Macquarie slashes home loan interest rates

author-avatar By on September 10, 2021
Macquarie slashes home loan interest rates

The cuts were wide-ranging and varied, including a 30 basis point cut for borrowers with larger deposits, in an otherwise quiet week for rate changes.

The home loan with the biggest rate cut was the basic variable product for owner occupiers, paying interest-only, with a 60% loan-to-value ratio.

It was cut by 30 basis points down to 2.59% p.a. (2.59% p.a. comparison rate*).

All up there were about 30 individual rate changes, but a handful of other cuts included:

  • Basic Variable Owner Occ P&I 60%: 15 basis point cut to 2.14% p.a. (2.14% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Basic Variable Owner Occ P&I 80%: 15 basis point cut to 2.24% p.a. (2.24% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Basic Variable Inv P&I 60%: 10 basis point cut to 2.29% p.a. (2.29% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Basic Variable Inv P&I 80%: 10 basis point cut to 2.49% p.a. (2.49% p.a. comparison rate*)

A noteworthy feature of these home loans is that the comparison rates are the same as the advertised rates - this implies there are little to no extra fees or other costs associated with the home loan.


Elsewhere, it was a pretty quiet week on the home loan front, particularly for rate cuts.

BankVic introduced a new 2 year introductory variable home loan for owner occupiers. 

The rate is 1.95% p.a. (2.92% p.a. comparison rate*).

Newcastle Permanent slashed its 'Real Deal' home loan as a special offer for owner occupiers with 80% LVR paying P&I.

The rate is 10 basis points lower, now 2.49% p.a. (2.53% p.a. comparison rate*).

Meanwhile, Heritage Bank increased rates on a handful of products by 10 basis points. Some included:

  • Residential Fixed 3 Years: Now 2.29% p.a. (4.07% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Residential Fixed 5 Years: Now 2.69% p.a. (3.91% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Investment Fixed 3 Years: Now 2.49% p.a. (4.51% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Investment Fixed 5 Years: Now 2.99% p.a. (4.35% p.a. comparison rate*)

Heritage's fixed home loans are for borrowers with up to 90% LVR. 

The reason for the gulf between the advertised rate and comparison rate is because of a $600 application fee, and an $8 per month loan service fee, while the revert rate may also factor.


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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
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
VariableMore details
REFINANCE IN MINUTES, NOT WEEKS

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

  • Refinance only. Fast online application
  • No Nano fees. Free 100% offset sub account
  • Mobile app, Visa debit card & instant payments
REFINANCE IN MINUTES, NOT WEEKS

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

  • Refinance only. Fast online application
  • No Nano fees. Free 100% offset sub account
  • Mobile app, Visa debit card & instant payments
VariableMore details
YOU COULD WIN $100k TO PAY DOWN YOUR LOAN*

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

  • For a chance to win $100K towards your home loan, apply with Athena before Oct 31 & be approved by Dec 15
  • We lower your rate based off how much you’ve paid down your loan
  • Automatic rate match
YOU COULD WIN $100k TO PAY DOWN YOUR LOAN*

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

  • For a chance to win $100K towards your home loan, apply with Athena before Oct 31 & be approved by Dec 15
  • We lower your rate based off how much you’ve paid down your loan
  • Automatic rate match
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.^

Rates correct as of October 23, 2021. View disclaimer.


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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 2019. 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.

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.

*The Comparison rate is based on a $30,000 loan over 5 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.

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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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