An 'environmentally friendly' home loan under 2%

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on November 27, 2020
An 'environmentally friendly' home loan under 2%

Bank Australia, a bank that claims to be environmentally sustainable, this week introduced two home loans under the 2% advertised rate threshold.

Like a lot of other lenders with home loans under 2%, borrowers must be willing to package and fix their loans for two to three years.

  • Premium Package Fixed 2 Years: 20 basis point cut to 1.99% p.a. (3.23% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Premium Package Fixed 3 Years: 20 basis point cut to 1.99% p.a. (3.15% p.a. comparison rate*)

With these loans, borrowers must have a minimum 30% deposit, i.e. 70% LVR, and pay principal & interest (P&I).

In Savings.com.au's market research, there are now at least 35 lenders with advertised rates less than 2% - below are how a few compare.

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

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

  • We lower your rate based off how much you’ve paid down your loan
  • Automatic rate match
  • No upfront or ongoing fees
ZERO APPLICATION FEESFEE FREE OFFSET

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

  • We lower your rate based off how much you’ve paid down your loan
  • Automatic rate match
  • No upfront or ongoing fees
VariableMore details
REFINANCE IN MINUTES, NOT WEEKS

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

  • No application or ongoing fees.
  • 100% free offset sub account.
  • Fast online application, approval in minutes not weeks.
  • Mobile app, Visa debit card, Apple and Google Pay
  • Refinance loans and variable rates only.
REFINANCE IN MINUTES, NOT WEEKS

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

  • No application or ongoing fees.
  • 100% free offset sub account.
  • Fast online application, approval in minutes not weeks.
  • Mobile app, Visa debit card, Apple and Google Pay
  • Refinance loans and variable rates only.

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 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 January 18, 2022. View disclaimer.

Bank Australia says its 'money is clean' because it's never loaned to fossil fuel industries or to live animal exporters.

All loans are subject to its 'Responsible Banking Policy', with Bank Australia having a penchant for individual borrowers, community renewable energy, and community and disability housing. 

See also: Concerned about climate change? Consider switching your super

Bank Australia was contacted for comment in regards to how much it had drawn down from the Reserve Bank's Term Funding Facility (TFF).

Under the TFF, banks can draw down low-cost funding at a rate of 0.10% p.a. over a period of three years (previously 0.25%), which partly explains why so many lenders offer competitive home loans under 2% on fixed terms of two to three years. 

Bank Australia also has a securitised 'warehouse facility' through ANZ, which provides funding through means other than deposits.

ANZ has previously loaned to fossil fuel industries but has vowed to end funding to thermal coal by 2030.

Other notable rate movements

On Monday, MOVE Bank also cut below the 2% barrier, on its 'Complete Package', fixed for one year.

It was cut by 20 basis points to 1.99% p.a. (3.11% p.a. comparison rate*).

Borrowers can have as little as a 5% deposit - i.e. a 95% LVR - but must pay P&I repayments. 

Conversely, MOVE also raised the interest rate on its equivalent three-year fixed loan by 30 basis points. 

Bank of Us also cut a few home loan rates.

Most notably its 'FlexiDiscount' home loan fixed for two years was cut by 20 basis points to 2.29% p.a. (2.73% p.a. comparison rate*).

On that particular loan, borrowers must have a minimum 20% deposit, though Bank of Us also offers home loans to borrowers with smaller deposits. 

Previously, these loans were among the first to be cut below the 2% threshold - albeit for Tasmanian residents only - yet they were offered for a limited time, raised, and then cut again.


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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 is passionate about breaking down complex financial topics for the everyday consumer.

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