Popular lenders issue spate of rate cuts
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Popular lenders issue spate of rate cuts

Popular lenders issue spate of rate cuts

by Reporter | April 24, 2019 | 1 minute read

Facing the prospect of an official rate cut soon, the major banks have been cutting their home loan rates out of cycle. Which of the popular lenders moved out of cycle, and where did they move to?

Big four banks
Big four banks
by Reporter
April 24, 2019

Commonwealth Bank

Moving first in the month was the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, announcing changes for its fixed rate mortgage products.

Principal and interest three-year fixed rate home loans at the bank were changed to be now starting from 3.79 per cent, and investment fixed rate home loans from 3.99 per cent, with new customers on principal and interest loans seeing changes.

The changes to principal and interest loans were:

  • Three and four-year fixed rates for owner-occupier loans declined by 10 basis points
  • Five-year fixed rates for owner-occupier loans declined by 30 basis points
  • Two, three and five-year fixed rates for investment loans declined by 10 basis points

Westpac

Next to move was Westpac, which saw rates changes on its Fixed Option Home Loan and Fixed Rate Investment Property Loan with principal and interest repayments.

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The changes to the Fixed Option Home Loan were:

  • Three-year fixed rates declined by 10 basis points to 3.79 per cent (4.89 per cent comparison rate)
  • Four-year fixed rates declined by 20 basis points to 4.09 per cent (4.92 per cent comparison rate)
  • Five-year fixed rates declined by 10 basis points to 4.09 per cent (4.87 per cent comparison rate)

The changes to the Fixed Rate Investment Property Loan were:

  • Two-year fixed rates declined by 6 basis points to 3.89 per cent (5.42 per cent comparison rate)
  • Three-year fixed rates declined by 20 basis points to 3.99 per cent (5.33 per cent comparison rate)
  • Five-year fixed rates declined by 10 basis points to 4.39 per cent (5.30 per cent comparison rate)

NAB

Rounding out the last of the big four bank loan changes was NAB, which saw fixed rates being cut for new and existing customers for its Tailored Home Loan (Choice Package) for both investor and owner-occupier loans.

The changes to the Tailored Home Loan (Choice Package) were:

  • Owner-occupier principal and interest fixed rates declined up to 10 basis points and start from 3.79 per cent
  • Owner-occupier interest-only fixed rates declined up to 10 basis points and start from 4.29 per cent
  • Investment principal and interest fixed rates declined up to 20 basis points and start from 3.89 per cent
  • Investment interest-only fixed rates declined up to 36 basis points and start from 4.09 per cent

ING

The fifth largest home loan lender, according to Rate City, ING dropped rates for its Orange Advantage product by up to 19 basis points for owner occupiers on principal and interest.

The changes to the Orange Advantage were:

  • Two-year fixed rates declined by 16 basis points to 3.59 per cent
  • Three-year fixed rates declined by 19 basis points to 3.64 per cent
  • Five-year fixed rates declined by 10 basis points to 3.99 per cent 
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