April home loans snapshot: Rate hikes may be drawing to a close

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The Reserve Bank’s relentless rate hike campaign — which commenced in May last year and has brought the cash rate to its highest level since 2012 — may finally be coming to a close.

At last month’s meeting, RBA governor Philip Lowe softened his tone around how high rates were expected to go. And with a number of key economic indicators now softer than expected, there’s a good chance the board will hold the cash rate steady this month.

Borrowers may still have to endure one more hike at some point, but the prospect of rates stabilising is welcome news. Since the RBA tightening cycle started, national dwelling values have fallen 9.1%, as investors and owner occupiers alike sit on the sidelines. 

A restoration of confidence will help slow the property downturn, as more Australians decide to take the plunge and enter the market. But what do mortgage rates look like at the moment? Below, we look at where fixed and variable rates currently sit.

Fixed home loans now average above a ‘5’

The ultra-low fixed rates many had gotten accustomed to during the pandemic period have long disappeared. These days, most fixed rates begin with a ‘5’ and there are just two in Mozo’s database that start with a ‘4’. 

At the time of writing, the average fixed rate for owner occupiers with an 80% LVR and a $400,000 loan are:

  • 1-year: 5.78% p.a.
  • 2-year: 5.97% p.a.
  • 3-year: 6.05% p.a.
  • 4-year: 6.33% p.a.
  • 5-year: 6.42% p.a.

Recent home loan rate movements

Variable rate home loans

  • IMB Bank bucked the trend and only increased its headline Budget Home Loan rate by 20bp, now from 5.19% (5.20% comp rate*)
  • ANZ introduced a new tier on its Simplicity PLUS loan for borrowers with LVR’s under 60%. The lowest rate on this product last month was for LVR’s up to 70% at 5.09% (5.10% comp rate*). 
  • Commonwealth Bank increased rates on its Extra Home Loan by 35bp for Extra Home Loan customers with LVR’s under 70%. All other variable rates were increased 25bp but, late in the month, lower LVR options under the Wealth Package were lifted a further 2 to 25bp.

Fixed rate home loans

  • ING fixed rates are up 35bp for 1 year, 25bp for 2 years, and 10bp for 3 and 4 year options.
  • Macquarie reduced all fixed rates by 30bp regardless of term.
  • Commonwealth Bank increased its 1 year rates by 40bp, 2 year rates by 10bp and 3 year rates by 20bp, but 4 and 5 year rates were not changed.

Current lowest home loan rates

Below are the lowest variable and fixed mortgage rates (P&I, LVR <80%) among lenders we track.

Lowest variable rates — Mozo database (April 1, 2022)^^

LenderLoanVariable rate
Homeloans360Owner Variable Home Loan (Plus, LVR <80%)4.84% p.a. (4.84% p.a. comparison rate*)
OneTwoVariable Rate Home Loan (Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest, LVR <80%)4.84% p.a. (4.76% p.a comparison rate*)
Gateway BankGreen Plus Home Loan (Premium Package)4.89% p.a. (5.18% p.a. comparison rate*)
Qantas MoneyVariable Home Loan (Owner Occupier, Principal and Interest, LVR <90%)4.89% p.a. (4.95% p.a. comparison rate*)

Lowest and average fixed rates — Mozo database (April 1, 2022)^^

TermRate leaderFixed rate
1-yearIMB Bank5.04% p.a. (5.66% p.a. comparison rate*)
2-yearIMB Bank5.24% p.a. (5.65% p.a. comparison rate*)
3-yearQueensland Country Bank4.99% p.a. (6.37% p.a. comparison rate*)
4-yearING5.34% p.a. (5.30% p.a. comparison rate*)
5-yearING5.44% p.a. (5.35% p.a. comparison rate*)

The above are the lowest rates available in our database for borrowers with an <80% LVR. More competitive rates are available for borrowers with lower loan-to-value ratios.

Thinking about buying a property or refinancing your existing mortgage? Use Mozo’s home loan comparison table to examine lenders side-by-side, or use our refinance calculator to see how much you could save.

Home loan comparisons on Mozo

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Last updated 19 July 2024 Important disclosures and comparison rate warning*
  • Unloan Variable

    • Owner Occupier
    • LVR <80%
    Interest rate
    5.99 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    5.90 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $2,995
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    Built by CommBank, the Unloan is the first home loan with an increasing discount (conditions apply) for borrowers. No application or banking fees. No monthly account keeping or early exit fees. Apply online in minutes.

  • Optimum Fixed Rate Home Loan

    • Owner Occupier
    • Principal & Interest
    Interest rate
    5.69 % p.a.
    Fixed 3 years
    Comparison rate
    6.34 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $2,899
    Go to site

    Lock in a competitive interest rate and enjoy peace of mind for the fixed period. Available for owner occupied new and refinanced home loans with at least 20% deposit. Split option available as well as offset and redraw. Noapplication, ongoing or banking fees. Third Party fees may be applicable - payable within loan repayments. Extra repayments up to $20K per annum permitted. Apply online, 100% member owned credit union.

  • Special Real Deal Home Loan

    • Owner Occupier
    • Principal & Interest
    • LVR <80%
    Interest rate
    6.09 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.13 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,027
    Go to site

    Refinancers or first home buyers pay no monthly or annual fees. Flexibility to choose your repayment schedule (weekly, fortnightly or monthly). Redraw facility available. Split your home loan into multiple loan accounts.

