UBank, Westpac, Teachers Mutual & others chop home loan rates below 3%

author-avatar By on November 05, 2019
UBank, Westpac, Teachers Mutual & others chop home loan rates below 3%

It’s been a big year for home loan rate cuts, and with the RBA not expected to cut the cash rate again till next year, this week’s cuts by Westpac, UBank, St George, Bank of Melbourne and Teachers Mutual Bank could be among the last we see in 2019.

With three cash rate cuts from the Reserve Bank this year and at least one more expected in the near future, it’s never been a better time to be a borrower.

After cutting rates this week, big four bank Westpac, its subsidiaries St George and Bank of Melbourne, the customer-owned Teachers Mutual, plus NAB-owned online bank UBank are now among the many lenders offering home loans with advertised rates below 3% p.a.

Below are some of the lowest variable home loan rates on offer across the big four banks, customer-owned banks and larger non-banks.

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
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.^
FixedMore details
NO UPFRONT OR ONGOING FEES

Basic Home Loan Fixed (Principal and Interest) (LVR < 70%) 3 Years

NO UPFRONT OR ONGOING FEES

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. Rates correct as of September 27, 2021. View disclaimer.



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%. Introductory rate products were not considered for selection. Monthly repayments were calculated based on the selected products’ advertised rates, applied to a $400,000 loan with a 30-year loan term. Rates correct as at 1 November 2019. View disclaimer.

Westpac fixed rate cuts

Westpac has cut a number of its fixed rates and doubled the discount for new borrowers with big deposits.

Borrowers who have a healthy deposit of at least 30% will receive 10% off the headline rate. Borrowers with smaller deposits won’t receive any discounts. The discount isn’t available to existing customers.

The discount will apply to owner-occupier and investment loans, variable and fixed loans including package deals.

The big four bank has also reduced rate cuts for a number of its fixed home loans:

  • Two-year fixed Premier Advantage for borrowers making principal and interest (P&I) repayments with a loan size of $150k with an LVR of 70% has been cut by 5 basis points to 2.88% p.a. (comparison rate 3.75% p.a.)
  • Three-year fixed Premier Advantage for borrowers making principal and interest (P&I) repayments with a loan size of $150k with an LVR of 70% has been cut by 5 basis points to 2.88% p.a. (comparison rate 3.75% p.a.)

UBank variable rate cuts

UBank finally materialised the rate cuts it announced earlier in the month following the RBA rate cut, slashing various rates by 25 basis points:

  • Discount offer for owner-occupiers making P&I repayments with a loan size of $200k has been cut by 25 basis points to 2.84% p.a. (comparison rate 2.84% p.a.)
  • Discount Offer for owner-occupiers making P&I repayments with a loan size of $700k+ has been cut by 25 basis points to 2.84% p.a (comparison rate 2.84% p.a.)
  • Discount Offer for owner-occupiers making P&I repayments with a loan size of $100-199k has been cut by 25 basis points to 2.99% p.a. (comparison rate 2.99% p.a.)

Teachers Mutual Bank rate cuts

Starting from today, Teachers Mutual Bank is launching a special one-year introductory rate of 2.80% p.a. (3.29% p.a. comparison rate*) for its Classic Home Loan.

The rate is available for a limited time only to owner-occupiers with a deposit of at least 20%, with a loan size from $250,000 to $1,000,000 from any Teachers Mutual Bank Limited Brand (Firefighters Mutual Bank, Health Professionals Bank, Teachers Mutual Bank or UniBank.

Bank of Melbourne variable rate cuts

Bank of Melbourne is now offering variable rates as low as 2.94% p.a. (comparison rates differ, see below):

  • Basic Promo Variable for borrowers making P&I repayments with an LVR of 60% has been cut by 15 basis points to 2.94% p.a. (2.96% p.a. comparison rate)
  • Basic Promo Variable for borrowers making P&I repayments with an LVR between 60% and 80% have been cut by 15 basis points to 2.99% p.a. (3.01% p.a. comparison rate)
  • Basic Promo Variable for borrowers making P&I repayments with an LVR between 80% to 95% has been cut by 15 basis points to 3.04% p.a. (3.06% p.a. comparison rate)

St George variable rate cuts

Like fellow Westpac Subsidiary Bank of Melbourne, St George is also offering new rates as low as 2.94%, with the bank cutting by 15 basis points:

  • Basic Promo Variable for borrowers making P&I repayments with an LVR of at least 60% has been cut to 2.94% p.a. (2.96% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Basic Promo Variable for borrowers making P&I repayments with an LVR of 60% to 80% has been cut to 2.99% p.a. (3.01% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Basic Promo Variable for borrowers making P&I repayments with an LVR of over 80% has been cut to 3.04% p.a. (3.06% p.a. comparison rate*)


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
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.^
FixedMore details
NO UPFRONT OR ONGOING FEES

Basic Home Loan Fixed (Principal and Interest) (LVR < 70%) 3 Years

NO UPFRONT OR ONGOING FEES

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. Rates correct as of September 27, 2021. View disclaimer.


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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William Jolly joined Savings.com.au as a Financial Journalist in 2018, after spending two years at financial research firm Canstar. In William's articles, you're likely to find complex financial topics and products broken down into everyday language. He is deeply passionate about improving the financial literacy of Australians and providing them with resources on how to save money in their everyday lives.

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