Home loan rate hits new record low of 1.69%

Canstar editor-at-large and money expert, Effie Zahos says chasing a low rate should be on every homeowners’ radar.

Home loan rate hits new record low of 1.69%
Home loan rate hits new record low of 1.69%

The lowest home loan rate in the market has dropped to 1.69 percent at the Greater Bank.

It announced the new market leading rate of 1.69 percent following a cut of 0.20 percent to its 1 year fixed rate for owner occupiers paying principal and interest. 

Canstar editor-at-large and money expert, Effie Zahos says chasing a low rate should be on every homeowners’ radar.

“Interest rates will remain at rock bottom for the next three years, though fixed rates are likely to rise before variable rates do as the longer term bond market starts to anticipate monetary tightening a few years ahead,” Zahos said..

“The move from Greater Bank proves competition is still rampant in the home lending space,” she said. 

UBank is at 1.75 percent followed by Homestar at 1.75 percent.

Ratecity noted Greater Bank borrowers will need to shop around or refix their rate after the first year as the loan reverts to a variable rate of 3.66 per cent. 

Greater Bank home loans are only available for borrowers in NSW, ACT and Queensland. 

RateCity.com.au analysis shows if an owner-occupier with a $400,000 home loan switched from the average existing owner-occupier rate of 3.05 per cent, to this new rate from Greater Bank, they could potentially save $5,039 in the first year, including refinancing costs. 

However, after five years borrowers could be $3,849 worse off, unless they switch or refix their loan.

Home loan rate hits new record low of 1.69%

Notes: based on an owner occupier paying principal and interest, switching loans 5 years in to a 30 year home loan with a balance of $400K. Assumes the customer does not refix / refinance after the 1 year fixed rate expires. Refinancing costs include discharge fees but not government fees.

RateCity.com.au data shows 24 lenders have cut 317 home loan rates since 1 January.

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of our authors. Jonathan has been writing about property since the early 1980s and is editor-at-large of Property Observer.

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