What to know about the home loan that starts with a 1

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on June 30, 2020
What to know about the home loan that starts with a 1

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Bank of Us is offering Tasmanian residents fixed-rate home loans with advertised rates as low as 1.99% p.a for up to three years.

This is the first time a lender has breached the 1% barrier after many other lenders edged close with rates in the low 2% range.

The sub-2.00% advertised rate from the Bank of Us is a 'special' offer for new owner-occupier customers on loans of up to 90% of the property value, but is said to be a limited time offer. 

The special 1.99% p.a. offer represents a 60 basis point cut over Bank of Us' regular 'FlexiDiscount' rate.

The special fixed rate will be offered across 1-year, 2-year and 3-year fixed terms:

  • FlexiDiscount Special Fixed 1 Year: 1.99% p.a. (2.88% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • FlexiDiscount Special Fixed 2 Years: 1.99% p.a. (2.81% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • FlexiDiscount Special Fixed 3 Years: 1.99% p.a. (2.73% p.a. comparison rate*)

Source: Bank of Us. Rates based on LVR >80% ≤90%

Bank of Us features the same advertised rates for borrowers with LVRs less than or equal to 80%, but the comparison rates are lower. 

The advertised rate doesn't take into account some of the fees applicable (many home loans have various fees attached, hence the higher comparison rate). 

There is a $350 loan establishment fee, however there are no ongoing monthly or yearly fees.

After the fixed period ends, the advertised interest rate reverts to a higher variable rate, which is 2.93% p.a. at the time of writing.

This revert rate is lower than what we've seen in the market, with many lenders' standard variable rates still in the 3-4% range.

More broadly, many lenders have focused on cutting interest rates for fixed loans recently as more owner-occupiers opt to lock in their home loan interest rates. 

CommBank recently revealed owner-occupiers made up nearly half of all of its fixed rate lending in May.

Bank of Us is a customer-owned bank based in Tasmania, and began as the Launceston Equitable Building and Investment Society in 1870.

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.

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
100% FULL OFFSET ACCOUNTNO APPLICATION FEE OR ONGOING FEES

Low Rate Home Loan - Prime (Principal and Interest) (Owner Occupied) (LVR < 60%)

  • No upfront or ongoing fees
  • 100% full offset account
  • Extra repayments + redraw services
100% FULL OFFSET ACCOUNTNO APPLICATION FEE OR ONGOING FEES

Low Rate Home Loan - Prime (Principal and Interest) (Owner Occupied) (LVR < 60%)

  • No upfront or ongoing fees
  • 100% full offset account
  • Extra repayments + redraw services
FixedMore details
USE A MARKET LEADING APP TO HELP YOU PAY OFF YOUR LOAN SOONER

Fixed Home Loan 1 year (Principal and Interest) (LVR < 80%)

  • Make up to $20,000 additional repayments per fixed term
  • Redraw available – lets you access any extra loan repayments you’ve made
  • Choose to rate lock for 90 days (fee applies)
USE A MARKET LEADING APP TO HELP YOU PAY OFF YOUR LOAN SOONER

Fixed Home Loan 1 year (Principal and Interest) (LVR < 80%)

  • Make up to $20,000 additional repayments per fixed term
  • Redraw available – lets you access any extra loan repayments you’ve made
  • Choose to rate lock for 90 days (fee applies)
VariableMore details
REFINANCE IN MINUTES, NOT WEEKS

Nano Home Loans Variable Owner Occupied, Principal and Interest (Refinance Only)

  • No application or ongoing fees.
  • 100% free offset sub account.
  • Fast online application, approval in minutes not weeks.
  • Mobile app, Visa debit card, Apple and Google Pay
  • Refinance loans and variable rates only.
REFINANCE IN MINUTES, NOT WEEKS

Nano Home Loans Variable Owner Occupied, Principal and Interest (Refinance Only)

  • No application or ongoing fees.
  • 100% free offset sub account.
  • Fast online application, approval in minutes not weeks.
  • Mobile app, Visa debit card, Apple and Google Pay
  • Refinance loans and variable rates only.
VariableMore details
ZERO APPLICATION FEESFEE FREE OFFSET

Owner Occupier Accelerates - Celebrate (LVR < 60%) (Principal and Interest)

  • We lower your rate based off how much you’ve paid down your loan
  • Automatic rate match
  • No upfront or ongoing fees
ZERO APPLICATION FEESFEE FREE OFFSET

Owner Occupier Accelerates - Celebrate (LVR < 60%) (Principal and Interest)

  • We lower your rate based off how much you’ve paid down your loan
  • Automatic rate match
  • No upfront or ongoing fees

Rates correct as of January 18, 2022. View disclaimer.


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Harrison is Savings.com.au's Assistant Editor. Prior to joining Savings in January 2020, he worked for some of Australia's largest comparison sites and media organisations. With a keen interest in the economy, housing policy, and personal finance, Harrison is passionate about breaking down complex financial topics for the everyday consumer.

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