NAB to hold home loan rates despite rival big four hikes

NAB to hold home loan rates despite rival big four hikes
NAB to hold home loan rates despite rival big four hikes

National Australia Bank are electing not to hike their home loan rates and follow the other three of the big four banks.

Westpac raised their variable rates by 14 basis points late last month, the first to hike out of cycle.

Last week ANZ raised their rates by 16 points and were closely followed by Commonwealth Bank, the nation's largest lender, who hiked just 20 minutes later by 15 points.

NAB boss Andrew Thorburn said they need to rebuild the trust of their customers.

"By holding our NAB Standard Variable Rate longer, we help our customers for longer," Thorburn said in his statement.

“By focusing more on our customers, we build trust and advocacy, and this creates a more sustainable business.”

Thorburn said NAB will continue to regularly review its rates and assess whether current market conditions, including funding costs, continue.

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NAB to hold home loan rates despite rival big four hikes
Source: RateCity.com.au

NAB's standard variable rate (SVR) for home loans sits at 5.24 percent.

RateCity.com.au research director Sally Tindall said NAB's announcement was 'exactly what home owners need.'

"NAB has heard the complaints from the government, regularors and most importantly their customers, and has acted," she said.

"It's great to see a bank putting its customers ahead of its profit margins."

New Prime Minister Scott Morrison has taken to Twitter to praise NAB.

"Good call by NAB not to life mortgage rates," he tweeted.

"They seem to get it."

The executive director of the Finance Brokers Association of Australia (FBAA) Peter White said the decision by NAB to stand out from the crowd was "a great step and shows strong support for its 900,000 plus customers."

“I predicted all the majors would follow Westpac when it raised its variable home loan rate less than two weeks ago.

"I am pleased my prediction was wrong.

"Thank you to NAB for bucking the trend."

The decisions by the ANZ and CBA to follow Westpac were as "predictable as they were unnecessary, and their existing customers should be complaining loudly and demanding better," Mr White said.

 

 

Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson is a property journalist based in Sydney. Joel has been writing about the residential real estate market for the last five years, specializing in market trends and the economics and finance behind buying and selling real estate.

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