Suncorp, Horizon Bank slash fixed home loan rates

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Suncorp, Horizon Bank slash fixed home loan rates

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In the past week, Suncorp and Horizon Bank cut fixed home loan rates for both owner occupiers and investors by up to 30 basis points.

The biggest cut belongs to Horizon Bank, which cut its five-year fixed loan, for both owner-occupiers and investors by 30 basis points. The key details are:

  • Owner Occupier Fixed 5 Years: Down to 2.99% p.a. (3.33% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Investor Fixed 5 Years: Down to 3.24% p.a. (3.58% p.a. comparison rate*)

Meanwhile, Suncorp's biggest cuts were for its fixed loans for investors. Some key highlights were:

  • Home Package Plus Investment Fixed 90% 2 Years: 20 basis point cut to 2.79% p.a. (3.65% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Home Package Plus Investment Fixed 80% 2 Years: 20 basis point cut to 2.59% p.a. (3.45% p.a. comparison rate*)

Note both of these lenders' cuts are for borrowers paying principal and interest (P&I), and Suncorp's cuts are for its packaged loans.

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

As seen above, borrowers could get a lower rate with a bigger deposit.

This 'rate tiering' is a growing trend, and other lenders such as Athena and 86 400 have introduced automatic cuts for borrowers who pay down their mortgage.

Meanwhile, on Monday, HSBC also cut a variety of home loans as a 'promotional offer' by up to 16 basis points.

The home loan to get the biggest cut was the Premier Home Smart Variable P&I 80-90%, with a 16 basis point cut to 2.79% p.a. (3.25% p.a. comparison rate*)

This is a packaged home loan and has a promotional rate for borrowers who apply by 30 November 2020.

Reduce's 'lowest ever' home loan

Earlier in the week, Reduce Home Loans introduced its first sub-2% home loan, The Reduce 'Rate Crusher' 1 Year Fixed P&I <80% at 1.90% p.a. (2.39% p.a. comparison rate*)

Initially, this was offered as an introductory variable rate for one year, but Reduce then changed it to a one-year fixed loan.

On the surface, there are effectively no differences, however, variable rates can change at any time, while fixed rates can be subject to break fees if a borrower decides to refinance.

There could also be other fees for paying down the loan early.

In Savings.com.au's market research, this new rate is the lowest on the market, and makes Reduce the ninth lender to introduce a home loan starting with a 1. 

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.


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 2019. 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.

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.

*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.

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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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