Major online lender launches sub-2.00% home loan

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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.  

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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  • Min 30% deposit
  • No monthly or ongoing fees, add 0.10% for offset
  • Unlimited redraws

Variable Home Loan (LVR < 70%)

  • Min 30% deposit
  • No monthly or ongoing fees, add 0.10% for offset
  • Unlimited redraws
Variable
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REFINANCE ONLY
  • A low-rate variable home loan from a 100% online lender. Backed by the Commonwealth Bank.
REFINANCE ONLY

Variable Rate Home Loan – Refinance Only

  • A low-rate variable home loan from a 100% online lender. Backed by the Commonwealth Bank.
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
More details
NO ONGOING FEES
  • 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
NO ONGOING FEES

Yard PAYG Home Loan (Principal and Interest) LVR ≤ 80%

  • 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

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 August 10, 2022. 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. 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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Alex joined Savings.com.au as a finance journalist in 2019. He enjoys covering in-depth economical releases and breaking down how they might affect the everyday punter. He is passionate about providing Australians with the information and tools needed to make them financially stable for their futures.

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