The value of investment loans written in July was $9.35 billion, up 1.8% from the previous month. 

On the other hand, there was another dip in first home buyers entering the market, with a 6.8% fall in the number of first home buyer loans written, following a 7.8% fall the previous month.

The number of first home buyer commitments has fallen 20% since January, but remains 20% higher than a year ago. 

The value also fell from a tick over $7 billion to just over $6.5 billion in a month.

Loan commitments to first home buyers peaked in December 2020 for a value of nearly $7.6 billion.

ABS head of finance and wealth, Katherine Keenan, explained the reasons for the pullback in first home buyer lending.

"First home buyer lending fell across all states and territories, with the largest fall seen in Victoria, followed by Queensland and New South Wales," Ms Keenan said.

"While these falls were still tied to the unwinding of strength in construction lending post-HomeBuilder, the decline in first home buyer loan commitments now appears more widespread."

New record in refinancing 

The boom in refinancing is starting to filter through to ABS data, with the bureau reporting an all-time high in refinancing in July to $17.2 billion. 

This is 6% higher than a month ago.

"The value of refinancing between lenders was 60% higher in July 2021 compared to a year ago," Ms Keenan said.

"This reflected borrowers seeking out lower interest rates, particularly for fixed rate loans, and cashback deals across a large number of major and non-major lenders."

Fixed rate loans made up just 13% of new home loan lending in March 2020, compared to July 2021 where they now make up 47% of the value of the mortgage market. 

There has also been a flurry of lenders recently announcing cashback offers, sometimes to the tune of $5,000, partly enabled by the Reserve Bank's 'Term Funding Facility' providing $200 billion in virtually zero-cost funding to banks.

Nano Home Loans' CEO, Andrew Walker, said to be wary of cashback offers.

"Consumers need to be wary of pricing gimmicks such as cashback offers and honeymoon rates available in market as they hide the true cost of the loan for a consumer," Mr Walker said.

"To truly take advantage of the low interest rates in market, consumers need to look for comparison rates that match the advertised rate as that means there are no hidden fees."

CEO non-bank lender WLTH, Brodie Haupt, also warned home loan shoppers to be wary of cashback deals.


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.

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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.

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