People's Choice stands alone in cutting mortgage rates this week

author-avatar By on April 17, 2020
People's Choice stands alone in cutting mortgage rates this week

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People's Choice Credit Union was one of the only lenders to cut interest rates in the past week, cutting by up to 45 basis points.

It was a fairly quiet week for home loan rate cuts, as many lenders cut right after the Reserve Bank slashed its cash rate to 0.25% in March.

In previous weeks, fixed home loans saw most attention, with advertised rates now hovering close to the elusive 1% mark.

That trend looks to continue, with People's Choice Credit Union being one of the only significant lenders to cut rates in the past week.

The People's Choice home loans that saw the 45 basis point cut were fixed investment loans for four and five years, paying principal and interest (P&I).

For four years, the advertised interest rate is now 3.44% p.a. (4.71% p.a. comparison rate*)

And for five years, the rate is now also 3.44% (4.59% p.a. comparison rate*)

People's Choice Credit Union chief Steve Laidlaw said the cuts were in response to the 'competitive landscape'.

"Ultimately, we are focused on making sure our members have access to a competitive offering backed by an institution with their interests at heart," he said.

Some of the other rate cuts made by People's Choice were:

  • Residential Fixed P&I 3 Years: 30 basis point cut to 2.44% p.a. (4.11% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Residential Fixed P&I 2 Years: 20 basis point cut to 2.44% p.a. (4.28% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Investment Fixed P&I 3 Years: 39 basis point cut to 2.89% p.a. (4.70% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Investment Fixed P&I 2 Years: 39 basis point cut to 2.79% p.a. (4.86% p.a. comparison rate*)

Fixed rate home loan interest rates are now comparable to variable rate home loans: The table below shows a selection of variable, owner-occupied home loans with some of the lowest interest rates in the market.

Base criteria of: a $400,000 loan amount, variable, principal and interest (P&I) owner-occupied 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. Monthly repayments were calculated based on the selected products’ advertised rates, applied to a $400,000 loan with a 30-year loan term.


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Harrison joined Savings in 2020. He is a journalist with more than four years of experience, with previous stints at News Corp and financial comparison site Canstar. With a keen interest in personal finance, Harrison is passionate about helping consumers make more informed financial decisions.

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