NAB has cut interest rates on investment interest-only loans, a market that has seen a lot of activity in recent weeks.

Curiously, NAB made cuts by up to 60 basis points on its 'In Arrears' products, which despite what the name might suggest, aren't for people falling behind on their mortgages.

Interest-only home loans can be paid one of two ways - in arrears, or in advance.

'In arrears' means paying the interest off at the end of each month, while 'in advance' payments are made once a year.

Paying in advance could help bring forward tax-deductible interest payments.

The 'In Arrears' home loans to see cuts by 60 basis points were:

  • Inv Tailored FIxed IO in arrears 1 year: Now 2.89% p.a. (5.13% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Inv Tailored FIxed IO in arrears 2 years: Now 2.79% p.a. (4.91% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Inv Tailored FIxed IO in arrears 3 years: Now 2.79% p.a. (4.70% p.a. comparison rate*)

NAB also cut interest rates on the same product line fixed for four and five years by 20 basis points.

Meanwhile, ANZ raised rates by 10 basis points on two key residential home loan products, both fixed for two years. They are:

  • Breakfree Residential Fixed 2 Years 150k+: Now 2.29% p.a. (4.02% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Residential Fixed 2 Years: Now 2.44% p.a. (4.10% p.a. comparison rate*)

This slight hike on home loans recently is not unique - ME Bank raised rates by up to 30 basis points at the start of May, a day before its redraw controversy broke.

Both ANZ and NAB were contacted for comment but did not respond in time for deadline.

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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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.

Reduce, Tic:Toc also cut rates

Challenger brands Reduce Home Loans and Tic:Toc also made a number of home loan rate cuts in the past week.

Some key cuts were:


Reduce cut rates on quite a large number of residential loans, including the headline product:

  • Low Rider Variable 70% LVR: 15 basis point cut to 2.29% p.a. (2.32% p.a. comparison rate*)

A number of other loans in the same product category with 80% LVR, and also ones paying interest-only, were cut by up to 45 basis points.


Tic:Toc in the past week made just one key cut, which was a 15 basis point cut to the Live In Variable home loan paying principal and interest, down to 2.39% p.a. (2.40% p.a. comparison rate*).

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