number of home loans fixed for one, four and five years also saw cuts by up to 28 basis points.

IMB rate cuts

IMB made two key rate cuts yesterday, both by 10 basis points, and both down to an advertised rate of 2.99% p.a:

  • Residential Fixed P&I 4 Years 90%: 3.21% p.a. comparison rate*
  • Residential Fixed P&I 5 Years 90%: 3.20% p.a. comparison rate*

These rate changes follow on from rate changes last week, where NAB slashed some of its loans by up to 60 basis points while ANZ raised some of its own.


Disclaimers

The entire market was not considered in selecting the above products. Rather, a cut-down portion of the market has been considered. 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. Savings.com.au, yourmortgage.com.au, yourinvestmentpropertymag.com.au, and Performance Drive are part of the Savings Media group. In the interests of full disclosure, the Savings Media Group are associated with the Firstmac Group. To read about how Savings Media Group manages potential conflicts of interest, along with how we get paid, please visit the web site links at the bottom of this page.

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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 strives to deliver and edit news and guides that are engaging, thought-provoking, and simple to read.

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