NAB have the most expensive home loan rates of the big four: HashChing

NAB have the most expensive home loan rates of the big four: HashChing
NAB have the most expensive home loan rates of the big four: HashChing

NAB's low home loan rate has been queried as higher than portrayed.

Praised recently as the only big four bank to keep its variable interest rates stable in the recent out of cycle rate hikes, HashChing calculates NAB already had the highest variable rates of the big four.

HashChing's claim was based on the loan rates for each of the big four banks averaged across HashChing’s data from June, July, and August.

Westpac who were slammed for being the first to hike rates out of cycle actually had the lowest rates in the first three months of the fiscal year compared to the other big four banks.

HashChing is an online home loan marketplace.

NAB have the most expensive home loan rates of the big four: HashChing

Averaged over June, July, and August, NAB had the most expensive interest rates at 3.94%, 22 basis points above Westpac’s 3.72%.

On a $500,000 home loan, this difference amounts to $24,000 over the life of a loan.

The data also showed that with new loans, Westpac was again the best choice based on rates alone.

The worst choice for consumers taking out a new loan was ANZ whose rates were at a full 26 basis points higher than Westpac, ANZ customers would spend an additional $27,000 over the life of a loan.

"It’s not just ironic, it’s audacious for NAB to proudly claim they were rebuilding trust with Australians when in fact they had the highest rates to begin," HashChing CEO Mandeep Sodhi said.

"It’s no wonder faith in the financial system has been eroded.“

"Homeowners are stressed. It’s becoming harder than ever for Australians to refinance their loans. The tightening lending restrictions, a cooling housing market, and out-of-cycle rate hikes have all had a significant impact.”

Mr Sodhi urged consumers to do their research and engage with a mortgage broker in order to navigate the rapidly changing market and get the best offer possible.

He added, “what’s a fraction of a percent worth? Tens of thousands of dollars. That’s why it’s so crucial that homeowners have reputable brokers in their corner. They do the hard work for them and help protect them from extensive losses.”

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