Well Home Loans now offers what might be Australia’s lowest home loan rate

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Well Home Loans now offers what might be Australia’s lowest home loan rate

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Non-bank lender Well Home Loans is shaking up the mortgage market, cutting its fixed home loan rates to the lowest rate yet – at 2.74%.

The online lender has cut rates on its Well Balanced mortgage for owner-occupiers.

The two-year fixed rate has been slashed to 2.74% p.a. (comparison rate 2.96% p.a.) while the three-year fixed rate has also been reduced to 2.74% p.a. (comparison rate 2.94% p.a.).

Those could be the lowest fixed home loan rates in the country, beating Greater Bank’s fixed rate of 2.79% p.a. (at the time of writing).

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

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 October 26, 2021. View disclaimer.

Despite the Reserve Bank opting to keep the cash rate steady at its most recent meeting, that hasn’t stopped lenders from cutting their home loan rates.

With more RBA rate cuts expected to come, these are likely not the last cuts to home loan interest rates we can expect to see.

ME Bank home loan rate cuts

ME Bank has hopped on board the bandwagon, trimming rates on its fixed and variable home loans for investors and owner-occupiers, effective from today.

The discounts are only available for new customers and the $395 package fee still applies.

The bank’s Flexible Home Loan with Member Package will now have a variable rate of 3.29% p.a. (comparison rate 3.73% p.a.) which the lender has said is its “most competitive advertised variable rate ever”.

That rate is only on offer for owner-occupiers paying principal and interest with an LVR of 80% or lower and a loan amount of $700k or more.

Owner-occupiers borrowing $400k making principal and interest repayments with an LVR between 80% and 90% can enjoy a variable rate of 3.57% p.a. (comparison rate 4.00% p.a.).

Fixed-rate borrowers haven’t been left out either. New customers can score three-year fixed rates from 3.48% p.a. across its investment loans (comparison rates differ).

Investors making principal and interest repayments with an LVR of 90% or below can enjoy a fixed rate of 3.48% p.a. (comparison rate 4.25% p.a.).

If you’re an investor making interest-only repayments with an LVR of 80% or under, a fixed rate of 3.69% p.a. will now apply to your loan (comparison rate 4.18% p.a.).

Heritage Bank home loan rate cuts

Heritage Bank has joined in on the action, cutting rates on its fixed home loans for owner-occupiers by up to 0.30%, effective from today for new customers only.

The bank’s Home Advantage loan will now have a fixed rate of up to 3.49% p.a. (comparison rates differ).

The two-year fixed rate has been cut to 3.09% p.a. (comparison rate 3.72% p.a.) while the three-year fixed rate has been cut to a competitive 2.99% p.a. (comparison rate 3.67% p.a.). The five-year fixed rate has been trimmed to 3.49% p.a. (comparison rate 3.81% p.a.).


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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Emma Duffy is Assistant Editor at Your Mortgage and  Your Investment Property Mag, which are part of the Savings Media Group. In this role, she manages a team of journalists and expert contributors committed to keeping readers informed about the latest home loan and finance news and trends, as well as providing in-depth property guides. She is also a finance journalist at Savings.com.au which she joined shortly after its launch in early 2019. Emma has a Bachelor in Journalism and has been published in several other publications and been featured on radio.

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