All Big Four banks have hiked home loan rates. Is now a good time to refinance?

A home loan holder looks at the crumbling cliff behind them.

With CBA, NAB, ANZ, and Westpac each announcing another 0.25% rate hike for new and existing home loan customers, Aussie mortgage holders are wondering one thing: can I save by switching home loans?

Since May 2022, we’ve seen 3.75% worth of variable home loan rate rises from the Big Four, which is 0.75% higher than the upper serviceability limit on new home loan applications.

This means if you took out your mortgage in the last few years, you may be paying more now than you were ever expected to and approved for.

“The reason cited for these hikes, according to the banks, is an increase in funding cost pressures, which then have a ripple effect on interest rates,” says Mozo banking expert, Peter Marshall.

Savings accounts and term deposits have seen helpful boosts, but these have not been nearly as dramatic as the added burden to mortgagors, which have added anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars extra to monthly repayments.

“Whilst a rate hike is never good news for consumers, there’s no reason you should be paying more for your mortgage," explains Marshall.

"So if you’ve been affected by the recent rate rises, now could be a great time to make the switch.”

How much can I save by refinancing

If you’ve seen your home loan rate go up in the last year and need to know what it means for your wallet, let's dive in. We’ve taken our home loan repayments calculator for a spin to help you understand these changes, and see how much you can save by switching home loans.

If you were borrowing $500,000 and paying principal and interest over 25 years on the current average loan rate in Mozo’s database of 6.12% (for owner-occupiers making P&I repayments), your monthly repayments would have come to $3,258.

But, if your lender hiked your rate by 25 basis points, you’d pay an extra $78 a month or $936 a year.

However, if you were to refinance your home loan for the current lowest rate in our database of 4.89%, you’d only pay $2,891, saving you $4,404 that year.

If your home loan rate just went up and you’re thinking of refinancing, check out some of the great offers below, or head over to our home loan comparison tool to find a deal that works for you.

Refinance home loans - last updated 28 May 2024

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