Big bank RBA watch: How do ANZ, CommBank, NAB and Westpac home loan rates compare after cuts?

It’s official - Australia’s big four banks have now weighed in on the October RBA decision by announcing their respective cuts to variable home loan rate offers. 

And not a single one has passed on a full 25 basis point cut. 

The Commonwealth Bank was the first of the major banks to make a move just hours after the Reserve Bank cut the official cash rate from 1.00% to 0.75%. 

Commbank announced a 0.13% reduction across its Standard Variable Rate home loan offers, with the new Standard Variable rate for owner occupiers making principal and interest repayments set to drop to 4.80% (4.95% comparison rate*) from October 22. 

NAB was the second of the big four to move, with an announcement on Tuesday evening that it would shave 0.15% off its variable rate Tailored Home Loans. The decision means the NAB Tailored Home Loan for owner occupiers making principal and interest repayments will drop to 4.77% (4.90% comparison rate*) as of October 11. 

“With the RBA cash rate at historic lows, the cost of deposits comes under pressure,” said NAB Chief Customer Officer Consumer Banking, Mike Baird, in a statement released on Tuesday night.

“This dynamic is unlikely to change for the foreseeable future, but we’re determined to support all our customers and play our part by continuing to lend to boost growth and confidence in the economy.”

                   

Meanwhile, ANZ (0.14% reduction) and Westpac (0.15% reduction) also announced changes to their respective variable home loan rates. 

ANZ’s move means that their Standard Variable Rate loan for owner occupiers making principal and interest repayments will fall to 4.79% (4.89% comparison rate*) as of October 11. 

Westpac’s decision, which will be effective as of October 16, drops the Rocket Repay Home Loan rate for owner occupiers making principal and interest repayments to 4.83% (4.97% comparison rate*). 

Are there greener pastures elsewhere for Aussie mortgage holders?  

With an average home loan rate in the Mozo database of 3.87% (for owner occupiers making principal and interest repayments) as of October 1, and a handful of lenders offering rates below 3.00%, Mozo Director, Kirsty Lamont, has urged Aussies to look beyond their current lenders if they’re not getting value for money. 

“Now that the Reserve Bank has cut rates again the door is well and truly open for new borrowers and refinancers to snag a competitive deal on their home loans,” she said. 

“If you haven't already, now is the time to take a long hard look at your current interest rate and seriously weigh up whether it may be time to give your lender the flick if they’re no longer up to scratch.”  

Among the lenders who have already announced rate cuts following the Reserve Bank’s decision, online lenders Athena Home Loans, Homestar and UBank have all passed on a full 25 basis point cut.

Athena’s Variable Home Loan now stands at 2.84% (2.80% comparison rate*), Homestar’s Star Essentials Home Loan sits at 2.74% (2.77% comparison rate*) for new borrowers and will apply to existing borrowers from October 28, while UBank’s UHomeLoan - Discount offer will drop to 2.84% (2.84% comparison rate*) from October 29.   

So if you’re ready to take the leap, make sure you check out the hot home loan offers below, or keep up to date with all the important home loan rate changes by heading over to our Naughty or Nice table.

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  • Basic Home Loan

    Fixed, Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest, LVR<70%

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    Initial monthly repayment
    6.25% p.a.
    fixed 3 years
    6.20% p.a.

    No upfront or ongoing fees. Free extra repayments and redraw facility. Option to earn Qantas points. Min 30% deposit required. Borrow up to $750,000.

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  • Discounted Home Value Loan

    Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest, LVR 70-80%

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    6.09% p.a. variable
    6.09% p.a.

    Enjoy competitive rates for owner occupiers. Enjoy unlimited free extra repayments. Flexibility to redraw additional payments for free. No ongoing monthly service fee. Settlement fee waived on new borrowings from $50,000 (T&Cs apply).

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  • Fixed Rate

    Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest, <80% LVR

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    6.54% p.a.
    fixed 2 years
    7.10% p.a.

    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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  • Basic Home Loan

    Owner Occupier, LVR<60%, Principal & Interest

    interest rate
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    Initial monthly repayment
    6.14% p.a. variable
    6.16% p.a.

    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.

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  • Mortgage Simplifier

    LVR<80%, Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest

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    Initial monthly repayment
    6.14% p.a. variable
    6.17% p.a.

    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.

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  • Offset Home Loan

    Package, Owner Occupier, LVR<60%, Principal & Interest

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    Initial monthly repayment
    6.14% p.a. variable
    6.39% p.a.

    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.

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  • Variable Home Loan 90

    Principal and Interest, LVR <90%

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    Initial monthly repayment
    6.04% p.a. variable
    6.06% p.a.

    Affordable home loan rate for buyers or refinancers. No monthly or ongoing fees. Option to add an offset for 0.10%. Access to savings with unlimited redraws available. Minimum 10% deposit required.

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* 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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