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

    2.57% p.a. variable

    2.59% p.a.

    $1234

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    Smart Home Loan 80

    A low-rate home loan that could save you thousands, with no ongoing fees plus unlimited extra repayments and free redraws. Mozo Experts Choice Low Cost Home Loan 2020.^ 20% deposit required. Limited time only.

    • 2.57% p.a. variable

    • 2.59% p.a.

    • $520

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • $520

    • 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 80

  • Promoted

    UBank

    2.59% p.a. variable

    2.59% p.a.

    $1234

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    UHomeLoan - Discount Offer

    Enjoy a super low rate, $0 fees and easy application with the Mozo Experts Choice Home Lender Bank of the Year.^ Free redraw with flexible repayments. Min 20% deposit.

    • 2.59% p.a. variable

    • 2.59% p.a.

    • $0

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • $0

    • 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

    HSBC

    2.09% p.a.
    fixed 2 years

    2.98% p.a.

    $1234

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    Fixed Rate Home Loan

    Have the security of a fixed rate for 2 years with the option to split with one of the HSBC variable Home Loans. No ongoing monthly service fees or annual fees. Mozo Experts Choice Fixed Home Loan 2020^

    • 2.09% p.a.
      fixed 2 years

    • 2.98% p.a.

    • $0

    • $0.00

    • $300.00

    • yes - free up to $10,000 p.a.

    • no

    • no

    • $0

    • 80.00%

    • $50,000

    • $7,500,000

    • Fixed

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

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

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    Suncorp

    2.29% p.a.
    fixed 2 years

    3.32% p.a.

    $1234

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    Fixed Home Loan Special Offer Home Package Plus

    No monthly account keeping fees & No loan establishment fee. Get a $2,000 cash bonus when you refinance with an eligible Suncorp Bank Home Loan of $250k+. T&Cs & eligibility criteria apply.

    • 2.29% p.a.
      fixed 2 years

    • 3.32% p.a.

    • $0

    • $375.00 yearly

    • $350.00

    • yes - free up to $500 per month

    • no

    • no

    • $0

    • 90.00%

    • $150,000

    • -

    • Fixed

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    • Refinance from another lender to receive a $2,000 cash bonus for loans of at least $250,000 or $3,000 bonus for loans over $750,000. Available for loans with an LVR <90% and applications made by 30 September 2020 and settled by 29 December 2020.

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

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    Newcastle Permanent

    2.18% p.a.
    fixed 2 years

    3.72% p.a.

    $1234

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    Special Fixed Rate Home Loan Premium Plus Package

    Enjoy a great low rate with no ongoing fees. Ability to split your loan between fixed and variable. 100% offset account. Extra repayments and redraw facility.

    • 2.18% p.a.
      fixed 2 years

    • 3.72% p.a.

    • $0

    • $395.00 yearly

    • $0.00

    • yes - free up to $25,000 p.a.

    • yes - free

    • no

    • $0

    • 80.00%

    • $5,000

    • -

    • Fixed

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

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

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    People's Choice Credit Union

    2.69% p.a. variable

    2.69% p.a.

    $1234

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    Basic Variable Home Loan

    A People’s Choice Basic Variable home loan allows you to enjoy a simple, non-complicated home loan with a competitive rate and no upfront or ongoing fees. It also allows you to have the freedom to make extra repayments to pay off your loan sooner.

    • 2.69% p.a. variable

    • 2.69% p.a.

    • $0

    • $0.00

    • $350.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • $0

    • 80.00%

    • $150,000

    • -

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

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

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    Hot Deal $2,500 cashback when you refinance your home loan to BOQ (T&Cs apply)

    Bank of Queensland

    2.29% p.a.
    fixed 2 years

    3.52% p.a.

    $1234

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    Discount Fixed Rate

    Have the certainty of fixed repayments with a competitive rate from BOQ. Flexible repayment options available and make up to $5,000 in additional repayments annually. $2,500 cashback when you refinance your home loan to BOQ (min. $250k lending, max 70% LVR, T&Cs apply).

    • 2.29% p.a.
      fixed 2 years

    • 3.52% p.a.

    • $450

    • $10.00 monthly

    • $350.00

    • yes - free up to $5,000 p.a

    • no

    • no

    • $450

    • 80.00%

    • $150,000

    • -

    • Fixed

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    • $2,500 cashback when you refinance your home loan to BOQ, min $250,000, 70% LVR or less. Apply before 15 August 2020, settle by 31 October 2020.

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

  • Promoted

    Yard

    2.39% p.a. variable

    2.42% p.a.

    $1234

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    Variable Home Loan Winter Special

    Yard’s low-rate variable winter special home loan is packed with all features – unlimited additional repayments, free redraw, 100% offset account. Enjoy a simple online application. Special rate applies to home loan applications submitted by 31 July 2020.

    • 2.39% p.a. variable

    • 2.42% p.a.

    • $835

    • $0.00

    • $500.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • Optional - $10 per month

    • $835

    • 80.00%

    • $150,000

    • $850,000

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    • Special rate applies to home loan applications submitted by 31 July 2020.

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

  • Promoted

    Mortgage House

    2.44% p.a.
    fixed 3 years

    2.60% p.a.

    $1234

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    Switch and Save Special - Fixed Rate Home Loan

    Lock in this super-low rate for 3 years so you can budget accordingly and avoid the stress of a sudden rate rise. Avoid unnecessary costs with no monthly fees or ongoing package fees.

    • 2.44% p.a.
      fixed 3 years

    • 2.60% p.a.

    • $1,440

    • $0.00

    • $500.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • Optional - $10 per month

    • $1,440

    • 80.00%

    • $150,000

    • $5,000,000

    • Fixed

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Switch and Save Special - Fixed Rate Home Loan

  • Promoted

    Newcastle Permanent

    2.94% p.a. variable

    3.34% p.a.

    $1234

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    Discounted Variable Home Loan Premium Plus Package

    Enjoy a great low rate with no ongoing fees. Ability to split your loan between fixed and variable. 100% offset account. Extra repayments and redraw facility.

    • 2.94% p.a. variable

    • 3.34% p.a.

    • $0

    • $395.00 yearly

    • $0.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • yes

    • $0

    • 80.00%

    • $150,000

    • -

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

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

*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.

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