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

Tom Watson

02 Oct 2019

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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.

Compare home loans 2019 - rates updated daily

  • Promoted

    loans.com.au

    2.88% p.a. variable

    2.90% p.a.

    $1234

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    Smart Home Loan

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

    • 2.88% p.a. variable

    • 2.90% p.a.

    • $520

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • 80.00%

    • $50,000

    • $1,000,000

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Smart Home Loan

  • Promoted

    UBank

    2.84% p.a. variable

    2.84% p.a.

    $1234

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    UHomeLoan - Discount Offer

    Free redraw with flexible repayments. Min 20% deposit. Winner of a Mozo Experts Choice Award 2019 in the Low Cost Home Loan category^.

    • 2.84% p.a. variable

    • 2.84% p.a.

    • $0

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • 80.00%

    • $200,000

    • -

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the UHomeLoan - Discount Offer

  • Promoted

    ANZ

    3.24% p.a. variable

    3.28% p.a.

    $1234

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    Simplicity PLUS Special Offer LVR <80%

    Low rate. No ongoing fees. Can make extra repayments & redraw. Min. 20% deposit. Apply by 31/01/20 and settle by 30/04/20 for $2,500 cashback on eligible refinanced loans of $250K+ (incl. any new lending). Offer terms, fees, charges and elig. criteria apply.

    • 3.24% p.a. variable

    • 3.28% p.a.

    • $0

    • $0.00

    • $160.00

    • yes - free

    • yes

    • no

    • 80.00%

    • $50,000

    • -

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    • Refinance by 31 January 2020 to receive up to $3,500 cash back depending on the loan amount with an ANZ linked transaction account.

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Simplicity PLUS Special Offer LVR <80%

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    Suncorp

    2.89% p.a.
    fixed 3 years

    3.70% p.a.

    $1234

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    Fixed Home Loan Special Offer Home Package Plus

    Receive a $2,000 cash bonus when you take out a Home Package Plus home loan of $250,000 or more (T&Cs apply). No monthly account keeping fee & No loan establishment fee.

    • 2.89% p.a.
      fixed 3 years

    • 3.70% p.a.

    • $0

    • $375.00 yearly

    • $350.00

    • yes - free up to $500 per month

    • no

    • no

    • 90.00%

    • $150,000

    • -

    • Fixed

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    • Receive $2,000 when you refinance an existing loan of $250,000 or more with an LVR of <90%. Apply by 13 December 2019 and settle by 5 March 2020.

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Fixed Home Loan Special Offer

  • Promoted

    Newcastle Permanent

    3.19% p.a. variable

    3.23% p.a.

    $1234

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    Special Real Deal Home Loan

    Free extra repayments. No application or service fees. Only 10% deposit needed. Winner of a Mozo Experts Choice Award 2019 for the First Home Buyer Loan and Investor Home Loan categories.^

    • 3.19% p.a. variable

    • 3.23% p.a.

    • $0

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - fees apply

    • yes - partial only

    • 90.00%

    • $150,000

    • -

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Special Real Deal Home Loan

  • Promoted

    Reduce Home Loans

    2.77% p.a. variable

    2.78% p.a.

    $1234

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    Rate Buster High Lend Variable Home Loan

    Low variable rate. Extra repayments may be made at any time without penalty. 100% offset account available at $10/month. Loan Splits available.

    • 2.77% p.a. variable

    • 2.78% p.a.

    • $0

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free

    • yes

    • yes - optional $10/month

    • 80.00%

    • $200,000

    • $3,500,000

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Rate Buster High Lend Variable Home Loan

  • Promoted

    Bank of Queensland

    2.99% p.a.
    fixed 3 years

    3.72% p.a.

    $1234

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    Discount Fixed Rate 300k+

    Minimum loan amount of $300k. 20% deposit needed. Free additional repayments up to $5,000 per year.

    • 2.99% p.a.
      fixed 3 years

    • 3.72% p.a.

    • $450

    • $10.00 monthly

    • $320.00

    • yes - free up to $5,000 p.a

    • no

    • no

    • 80.00%

    • $300,000

    • -

    • Fixed

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Discount Fixed Rate 300k+

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    Queensland Country Credit Union

    3.49% p.a.
    fixed 3 years

    3.90% p.a.

    $1234

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    RateSaver

    No Annual or Monthly Loan Maintenance Fees. Pay up to $10,000 in additional repayments each year. Borrow up to 90% LVR.

    • 3.49% p.a.
      fixed 3 years

    • 3.90% p.a.

    • $500

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - up to $10,000 per year

    • no

    • no

    • 90.00%

    • $100,000

    • $5,000,000

    • Fixed

    • Interest Only

    • Investor

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the RateSaver

  • Promoted

    CUA

    3.20% p.a. variable

    3.25% p.a.

    $1234

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    Achieve Variable Home Loan

    No Loan Establishment Fee, annual or monthly account keeping fees. Enjoy the flexibility of being able to make unlimited extra repayments without penalty. Borrow up to 90% of the property value.

    • 3.20% p.a. variable

    • 3.25% p.a.

    • $835

    • $0.00

    • $500.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • yes - partial up to $15,000 maximum

    • 90.00%

    • $100,000

    • $5,000,000

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Achieve Variable Home Loan

  • Promoted

    Tic:Toc

    2.84% p.a. variable

    2.85% p.a.

    $1234

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    Variable Home Loan

    Get full approval online. Award-winning platform could save you thousands with super-low rates. No application, valuation or settlement fees. Fee-free redraws and extra repayments. Optional offset account for $10 per month. Winner of a Mozo Experts Choice Award 2019 for Online Home Lender of the Year 2019.^

    • 2.84% p.a. variable

    • 2.85% p.a.

    • $0

    • $0.00

    • $325.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • Optional - $10 per month

    • 90.00%

    • $50,000

    • $2,000,000

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Variable Home Loan

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**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.

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