Big bank loyalty trap costs borrowers $19 million a day


19 Sep 2018

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f you’ve still got a mortgage with a big bank despite the recent rate hikes, it might be time to reconsider. New research from Mozo reveals that the big bank loyalty trap is costing Aussie borrowers $19 million a day in missed interest savings.*

That’s right, switching to the most competitive home loan on the market could deliver the average Big 4 bank customer up to $2,995 in savings each year**. So, why do so many of us stay put? Convenience is a factor for many, as is the mentality that switching is just too hard. But there are signs this is changing, with Mozo seeing a huge spike in recent days in Aussies comparing home loans online.

If you’re unhappy with your mortgage rate going up, why not make today the day you review your options and see how much you can save by switching. Here are some of the top home loans on the market right now to get you started….

LOW RATE HOME LOANS Essentials Variable 90
  • 3.64% variable rate (3.66% comparison rate*)

  • No ongoing fees (upfront fee applies)

A low-rate home loan that could save you thousands. No monthly or ongoing fees. Unlimited additional repayments. Unlimited free redraws with no minimum redraw amount.

UBank UHomeLoan - Discount Offer
  • 3.59% variable and comparison rate*

  • $0 upfront or ongoing fees

A low rate Home Loan with no bank fees on variable rate loans. Easy & fast to apply. Choose between flexible repayments and make extra repayments for free on a variable rate home loan.

HSBC Discounted Home Value Loan
  • 3.64% variable rate (3.66% comparison rate*)

  • No ongoing fees

Enjoy a discounted rate for the life of the loan, plus free extra repayments and a free online redraw facility. You'll also get a dedicated relationship manager to help you through the application process.

Tic:Toc Fixed Home Loan
  • 3.64% fixed rate for 2 years (3.65% comparison rate)

  • No application, assessment, valuation or ongoing fees

100% online assessment and approval. No upfront or ongoing fees. Free unlimited redraw plus free additional repayments up to $20,000 and the flexibility to add on an offset account for $10 a month, even on fixed loans.

Virgin Money Reward Me Variable Rate Home Loan
Virgin Money
  • Variable rates from 3.64% depending on loan size (3.78% comparison rate)

  • Apply by 30 November 2018

Receive 20,000 Velocity Points for every $100,000 drawn at settlement. Pay $0 application fees and access a 100% offset account to save on interest. 

*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 the amount and term you entered.

**Initial monthly repayment figures are estimates only, based on the advertised rate, and a loan of $500,000 repaid over 25 years. 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.

^See information about the Mozo Experts Choice Home loans Awards

*Mozo compared the typical variable loan rate of each of the Big 4 lenders against the best rate on the market to find the potential savings per customer and then multiplied this by the estimated number of variable owner occupier customers at each lender to come up with a collective figure of savings. Rates are based on an 80% LVR loan of $300,000 to owner-occupiers over a 30-year term. Calculations were done on 12 September 2018.

**Based on the highest published package rate of a Big 4 bank for a loan of $300,000 of 4.72% versus 3.44%, the lowest rate in Mozo's database.

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