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A big four bank has cut interest rates across its variable and fixed rate home loan offerings for both owner-occupiers and investors.
Westpac has announced variable and fixed rate reductions of up to 130 bps across its home loan product suite, effective for new loans from 9 September.
Variable rate changes
Fixed rate changes
Following the announcement, Westpac’s general manager of home ownership, Will Ranken, said the changes have come in lieu of heightened competition in the marketplace.
“[The] changes provide a competitive offering for both property investors and owner-occupiers,” he said.
“The current low interest rate environment is driving competitive offers for home buyers, which, coupled with the new home loan incentives and discounts available, may make it an appealing time for Australians to start thinking about purchasing a home.”
Westpac is the latest lender to cut its home loan rates following the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) back-to-back cuts to the official cash rate in June and July, and amid a continued fall in wholesale funding costs.
Over the past few weeks, several lenders, including Westpac’s subsidiaries (Bank of Melbourne, BankSA and St.George Bank), have cut their mortgage rates by up to 160 bps.
Mortgage rate reductions are expected to continue, with analysts forecasting at least one additional cut to the cash rate from the RBA by the end of the year.
Mortgages are loans that are used to buy homes and other real estate where the property itself serves as collateral for the loan.
Mortgages are loans that are used to buy homes and other real estates where the property itself serves as collateral for the loan.