A new home loan starting with a 1, ING, Citi also cut rates

author-avatar By on October 23, 2020
A new home loan starting with a 1, ING, Citi also cut rates

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Late last week, Freedom Lend introduced a new sub-2% home loan, one year fixed for owner occupiers paying principal & interest with 80% LVR.

The 'Freedom Fixed' loan is 1.99% p.a. (2.43% p.a. comparison rate*), and makes it the 14th lender in Savings.com.au's market research to break the sub-2% barrier.

Freedom Lend also raised a number of other fixed loans, primarily in the investment space, by up to 70 basis points. 

Elsewhere, ING cut investment home loans by between 45 and 50 basis points, while Citi also made a wide variety of changes by up to 30 basis points.

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

Lender
Advertised rate Comparison rate Monthly repayment Rate TypeOffsetRedrawOngoing FeeUpfront FeesLVRLump Sum RepaymentAdditional RepaymentsPre-approval
VariableMore details
LIMITED TIME 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%
LIMITED TIME 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%
VariableMore details
WIN YOUR HOME LOAN INTEREST FREE

Nano Home Loans Variable Owner Occupied, Principal and Interest (Refinance Only)

  • WIN your home loan interest free and save up to $1.1 million. Refinance by 29 October. T&Cs apply.
  • Refinance Only. Fast online application, refinance in minutes, not weeks.
  • No Nano fees, Free 100% offset sub account. Mobile app. Visa debit card & instant payments.
WIN YOUR HOME LOAN INTEREST FREE

Nano Home Loans Variable Owner Occupied, Principal and Interest (Refinance Only)

  • WIN your home loan interest free and save up to $1.1 million. Refinance by 29 October. T&Cs apply.
  • Refinance Only. Fast online application, refinance in minutes, not weeks.
  • No Nano fees, Free 100% offset sub account. Mobile app. Visa debit card & instant payments.
VariableMore details
YOU COULD WIN $100k TO PAY DOWN YOUR LOAN*

Owner Occupier Accelerates - Celebrate (LVR < 60%) (Principal and Interest)

  • For a chance to win $100K towards your home loan, apply with Athena before Oct 31 & be approved by Dec 15
  • We lower your rate based off how much you’ve paid down your loan
  • Automatic rate match
YOU COULD WIN $100k TO PAY DOWN YOUR LOAN*

Owner Occupier Accelerates - Celebrate (LVR < 60%) (Principal and Interest)

  • For a chance to win $100K towards your home loan, apply with Athena before Oct 31 & be approved by Dec 15
  • We lower your rate based off how much you’ve paid down your loan
  • Automatic rate match
VariableMore details
AN EASY ONLINE APPLICATION

Yard Home Loan (Principal and Interest) (Special) (LVR < 70%)

  • Unlimited additional repayments
  • Unlimited free redraws
  • Optional 100% offset can be added for $120 p.a.^
AN EASY ONLINE APPLICATION

Yard Home Loan (Principal and Interest) (Special) (LVR < 70%)

  • Unlimited additional repayments
  • Unlimited free redraws
  • Optional 100% offset can be added for $120 p.a.^
VariableMore details
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
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

Rates correct as of September 25, 2021. View disclaimer.

Some of ING's changes were:

  • Inv Mortgage Simplifier P&I 150k-499k: 50 basis point cut to 2.69% p.a. (2.72% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Inv Orange Advantage P&I 150k-499k: 50 basis point cut to 2.74% p.a. (3.08% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Inv Fixed P&I 2 Years: 45 basis point cut to 2.49% p.a. (4.38% p.a. comparison rate*)

Late last month, ING cut the rate of its popular Savings Maximiser account down to 1.50% p.a., after reducing it just two months earlier.

Earlier in the week, Citi cut in excess of 40 home loans by between 5 and 30 basis points. Some of the highlights were:

  • Mortgage Plus Inv Standard Fixed IO 5 Years: 30 basis point cut to 2.89% p.a. (3.51% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Mortgage Plus P&I 5 Years 80% 350k+: 20 basis point cut to 2.39% p.a. (2.97% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Standard Fixed P&I 3 Years 80% 350k+: 10 basis point cut to 2.09% p.a. (4.45% p.a. comparison rate*)

A busier week for rate cuts

Last week, neobank 86 400 was the only lender to cut home loan interest rates, but this week activity picked up a bit.

Tic:Toc introduced one of the lowest ever home loans for those with just a 10% deposit, down to 2.19% p.a. (2.20% p.a. comparison rate*)

Another online lender, homeloans.com.au, cut a few rates to investment home loans, with the lowest 'Low Rate' home loan paying P&I with maximum 60% LVR now down 20 basis points to 2.29% p.a. (2.31% p.a. comparison rate*).

Macquarie Credit Union - not to be confused with Macquarie Bank - cut a few fixed loans, with the highlight being the 3 Year Fixed Home Loan for owner occupiers paying P&I, down 18 basis points to 2.79% p.a. (4.06% p.a. comparison rate*)

Another credit union, People's Choice, also cut a few home loans, with the highlight its Basic Variable loan for investors paying P&I with a maximum LVR of 80%, down by 40 basis points to 2.69% p.a. (2.69% p.a. comparison rate*).


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 2020. They are (in descending order): Great Southern Bank, 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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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 is passionate about breaking down complex financial topics for the everyday consumer.

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