Big banks announce cuts following RBA decision, but it’s smaller lenders you should be watching

In the 24 hours since the RBA cut the cash rate, we’ve seen a flurry of activity on the home loan front as banks and lenders scramble to revise their interest rates.

Some were ready from the get-go, announcing their plans within minutes of the cut. Others were less proactive. As decisions continue to trickle through, let’s take a look at the lenders that have already made moves.

Big banks delay cuts by up to three weeks

We received word of all four major banks’ plans within a few hours of the RBA announcement. ANZ was the first to budge, announcing it would be passing on just 0.18% of the cut to its home loan customers, in a move condemned by Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe.

The other big banks were more generous. Both Commonwealth Bank and NAB announced they would be cutting the full 0.25% off their range of variable rate home loans — impressive considering the two didn’t cut more than 0.13% following 2016’s rate cut.

Meanwhile Westpac announced it would be cutting a modest 0.20% for owner occupiers, and 0.35% for investors making interest only repayments.

While this can only mean good news for anyone with a mortgage in the long run, it’s worth paying attention to how long the banks will wait before actually implementing the cuts for their customers.

Cuts made by the Big 4

CutEffective DateDelay
ANZ-0.18%14 June10 days
CommBank-0.25%25 June21 days
NAB-0.25%14 June10 days
Westpac-0.20%18 June14 days

The last time the RBA reduced the cash rate, the major banks refrained from passing on the cut immediately, allowing them to pocket an extra $7.1 million per day. This time it looks like they’ll be delaying the cut by an average of almost 14 days.

Smaller lenders act quickly to attract borrowers

Smaller lenders, on the other hand, are being far less stingy. Athena, Homestar, and Reduce Home Loans all passed on the full rate cut, effective immediately.

So while some of the big banks wait up to three weeks to offer borrowers relief, others have been springing to action in a bid to attract more customers.

Currently, smaller lenders occupy all of the top spots in our database, with Athena offering 3.34% (3.30% comparison rate*), Homestar offering 3.24% (3.25% comparison rate*) and Reduce Home Loans offering 3.19% (3.23% comparison rate*).

So whether you’re on the market for a home loan or looking to refinance, smaller banks and lenders are shaping up to be a pretty attractive option. Check out some quality options below, or head over to our variable rate home loan comparison page for a more comprehensive overview.

Home loan comparisons on Mozo

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Last updated 18 June 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Discount Variable Home Loan

    • Owner Occupier
    • LVR<70%
    Interest rate
    5.99 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.01 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $2,995
    Go to site

    A low rate home loan for owner-occupiers packed with great features including unlimited extra repayments, free online redraw, no application or monthly admin fees. Rate will vary depending on LVR. Winner of a Mozo Experts Choice 2024 Low Cost Home Loan Award^

  • Variable Home Loan 90

    • Principal and Interest
    • LVR <90%
    Interest rate
    6.04 % p.a.
    Variable
    Comparison rate
    6.06 % p.a.
    Initial monthly repayment
    $3,011
    Go to site

    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.

  • The Better Home Loan Special Offer

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

    Enjoy a variable rate home loan with a bunch of features from Police Credit Union. Make extra repayments at any time without penalty. No monthly, annual or upfront fees. Free online redraw. Minimum 20% deposit. Qualifying criteria applies. Minimum loan amount is 200K. For new customers only. Mozo Experts Choice Home Lender Credit Union of the Year 2023.

  • 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.

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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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