This represents a 13 basis point (bps) cut, and for that rate you'll need to be an owner-occupier paying principal and interest (P&I). 

BCU's three-year fixed rate also saw an 11 basis point cut down to 2.16% p.a. (3.63% p.a. comparison rate*). 

BCU's 'OMG! Variable Rate P&I' loan also saw a 25 basis point cut to 2.69% p.a. (2.69% p.a. comparison rate*)

These cuts generally follow on from other lenders nudging closer to the unicorn 1% advertised rate threshold, while some seem to be cutting the most for 'safer' borrowers, like those refinancing or those who have a high deposit.

Back to BCU, and the home loans that saw the biggest cuts were to its investment loans, paying both interest only (IO) and P&I.

  • Investment Fixed P&I 2 Years: 65 basis point cut to 2.39% p.a. (3.96% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Investment Fixed P&I 3 Years: 62 basis point cut to 2.44% p.a. (3.82% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Investment Fixed IO 2 Years: 57 basis point cut to 2.49% p.a. (3.98% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Investment Fixed IO 3 Years: 54 basis point cut to 2.54% p.a. (3.85% p.a. comparison rate*)

Why the high comparison rate? One of the biggest factors is it assumes after the fixed term ends, you'll go on to the standard variable rate (SVR), rather than refinance or ask for a better deal.

BCU's investment P&I SVR is 4.30% p.a. (same comparison rate*).

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.

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Important Information and Comparison Rate Warning

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 be made on variables as selected and input by the user. Some products will be marked as promoted, featured or sponsored and may appear prominently in the tables regardless of their attributes. All products will list the LVR with the product and rate which are clearly published on the product provider’s website. 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. *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. Rates correct as of . View disclaimer.

Newcastle Permanent raises home loans by 10 basis points

On Wednesday, Newcastle Permanent raised the interest rate on many of its home loans paying both IO and P&I for owner-occupiers and investors.

This theme of lenders bumping up the rate a little isn't new, given the likes of ANZ and ME Bank did so not too long ago.

For Newcastle Permanent, some of the 10 basis point bumps are below:

  • Investment Fixed P&I 1 Year: Now 3.09% p.a. (4.49% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Investment Fixed P&I 2 Years: Now 3.14% p.a. (4.36% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Residential Fixed P&I 1 Year: Now 2.49% p.a. (4.12% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Residential Fixed P& 2 Years: Now 2.54% p.a. (3.98% p.a. comparison rate*)

Three, four and five-year fixed rates also saw a rise, so too did its 'Premium Plus Package' home loans.

In the residential space, you can expect to pay a 50bps premium by going interest-only, while for investors the advertised rate tends to stay the same.

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