Westpac raises fixed home loan rates for the fifth time this year

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on November 04, 2021 Fact Checked
Westpac raises fixed home loan rates for the fifth time this year

Off the back of raising fixed home loan rates three weeks ago, on Thursday Westpac made more changes to fixed interest rates.

Fixed interest rates were increased by between 10 basis points (0.10%), and 21 basis points (0.21%).

This increase follows on from the previous increase of 10 basis points on 19 October, as well as increases in April, June and August this year.

Across Westpac’s home loan portfolio, ‘Fixed Options', 'Investment Fixed’ and 'Premier Advantage' products for owner occupiers and investors were increased. 

Some of Westpac’s changes include:

  • Fixed Options P&I 3 Years 70%: Now 2.49% p.a. (4.10% p.a. comparison rate*)

  • Fixed Options P&I 3 Years 95%: Now 2.59% p.a. (4.20% p.a. comparison rate*)

  • Premier Advantage Fixed P&I 150k+ 3 Years 70%: Now 2.29% p.a. (3.38% p.a. comparison rate*)

  • Investment Fixed IO 3 Years 70%: Now 2.89% p.a. (4.79% p.a. comparison rate*)

Westpac subsidiaries St George, BankSA and Bank of Melbourne also made similar changes.

This comes just two days after the RBA left the cash rate unchanged at 0.10% for the 13th month in a row, but signalled it could raise it earlier than its initial 2024 guidance.

Bankwest also lifts fixed home loan rates

CommBank-owned Bankwest has increased a range of fixed home loan interest rates by between 15 and 72 basis points for fixed owner occupied and investment home loans.

The most significant rise saw Bankwest’s three year fixed rate for owner occupiers increased by 72 basis points to 2.99% p.a. (4.36% p.a. comparison rate*).

Further Bankwest rate changes across its home loan portfolio include:

  • Complete Home Loan Fixed Rate Owner Occupied P&I 5 Years 80%: Now 3.09% p.a. (4.01% p.a. comparison rate*)

  • Fixed Rate Owner Occupied P&I 3 Years 80-90%: Now 3.19% p.a. (4.41% p.a. comparison rate*)

  • Fixed Rate Investment P&I 3 Years 90%: Now 2.99% p.a. (4.82% p.a. comparison rate*)


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Jacob Cocciolone joined the Savings team in 2021 as a Finance Journalist. Driven by a passion for keeping Australians up to date with the latest financial news and trends, his areas of interest include financial technology, investing, property and motoring.

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