Major online lender launches sub-2.00% home loan

author-avatar By on July 22, 2020
Major online lender launches sub-2.00% home loan

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One of Australia's largest non-bank lenders, loans.com.au, has launched what could be Australia's lowest variable home loan rate.

Launched today, loans.com.au's new Smart Booster Discounted Variable Home Loan has a 1.99% p.a. introductory variable rate (2.55% p.a. comparison rate*).

The 1.99% p.a. interest rate applies for one year before reverting to a rate of 2.57% p.a.

Available to homebuyers and refinancers with at least a 20% deposit or equity, the new mortgage is considered to be Australia's first variable rate home loan with an interest rate under 2%, albeit an introductory one.

It's an offer which throws down the gauntlet to other lenders in Australia amid an increasingly competitive home loan market.  

Check out how the new home loan compares to some of the other competitive variable rates on the market: 

Provider
Ad rate
p.a.
Comp rate*
p.a.
Monthly
repayment
 
Purchase/Refi 80% Smart Booster Home Loan
1.99% 2.55% $1,476 Go to site
2.89% 2.89% $1,663 Go to site
Budget Home Loan OO P&I
2.68% 2.74% $1,618 Go to site
2.39% 2.40% $1,558 Go to site
Economy Variable P&I 70%
2.69% 2.86% $1,620 Go to site

Base criteria of: a $400,000 loan amount, variable, principal and interest (P&I) home loans with an LVR (loan-to-value) ratio of at least 80%. If products listed have an LVR <80%, they will be clearly identified in the product name along with the specific LVR. The product and rate must be clearly published on the Product Provider’s web site. Introductory rate products were not considered for selection. Monthly repayments were calculated based on the selected products’ advertised rates, applied to a $400,000 loan with a 30-year loan term. Rates correct as at 22 July 2020. View disclaimer.

Loans.com.au Managing Director Marie Mortimer said she was excited about what the new rate could mean for Australian borrowers. 

“This is the lowest variable rate we have ever offered,” Ms Mortimer said.

“This is a great opportunity for Australians to boost their equity and own their own home sooner.

“Borrowers who are considering switching to a lower rate should take the opportunity to reassess their loan provider and potentially refinance."

The online lender also launched a two year discounted variable rate of 2.09% p.a.(2.71% p.a comparison rate*).

Both products are limited to a maximum loan amount of $1,000,000 and a maximum loan-to-value ratio (LVR) of 80%.  

Only a fortnight ago, loans.com.au made sweeping changes to its existing variable and fixed products, cutting its two-year fixed rate for owner-occupiers paying principal and interest to just 2.29% p.a. (2.98% p.a. comparison rate).

Ms Mortimer said refinancing was much easier than people realised, especially with the wealth of online lenders in Australia. 

“Many people are keen to leave the big banks and are surprised to discover how easy it is to refinance and the great deals that are out there with online lenders,” she said.

“Many of our customers tell us that they delayed refinancing because they thought it would be a big hassle but it turned out to be much simpler than they expected and well worth the time invested.”

loans.com.au may be the first lender to offer a variable rate home loan under 2%, but it's not the first time a home loan has started with a 1. 

At the end of June, Tasmanian-based Bank of Us offered Tasmanian residents fixed-rate home loans for up to three years for 1.99% p.a.

But while Bank of Us' rate will be locked in for fixed term for, loans.com.au's rate will not.

Being a variable rate there is the possibility it could increase or decrease during the introductory period.


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 2019. 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.

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.

*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.

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