Westpac has today lowered various fixed & variable home loan interest rates by as much as 130 basis points.
A number of interest rates across Westpac’s range of ‘Premier Advantage’ package loans and ‘Flexi’ loans have been cut, which includes loans for investors and owner-occupiers on principal and interest (P&I) or interest-only (IO) repayments.
The new fixed rates are available to new customers or existing Westpac customers who switch to a fixed-rate loan, while the variable-rate cuts apply to new customers only.
Westpac’s General Manager for Home Ownership Will Ranken told Savings.com.au fixed loans remain a popular option for customers looking for certainty around their home loan repayments.
“Today’s changes provide a competitive offering for both property investors and owner-occupiers,” Mr Ranken said.
“The current low interest rate environment is driving competitive offers for home buyers, which coupled with the new home loan incentives and discounts available may make it an appealing time for Australians to start thinking about purchasing a home.”
Westpac investor rate cuts
Most of Westpac’s biggest changes applied to fixed IO loans for investors.
The biggest rate cut was saved for its four-year fixed IO ‘Premier Advantage’ package loan for investors, which had its rate reduced by 130 basis points to 3.79% p.a. (4.64% p.a. comparison rate*).
Fixed-rate investment borrowers can alternatively take out the two-year fixed IO ‘Premier Advantage’ package loan with Westpac at 3.59% p.a. (4.72% p.a. comparison rate) after its rate was cut by 30 basis points.
Westpac also cut one variable IO package loan for investors by 44 basis points to 3.99% p.a. (4.00% p.a. comparison rate*).
P&I fixed-rates for investors under the ‘Premier Advantage’ package were also cut by up to 110 basis points, while the P&I ‘Flexi First Option’ variable rate was cut by 34 basis points.
Westpac owner-occupier rate cuts
Westpac also cut rates on a number of owner-occupier products.
IO loans were again the biggest movers, with the Premier Advantage fixed rates at the forefront.
The five-year IO loan for owner occupiers saw a rate decrease of 110 basis points to 3.99% p.a. (4.55% p.a. comparison rate*).
The one-year Premier Advantage IO rate was cut by 70 basis points to 3.89% p.a. (4.63% p.a. comparison rate*), while the four-year rate was cut by 100 basis points to 3.99% p.a. (4.57% p.a. comparison rate).
There were similar changes made to the Premier Advantage products with P&I repayments.
The five-year P&I loan saw a rate decrease of 60 basis points to 3.49% p.a. (4.02% p.a. comparison rate*).
The one-year Premier Advantage P&I rate was cut by 80 basis points to 3.29% p.a. (4.05% p.a. comparison rate*), while the four-year rate was cut by 60 basis points to 3.49% p.a. (4.02% p.a. comparison rate*).
The Flexi First Option home loan is the only variable owner-occupier loan to be cut, its rate for borrowers with over 70% LVR falling by 15 basis points to 3.43% p.a. (3.44% p.a. comparison rate*).
In total, 27 of Westpac’s home loans have been cut. Many of the products affected are packaged products, which have higher comparison rates due to the extra packaging fees generally associated with these sorts of loans.
Looking for a low variable rate home loan? The table below displays owner-occupier products which may represent the best of the big four banks, best of the top 10 customer-owned banks and the best of the larger non-banks.
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) owner-occupied 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. Monthly repayments were calculated based on the selected products’ advertised rates, applied to a $400,000 loan with a 30-year loan term.
Late last month Westpac’s subsidiaries – St. George, Bank of Melbourne and BankSA – announced fixed rate cuts of up to 135 basis points for new home loan applicants.
Of the lenders who have slashed rates so far this month, non-bank lender Well Home Loans has cut rates to its lowest rate yet of 2.74% p.a. (2.96% p.a. comparison rate*) for its two-year fixed-rate loan.
ME meanwhile has trimmed various interest rates to 3.29% p.a. (3.73% p.a. comparison rate*), while Heritage Bank cut fixed rates for owner-occupiers by up to 30 basis points.
After passing on some or all of the RBA’s rate cuts in June and July, there’s a huge range of home loans with interest rates below 3.50% p.a now, with some even offering rates below 3.00% p.a, such as Well Home Loans.
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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