After RBA’s record low rate cut demand for fixed rates goes up
After the RBA announced a record low cash rate of 2% last week, the demand for fixed rate home loans has seen a rise. With borrowers keen to take advantage of the rate cut, Mozo saw a huge lift of 350% in visits to its fixed rate loan pages last week compared to the previous month.
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Even though variable rates have gone as low as 3.98% with most lenders passing on the full 0.25% cut, fixed rates are even lower.
Mozo data shows that in May 2013, the best three year fixed rate was 0.24% higher than the best variable, while today, a popular three year fixed loan can be found for just 3.95%.
“With fixed rate loans closing the gap on variable rates, the appeal of locking-in your loan for three years or more has grown considerably since Tuesday.”
“With interest rates likely to stay on hold in the coming months, now could really be the time to fix and reap the savings,” said Mozo Director, Kirsty Lamont.
Monthly repayments on the lowest three year fixed rate of 3.95% would be $1,575, while for the lowest variable rate loan (3.98%) the figure comes to $1,582 per month. Although it is only a difference of $7, that amount could be a lot higher if we see rates rise before May 2018.
Mozo’s list of lenders who have passed on the rate cut has grown slowly since Tuesday when the RBA first announced the new cash rate. However, ANZ is the only Big 4 bank to pass on the full 0.25% to its variable home loan customers, while the other three banks haven’t reduced rates by the whole 0.25% amount.
“With funding costs low, there is really no reason why lenders shouldn’t be passing on the full 25 basis point discount,” said Lamont.
Lamont explained borrowers need to make sure their lender is passing on discounts to existing customers and not just keeping the best deals for new customers.
“Some lenders are holding off announcing the discount for existing customers, so check whether your lender is cutting rates and when you’ll be seeing lower repayments,” said Lamont.