This week, Bank of Queensland and Credit Union SA cut some home loan interest rates, with one home loan slashed by 106 basis points.
The 106 basis point cut was made by Credit Union SA, on its Investment Variable Rate Home Loan, paying principal and interest (P&I), and is a discounted special offer.
The rate is now 2.59% p.a (2.69% p.a. comparison rate*).
The corresponding interest-only (IO) loan was also cut by 66 basis points, down to 3.19% p.a. (3.21% p.a. comparison rate*)
Meanwhile, BOQ also made a few cuts, including:
- Residential Fixed 5 Years Discount 80%: 45 basis point cut to 2.54% p.a. (3.34% p.a. comparison rate*)
- Investment Fixed 5 Years Discount 80%: 25 basis point cut to 2.74% p.a. (3.52% p.a. comparison rate*)
Note that special offers and discounts can be withdrawn at any time.
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.
Smart Booster Home Loan
- Discount variable for 1 year <=80% LVR
- No ongoing fees
- Unlimited redraw facility
Monthly repayments: $1,476
- Discount variable for 1 year
- No ongoing fees
- Unlimited redraw facility
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. Monthly repayments were calculated based on the selected products’ advertised rates, applied to a $400,000 loan with a 30-year loan term.
Other BOQ and Credit Union SA changes
The party didn't stop there, with both lenders changing rates on a variety of other loans.
Credit Union SA raised rates on a couple of loans, including:
- Fixed Package 2 Years P&I Package Special: 20 basis point rise to 2.39% p.a. (3.55% p.a. comparison rate*)
- Fixed Package 3 Years P&I Package Special: 20 basis point rise to 2.39% p.a. (3.48% p.a. comparison rate*)
Note these are still under the 'special offer' moniker, and are for owner-occupiers paying P&I on a home loan package.
BOQ also cut its three-year fixed residential home loan as a discounted rate, for owner-occupiers paying P&I with a maximum LVR of 80%.
The rate was cut by 10 basis points and now stands at 2.25% p.a. (3.41% p.a. comparison rate*).
ME Bank cuts to 'lowest ever'
Today, ME Bank cut its variable basic owner-occupier loans down to its 'lowest levels ever':
- Basic Owner Occupier P&I <80%: 59 basis point cut to 2.58% p.a. (2.60% p.a. comparison rate*)
- Basic Owner Occupier P&I <95%: 53 basis point cut to 2.99% p.a. (3.01% p.a. comparison rate*)
These rates are for minimum loan amounts of $150,000.
ME's general manager of home lending Andrew Bartolo said the no-frills rates deliver "exactly what many Australians want".
"ME’s Basic Home Loan is already very simple, with no frills or fancy features and no ongoing account keeping fees," he said.
The new rates are eligible for new and refinancing customers applying on 28 August and later.
Compared to other owner occupier loans, as seen in the table above, ME's cuts now bring it in line with some of the most competitive loans in the market.
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): 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.
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*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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