Westpac slashes variable investment home loan rates

author-avatar By on September 28, 2021
Westpac slashes variable investment home loan rates

On Tuesday Westpac and subsidiaries St George, Bank of Melbourne, and BankSA cut interest rates on a couple of interest-only investment home loans.

For Westpac the cuts are a 30 basis point reduction off the old rates, while for subsidiaries it's 20 basis points.

Westpac's details are as follows:

  • Inv Flexi First Option 70% LVR: Down to 2.99% p.a. (3.00% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Inv Flexi First Option 80% LVR: Down to 3.09% p.a. (3.10% p.a. comparison rate*)

Similar products' interest rates were cut across the subsidiaries, however individual interest rates could differ, with more details below.

These reductions are 'special offers' meaning they could be withdrawn at any time.

Cutting interest rates on interest-only loans has been emerging trend of late, with ING and Gateway Bank doing so earlier in September.

Westpac's latest rate changes follow various rate changes made to owner occupier loans at the end of August.

Interest-only payments apply for the life of the loan, which could be favoured by investors able to pay interest-only then pay off the loan with proceeds from the home sale, provided it increases in value.

St George changes

  • Investment Basic Variable IO 60%: 20 basis point cut to 2.74% p.a. (2.76% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Investment Basic Variable IO 80%: 20 basis point cut to 2.79% p.a. (2.81% p.a. comparison rate*) 

Bank of Melbourne changes

  • Investment Basic Variable IO 60%: 20 basis point cut to 2.74% p.a. (2.76% p.a. comparison rate*)
  • Investment Basic Variable IO 80%: 20 basis point cut to 2.79% p.a. (2.81% p.a. comparison rate*) 

BankSA changes

  • Investment Basic Variable IO 80%: 20 basis point cut to 2.79% p.a. (2.81% p.a. comparison rate*) 

The home loan rates across the group are available for new lending and external refinances, but exclude internal refinancing from the group, which also includes RAMS.


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Lender
Advertised rate Comparison rate Monthly repayment Rate TypeOffsetRedrawOngoing FeeUpfront FeesLVRLump Sum RepaymentAdditional RepaymentsPre-approval
VariableMore details
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Low Rate Home Loan - Prime (Principal and Interest) (Investment) (LVR < 60%)

  • No upfront or ongoing fees
  • 100% full offset account
  • Extra repayments + redraw services
GET A FULL OFFSET ACCOUNT FOR NO EXTRA COST

Low Rate Home Loan - Prime (Principal and Interest) (Investment) (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 Investor, 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 Investor, 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
AN EASY ONLINE APPLICATION

Yard Investment Loan (Principal and Interest) (LVR < 80%)

  • No application fee
  • Unlimited additional repayments
  • Unlimited free redraws
AN EASY ONLINE APPLICATION

Yard Investment Loan (Principal and Interest) (LVR < 80%)

  • No application fee
  • Unlimited additional repayments
  • Unlimited free redraws
VariableMore details
FREE REDRAW FACILITY

Smart Investor Home Loan (Principal and Interest) (LVR < 80%)

  • Option to add an offset for 0.10%
  • Fast turnaround times, can meet 30 day settlement
  • No on-going or monthly fees
FREE REDRAW FACILITY

Smart Investor Home Loan (Principal and Interest) (LVR < 80%)

  • Option to add an offset for 0.10%
  • Fast turnaround times, can meet 30 day settlement
  • No on-going or monthly fees

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 made on variables as selected and input by the user. All products will list the LVR with the product and rate which are clearly published on the Product Provider’s web site. 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. 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 2020. 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. To be considered, the product and rate must be clearly published on the product provider's web site.

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.

*Comparison rate is based on a loan of $150,000 over a term of 25 years. Please note the comparison rate only applies to the examples given. Different loan amounts and terms will result in different comparison rates. Costs such as redraw fees and costs savings, such as fee waivers, are not included in the comparison rate but may influence the cost of the loan.

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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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