  • Optimum Fixed Rate Home Loan

    • Owner Occupier
    • Principal & Interest
    Interest rate
    5.69 % p.a.
    Fixed 3 years
    Comparison rate
    6.34 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $2,899
    Go to site

    Lock in a competitive interest rate and enjoy peace of mind for the fixed period. Available for owner occupied new and refinanced home loans with at least 20% deposit. Split option available as well as offset and redraw. Noapplication, ongoing or banking fees. Third Party fees may be applicable - payable within loan repayments. Extra repayments up to $20K per annum permitted. Apply online, 100% member owned credit union.

  • Unloan Variable

    • Owner Occupier
    • LVR <80%
    Interest rate
    5.99 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    5.90 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $2,995
    Go to site

    Built by CommBank, the Unloan is the first home loan with an increasing discount (conditions apply) for borrowers. No application or banking fees. No monthly account keeping or early exit fees. Apply online in minutes.

  • Express Home Loan

    • Owner Occupier
    • Principal & Interest
    • LVR <90%
    Interest rate
    6.01 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.14 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,001
    Go to site

    Get online approval from the award-winning Bendigo Bank Express Home Loan. Multiple offset accounts and redraw available. 100% offset on variable rate loans and partial offset on fixed rate. Flexible repayment options. New home loans only.

  • Special Real Deal Home Loan

    • Owner Occupier
    • Principal & Interest
    • LVR <80%
    Interest rate
    6.09 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.13 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,027
    Go to site

    Refinancers or first home buyers pay no monthly or annual fees. Flexibility to choose your repayment schedule (weekly, fortnightly or monthly). Redraw facility available. Split your home loan into multiple loan accounts.

  • Fixed Rate Loan

    • Owner Occupier
    • Principal & Interest
    • LVR <80%
    Interest rate
    6.09 % p.a.
    Fixed 3 years
    Comparison rate
    6.15 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,027

    Additional repayments of up to $10K per fixed year. Interest rate discounts available. Waiver of $499 application fee when combined with an Orange Advantage Home Loan.

  • Basic Home Loan

    • Owner Occupier
    • LVR<60%
    • Principal & Interest
    Interest rate
    6.14 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.16 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,043
    Go to site

    Enjoy a low rate home loan with $0 application fee and $0 ongoing fees. Flexibility to split your loan and set different repayment types. Fee free redraw from your loan using online banking. Flexible ways to repay. 40% Deposit required.

  • Mortgage Simplifier

    • LVR<80%
    • Owner Occupier
    • Principal & Interest
    Interest rate
    6.14 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.17 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,043

    Get a competitive variable rate with ING’s Mortgage Simplifier. Free extra repayments, no monthly or annual fees. Freedom to make free extra repayments or redraws.

  • Offset Home Loan

    • Owner Occupier
    • LVR<60%
    • Principal & Interest
    Interest rate
    6.14 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.39 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,043
    Go to site

    Ability to open up to 10 offset accounts per loan account. Fast online application. Linked Debit Mastercard® with fee-free access at ATMs across Australia. Package a credit card with your home loan and the annual card fee will be waived (T&Cs apply). 40% deposit required.

  • Basic Home Loan

    • Fixed
    • Owner Occupier
    • Principal & Interest
    • LVR<70%
    Interest rate
    6.25 % p.a.
    Fixed 3 years
    Comparison rate
    6.20 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,079
    Go to site

    No upfront or ongoing fees. Free extra repayments and redraw facility. Option to earn Qantas points. Min 30% deposit required. Borrow up to $10,000,000.

  • Offset Home Loan

    • Fixed
    • Owner Occupier
    • Principal & Interest
    • LVR <70%
    Interest rate
    6.25 % p.a.
    Fixed 3 years
    Comparison rate
    6.42 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,079
    Go to site

  • Fixed Rate

    • Owner Occupier
    • Principal & Interest
    • <80% LVR
    Interest rate
    6.54 % p.a.
    Fixed 2 years
    Comparison rate
    7.10 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,174

    Enjoy up to $3000 cashback for eligible first home buyers and $2000 cashback for refinancers on eligible home loans with the ANZ Fixed Rate Home Loan. Get the security of repayment certainty with a competitive locked in rate. No ongoing fees to pay. Offset account on 1-year fixed loans ($10/month fee applies). Interest-only payments allowed.

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^^Interest rates are based on an owner occupier making principal and interest repayments on a $400,000 loan with an 80% LVR. Check out our dedicated Australian home loan statistics page for more information on average mortgage rates.

* WARNING: This comparison rate applies only to the example or examples given. Different amounts and terms will result in different comparison rates. Costs such as redraw fees or early repayment fees, and cost savings such as fee waivers, are not included in the comparison rate but may influence the cost of the loan. The comparison rate displayed is for a secured loan with monthly principal and interest repayments for $150,000 over 25 years.

** Initial monthly repayment figures are estimates only, based on the advertised rate. You can change the loan amount and term in the input boxes at the top of this table. Rates, fees and charges and therefore the total cost of the loan may vary depending on your loan amount, loan term, and credit history. Actual repayments will depend on your individual circumstances and interest rate changes.

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