Today some announced rate cuts came into effect, with Heritage Bank, Suncorp, and Adelaide Bank cutting home loans cut rates by up to 50 basis points.
Suncorp's sub-2% home loans became available, with the 'Home Package Plus' loan for owner-occupiers cut by 40 basis points down to 1.89% p.a. (2.94% p.a. comparison rate*).
Borrowers must pay principal and interest (P&I), and fix the loan for two years, with a minimum 20% deposit (80% LVR).
The equivalent three-year fixed loan was also cut by 50 basis points down to 1.99% p.a. (2.90% p.a. comparison rate*).
Heritage Bank and Adelaide Bank also cut a wide variety of home loans, but still no home loans below a 2% advertised rate.
Buying a home or looking to refinance? The table below features home loans with some of the lowest fixed and variable interest rates on the market for owner occupiers.
Heritage instead cut its 'Home Advantage' packaged loan by 40 basis points down to 2.19% p.a. (3.16% p.a. comparison rate*).
Owner-occupier borrowers pay P&I and must be willing to fix for two years.
Heritage also cut an incredibly wide range of other loans, both for investors and owner-occupiers, paying P&I and interest-only (IO), on packaged and non-packaged products.
Adelaide Bank's lowest advertised rate is now 2.05% p.a., which applies to a few fixed loans.
Its 'SmartFix' home loan fixed for three years was cut by 39 basis points down to 2.05% p.a. (2.80% p.a. comparison rate*).
A pile-on in the sub-2% game
The latest cuts come after it was revealed ANZ was the only big four bank not to have a home loan under 2%, while also cutting its savings account down to 0.50% p.a.
A few other lenders to cut below the 2% threshold in the past week include:
- QBANK: 1.89% p.a. (3.37% p.a. comparison rate*) owner-occupier 'special offer' fixed for 3 years.
- Greater Bank: 1.89% p.a. (3.74% p.a. comparison rate*) owner-occupier discounted rate fixed for 1 year.
- BankVic: 1.95% p.a. (3.75% p.a. comparison rate*) 'Premium Home' owner-occupied fixed for 2 years.
- IMB: 1.97% p.a. (2.97% p.a. comparison rate*) owner-occupied fixed for 3 years.
In Savings.com.au's market research, there are now at least 35 lenders offering advertised home loan rates below 2%.
As always, 'special' or 'discounted' offers could end at any time - check with the lender to confirm rates and promotional periods.
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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